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Trump Administration Announces Trade Policy Priorities

17 March 2017

The Trump administration issued on 1 March its trade policy agenda for this year. While the agenda is a bit short on specifics, it does reiterate the administration’s commitment to pursue a brand new ...Read More

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Government Watchdog Calls for National Strategy to Improve Food Safety Oversight

3 March 2017

A recent report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office calls for the development of a national strategy to address fragmentation in the federal food safety oversight system....Read More

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President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reduce Federal Regulations

17 Feb 2017

President Trump issued on 30 January an executive order on reducing federal regulation that could impact the trade community....Read More

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Mainland China and Hong Kong Continue to Account for Vast Majority of IPR Seizures

3 Feb 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released statistics regarding the volume and value of its seizures of intellectual property rights infringing articles during fiscal year 2016 (October 2015...Read More

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USTR Highlights Outstanding Concerns in Annual Report on Mainland China’s WTO Compliance

20 Jan 2017

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued in January its latest report to Congress on mainland China’s compliance with its World Trade Organisation obligations, including both multi-lateral c...Read More

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Seafood Imports Subject to New Permitting, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

6 Jan 2017

New permitting, reporting and recordkeeping requirements are being imposed for imports of certain fish and fish products identified as being at particular risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated f...Read More

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EPA Names First Ten Chemicals for Review under TSCA Reform Legislation

16 Dec 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on 29 November the first ten chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under legislation reforming the Toxic Subs...Read More

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Annual Report by U.S. Commission Casts Critical Eye on Mainland Chinese Economic and Trade Policies

2 Dec 2016

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has released its 2016 report to Congress on the national security implications of the trade and economic relationship between the United States a...Read More

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U.S. Takes Action to Combat Mainland China’s Alleged Unfair Trade Practices in the Aluminium and Steel Sectors

18 Nov 2016

The U.S. government has taken various actions in recent weeks aimed at combatting certain unfair trade practices that are allegedly being pursued by mainland Chinese aluminium and steel producers and ...Read More

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CPSC Advances Efforts to Improve Safety of Clothing Storage Units, Portable Generators

4 Nov 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently outlined on-going efforts to improve the safety of clothing storage units and portable generators as well as priorities on the product safety, import su...Read More

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List of Goods Made with Child/Forced Labour Updated as CBP Offers Advice to Help Avoid Importing Such Goods

21 Oct 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has issued an updated list of goods and countries of origin that the Bureau has reason to believe are produced by child labour or f...Read More

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Food Facilities Required to Re-Register with FDA by 31 December

7 Oct 2016

Food facilities required to register with the Food and Drug Administration must renew their registrations between 1 October and 31 December 2016....Read More

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FDA Bans Sale of Antibacterial Hand and Body Washes

23 Sept 2016

Companies will no longer be able to market over-the-counter consumer antiseptic products intended for use with water (i.e., hand washes and body washes) that contain one or more of 19 specific active ...Read More

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CBP Announces Procedures for Investigating Evasion of AD/CV Duty Orders

9 Sept 2016

Continuing its efforts to implement the enhanced trade enforcement authority granted by Congress earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published an interim rule setting forth the p...Read More

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CPSC Proposes to Exempt Certain Plastics in Toys from Third-Party Testing for Phthalates

26 Aug 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing to adopt a determination that four types of plastics with specified additives do not contain certain phthalates whose use in children’s toys and chi...Read More

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EPA Implements Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

12 Aug 2016

Approximately five-and-a-half years after they statutorily entered into force and more than three years after implementing regulations were originally due, the Environmental Protection Agency is final...Read More

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FDA Amends Food Facility Registration Requirements

29 July 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has made a number of changes to the system through which foreign and domestic food facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for consumption in the Unite...Read More

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U.S. Reduces or Eliminates Tariffs on 201 IT Products, Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Travel Goods from Certain GSP Beneficiaries

15 July 2016

The United States on 1 July implemented the immediate or staged elimination of tariffs on a broad range of information and communications technology products, as required by the expanded Information T...Read More

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Tighter Enforcement of Importer Security Filing to Begin on 30 June

30 June 2016

Tighter enforcement of the importer security filing requirement beginning on 30 June could result in an increase in penalties or cargo holds at some ports and may also present a challenge to small and...Read More

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New Rule Will Require Food Facilities to Prevent Intentional Adulteration

17 June 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has finalised a new food safety rule that will require food businesses in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food su...Read More

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