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Mainland China Delisted as Currency Manipulator

16 Jan 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department has rescinded mainland China’s designation as a currency manipulator in its most recent semi-annual foreign exchange rate report. Treasury states that in the phase one tra...Read More

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U.S. and Mainland China Sign Phase One Trade Deal

16 Jan 2020

The United States and mainland China signed on 15 January a phase one trade agreement under which the United States has suspended some tariff increases and will roll back others in return for what the...Read More

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Brazil Lowers Duties on Various Products

13 Jan 2020

Brazil has lowered its import duties on a range of products, including 250 capital goods and 19 information technology and telecom products....Read More

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New Defense Department Rules Restrict Purchases from Mainland China

13 Jan 2020

The U.S. Defense Department recently issued two rules that amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement – which applies to contractors doing business with the Defense Department – to re...Read More

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Export Controls Added for Specified Software

6 Jan 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an interim final rule making certain items subject to the Export Administration Regulations and imposing a licence requirement for the export and re...Read More

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Fabrics, Auto Parts, Tools, Other Items Among New China List 3 Tariff Exclusions

6 Jan 2020

Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from mainland China were recently announced by USTR....Read More

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Andean Community Countries Adopt Unified Labelling Requirements for Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

31 Dec 2019

The Andean Community – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – recently adopted unified labelling requirements for apparel, made-up textiles, footwear, and leather and travel goods, making it easier for...Read More

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Additional Section 301 Tariff Exclusions for List 1 Products May be Extended

30 Dec 2019

An extension for up to 12 months of the second set of exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariff imposed on List 1 goods from mainland China is under consideration by the Office of the U.S. Tra...Read More

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USMCA Legislation Approved in House, Could See January Vote in Senate

23 Dec 2019

Legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement updating NAFTA passed the House of Representatives on 19 December by a vote of 385 to 41. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he w...Read More

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Certain Section 301 Exclusions Granted to List 1 Products Extended

23 Dec 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has extended for a period of 12 months (through 27 December 2020) certain Section 301 exclusions that were granted to selected List 1 products in December 2...Read More

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Changes Made to Various Section 301 Product Exclusions

17 Dec 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has amended a number of product exclusions that had been granted to List 1 and List 2 goods. The amendments, which mostly involve changes to the language de...Read More

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Fabrics, Ropes, Steel Gates, Ladders, Digital Scales, Other Items Among New China List 3 Tariff Exclusions

16 Dec 2019

Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from mainland China were recently announced by USTR. Affected products include certain fruits, satin woven fabri...Read More

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Tariffs on List 4A Products Halved under U.S.-Mainland China Phase One Trade Deal

16 Dec 2019

The United States and mainland China have reached a “historic and enforceable agreement” on a Phase One trade deal that will see the additional tariffs on List 4A products reduced from 15 percent to 7...Read More

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U.S., Canada and Mexico Sign Revised Trade Deal

12 Dec 2019

The United States, Mexico and Canada signed on 10 December a new version of a trade agreement updating the 25-year-old NAFTA that reflects a number of revisions agreed to in negotiations between the T...Read More

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More U.S. Government Agencies Announce Expected Regulatory Actions for the Next Year

10 Dec 2019

The various agencies that make up the U.S. federal government recently issued their respective semi-annual regulatory agendas, which include a number of actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and ...Read More

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U.S. Government Agencies Outline Expected Regulatory Actions for the Next Year

9 Dec 2019

The various agencies that make up the U.S. federal government recently issued their respective semi-annual regulatory agendas, which include a number of actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and ...Read More

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Process to Increase U.S. Postal Rates Moves Forward

5 Dec 2019

The U.S. Postal Service is seeking input by 10 December on a process that will lead to higher postal rates for inbound packages, including those from Hong Kong and mainland China....Read More

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Bikes, Lamps, Tables, Chairs, Other Items Among New China List 3 Tariff Exclusions

28 Nov 2019

Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from mainland China were recently announced by USTR. Affected products include certain electric lamps, outdoor t...Read More

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Process That May Lead to Broad Trade Sanctions on Foreign ICTS Under Consideration

28 Nov 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a proposed rule laying out the process and procedures that the agency intends to use to identify, assess and address certain ICTS transactions that pose an u...Read More

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Federal Subsidy Ban for Purchases of Mainland Chinese Telecom Equipment Adopted

26 Nov 2019

As expected, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has banned the use of U.S. federal telecommunication subsidies for equipment purchases from Huawei Technology Company and ZTE Corp. The rule ad...Read More

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