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Are Too Many Eggs in One Basket?

by Ruder Ware on

In the last two weeks, 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers were notified by their dairy that it could not accept their milk. The dairy and its farmer suppliers are caught in a U.S.-Canada trade dispute over “ultra-filtered” milk....more

WTO Panel Decision: EU – Poultry Meat (China)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a challenge by China to the EU's modification of its tariff schedule for goods. Significance of Decision: This important decision provides new clarity on the...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

by Thomas Fox on

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

International developments on modern slavery

by DLA Piper on

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

The New Gafta Arbitration Rules No. 125, Effective for Contracts dated from 1 September 2016: Key Changes to Be Aware of

by Reed Smith on

The Grain and Feed Trade Association (“Gafta”) recently published a new edition of its Arbitration Rules No. 125 (the “Gafta Arbitration Rules”), effective for contracts dated from 1 September 2016. The previous Gafta...more

European Parliament Calls for Extended Application of Country of Origin Labeling in the EU Just When the WTO Dispute on the United...

by King & Spalding on

On May 12, 2016, the European Parliament renewed its call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) for meat and dairy products not currently subject to such marking rules. The reasoning behind requiring additional...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

by Dickinson Wright on

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

After WTO Battle, USDA Issues Final Rule Lifting Pork and Beef COOL Requirements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Today, following a protracted legal battle at the WTO, USDA issued a final rule removing mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork. Beginning in 2008, Canada and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

by King & Spalding on

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Customs Compliance: Three Key Facts Companies Need To Know

by King & Spalding on

On November 27, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act...more

Business, Labor, Manufacturing, And Agriculture Representatives Provide ITC With Different Perspectives On Likely Impact Of The...

by King & Spalding on

During January 13-15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) held hearings concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) on the U.S. economy. Witnesses from a variety of...more

Electronic Bills of Lading

by Reed Smith on

With the inclusion of an electronic bills of lading clause in the latest iteration of the NYPE form, as well as the International Group of P&I Clubs’ approval of 3 electronic trading systems, we discuss some of the possible...more

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference

by King & Spalding on

On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial Conference, which typically is held every two years, is a meeting of the decision-making body of...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–DAMAGE CAUSED BY AD ORDERS, TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF TAAF, TPP DEVELOPMENTS, NEW TRADE/CUSTOMS LAW

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Attached is the first half of the December blog post, which covers the collateral damage caused by US Antidumping Orders on downstream US production by the numerous antidumping orders against raw material inputs from China,...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2015

by King & Spalding on

The WTO Reaches 500 Requests for Dispute Settlement - The World Trade Organization (WTO) reached a milestone on November 10 when Pakistan filed the 500th request for trade consultation since the organization’s inception...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – December 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regularly publishes compliance materials aimed at educating the business community in the UK. These are well worth a read by anyone involved in competition law compliance in the...more

New FDA rule places increased food safety responsibility on importers, foreign suppliers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Nov. 27, 2015, the FDA published its Final Rule outlining how the food industry, already in the midst of implementing Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls, or HARPC, will be responsible for ensuring that...more

Three More FSMA Rules Finalized As the Year Comes to a Close

Although not quite meeting the deadline of October 31 established in a legal settlement last year, FDA has released a set of three more “foundational” Final Rules mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA or the...more

Final Trans-Pacific Partnership Text is Released

by Cozen O'Connor on

Yesterday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office published the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership setting up intense discussions in Congress about the agreement’s provisions on intellectual property, agriculture,...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Challenges, Opportunities for U.S. Companies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. and its 11 negotiating partners – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – reached preliminary agreement on October 5, 2015, on the Trans-Pacific...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1118

by Dentons on

Sultani Decrees - Sultani Decree No. 34/2015 promulgating amendments to some provisions of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Law. Sultani Decree No. 35/2015 promulgating the law regulating the...more

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