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U.S. and Mainland China Reach Agreement on Trade Concerns

25 May 2018

According to a joint statement issued on 19 May, the United States and mainland China have reached an agreement that will result in the suspension of U.S. plans to impose additional tariffs of 25 perc...Read More


Steel and Aluminium Tariff Exclusion Process Criticised as U.S. Temporarily Extends Exemptions for Several Countries

11 May 2018

BIS is under mounting pressure to handle the voluminous amount of product-specific exclusions companies are seeking from the additional tariffs President Trump imposed on imports of steel and aluminiu...Read More


U.S. Bans Exports to Major Mainland Chinese Telecommunications Company

27 April 2018

The United States announced on 16 April a ban on exports to mainland China’s second-largest telecommunications firm, the latest penalty against that company for violating U.S. export controls....Read More


U.S. Announces List of Mainland Chinese Products that Would Face Additional 25 Percent Duty as Trade Tensions Escalate

13 April 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has released the proposed list of mainland Chinese products that would be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff as part of the U.S. response to a Secti...Read More


Plans to Impose Additional 25 Percent Tariff on Range of Mainland Chinese Products Unveiled

29 March 2018

President Trump announced plans on 22 March to impose additional tariffs of 25 percent on an undisclosed number of mainland Chinese products (press reports state the tariffs could target as many as 1,...Read More


U.S. to Impose High Duties on Steel and Aluminium Imports

16 March 2018

President Trump on 8 March signed two presidential proclamations imposing additional tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively, on U.S. imports of foreign-made steel and aluminium products....Read More


DOC Proposes Punitive Measures on Steel and Aluminium Imports as Trump Also Threatens Reciprocal Tax on Trade

2 March 2018

On 16 February, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued its much-anticipated reports in the investigations under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether increasing imports o...Read More


USTR Report Blasts Mainland China’s Compliance with WTO Obligations

15 Feb 2018

Mainland China and Russia have failed to embrace the market-oriented economic policies championed by the World Trade Organisation and are not living up to key commitments they made when they joined th...Read More


U.S. Imposes Safeguard Tariffs on Clothes Washers and Solar Cells

2 Feb 2018

President Trump approved on 22 January the imposition of safeguard measures in the Section 201 global safeguard investigations on large residential washing machines and solar cells and modules....Read More


FDA to Exercise FSMA Enforcement Discretion, Will Soon Move Forward with Expedited Food Import Programme

19 Jan 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its intent to not enforce certain provisions in four rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act concerning preventive controls for human and an...Read More


U.S. Seeks to Reduce Dependency on Imported Minerals, Announces New National Security Strategy with Trade Component

5 Jan 2018

Reducing imports is among the primary objectives of a 20 December 2017 executive order by President Trump that seeks to ease U.S. vulnerabilities to the supply of critical minerals....Read More


New AD Duty Evasion Probe Targets Mainland Chinese Glycine as CBP Considers Ways to Improve AD/CV Duty Collections

22 Dec 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on 28 August initiated an investigation to examine an allegation by a domestic manufacturer of glycine that an importer was evading the antidumping duty order on gly...Read More


USITC Recommends Safeguard Measures on Clothes Washers as DOC Self-Initiates AD/CV Cases on Aluminium Sheet

8 Dec 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced its recommendations for import restrictions on large residential washers following its determination in a section 201 global safeguard investigati...Read More


U.S. Seeks to Strengthen Economic Relations with Asia as TPP Parties Agree on Core Elements of New Deal

24 Nov 2017

During his nearly two-week trip to Asia President Trump discussed bi-lateral trade relations with the leaders of mainland China, Vietnam, the Philippines and other U.S. trade partners but came away wi...Read More


DOC Maintains Mainland China’s Non-Market Economy Designation

10 Nov 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has concluded that mainland China remains a non-market economy country for purposes of assessing antidumping duties....Read More


California to Require More Comprehensive Labelling of Cleaning Products Beginning in 2021

27 Oct 2017

California recently enacted legislation that will require manufacturers of a range of cleaning products to comply no later than 1 January 2021 (no later than 1 January 2020 for on-line disclosures) wi...Read More


Trump Administration Still Favours Tough Stance on Trade with Mainland China

13 Oct 2017

Recent meetings between U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and senior mainland Chinese officials in Beijing indicated that bi-lateral trade tensions remain high ahead of President Trump’s anticipated...Read More


CPSC to Finalise Rule that Could Ban Five Phthalates by 18 October

29 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced its intention to finalise by 18 October a rule that could ban five phthalates in toys and child care articles....Read More


CPSC Exempts Certain Plastics in Toys from Third-Party Testing for Phthalates

15 Sept 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission had adopted a determination that four types of plastics with specified additives do not contain certain phthalates whose use in children’s toys and child care ar...Read More


Report Outlines Challenges in Combating Mainland Chinese Goods Made with Forced Labour

1 Sept 2017

An 8 August report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission finds that the United States faces challenges in identifying and preventing the entry of goods imported from mainland Chi...Read More

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