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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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Limited Export Licence for Huawei Extended Again

21 Nov 2019

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security announced on 18 November that it will extend for another 90 days, through 16 February 2020, a temporary general licence authorising specific, limited engagemen...Read More

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New Report Assesses Impact of Trade War on Trade through LA and Long Beach Ports

19 Nov 2019

A new report commissioned by the Port of Los Angeles illustrates the effect of tariffs on ocean-borne trade through the San Pedro Bay ports of entry (Los Angeles and Long Beach. The report highlights ...Read More

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Report Says Trade War with Mainland China Having Little Positive Impact on Resolving Outstanding Issues

19 Nov 2019

Neither negotiations nor other measures taken as part of the trade dispute between the United States and mainland China have yet had any significant impact on resolving “decades of unfair Chinese econ...Read More

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Trump Threatens Higher Tariffs if Phase One Deal with Mainland China Falls Through

15 Nov 2019

President Trump said on 12 November that if the United States and mainland China are unable to finalise the “phase one” trade agreement they are currently negotiating he will “substantially raise” exi...Read More

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Textiles, Flooring, Tools, Other Items Among New Mainland China List 3 Tariff Exclusions

12 Nov 2019

USTR has announced a range of additional products that will be excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed under Section 301 on List 3 goods. Affected products include certain floor tiles and...Read More

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Mainland China May Now Export Cooked Poultry to U.S.

12 Nov 2019

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a final rule that effective 9 December will list mainland China as eligible to export poultry products from birds slaughtered in the mainland to ...Read More

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Mainland China Pushing for Section 301 Tariff Rollback in Talks with U.S.

7 Nov 2019

Mainland China is reportedly pushing harder to roll back U.S. tariffs on its goods as part of the “phase 1” bi-lateral trade agreement the two sides are currently negotiating. In the meantime, a new W...Read More

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U.S. and Mainland China Still Looking to Sign Phase 1 Trade Agreement in November

5 Nov 2019

U.S. officials recently said they are still hoping to sign the first phase of a trade agreement with mainland China in November. In the meantime the two sides are continuing to negotiate on the provis...Read More

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Improper Influence in Tariff Exclusion Request Reviews Suggested in DOC Alert

31 Oct 2019

The Bureau of Industry and Security may have allowed improper influence in its consideration of requests for exclusions from the Section 232 additional tariffs on steel and aluminium products, accordi...Read More

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Federal Subsidy Ban for Purchases of Mainland Chinese Telecom Equipment under Consideration

31 Oct 2019

On 28 October, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai formally proposed banning the use of U.S. federal telecommunication subsidies for equipment purchases from Huawei and ZTE....Read More

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Mainland China Tariff Exclusions May Be Extended

30 Oct 2019

An extension for up to 12 months of the first 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. Trade Repre...Read More

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U.S. Textile Industry Urges CBP to Examine Impact of Low-Value Shipments

29 Oct 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations is urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection to immediately examine the trade, economic, and health and safety impacts of low-value imports into the Unite...Read More

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U.S. Partially Rescinds Thailand’s GSP Benefits, Makes Other Changes to Programme

29 Oct 2019

A 25 October presidential proclamation is making a number of changes to the Generalised System of Preferences following regular eligibility reviews, product reviews and beneficiary developing country ...Read More

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