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The Road to Recall: Evaluating Defects for Substantial Product Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) is the regulatory agency responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. Pursuant to...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

Australian Border Force targeting shipments to Australia

Australia has recently introduced new requirements which require an importer to certify that their product does not contain asbestos. Australia is one of the few countries in the world that has an absolute ban on...more

Toxic Substances and Control Act Overhaul

Under the recently amended Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA), EPA is bound by new requirements and enforceable timetables to complete risk assessments for chemicals manufactured, distributed and imported to the United...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from October 16 - November 15, 2016. During this last reporting period, key developments include: - Argentina’s congress proposes a spate of new initiatives to govern wastes...more

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview

On November 22, the EU Council, Commission and Parliament reached an informal final agreement on a conflict minerals regulation. Last week’s agreement builds upon the “political agreement” reached during June....more

Appraising Produce

In July 2016, the Houston Regulatory Audit office sent a letter to a number of large importers cautioning them to be sure their value declarations were correct, underscoring CBP’s position by pointing recipients to a long...more

Getting Your Goods Through Port Faster While Keeping the Country Safe– Is Membership in C-TPAT Right for You?

If you are importing a large volume of products from abroad and are not aware of the C-TPAT program administered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), then you may want to consider the benefits of the program. C-TPAT is...more

It’s All About Compliance

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which come up routinely with import and export transactions. These articles/tips are published with the intention to provide...more

The Bri-Chem Trilogy: Federal Court Affirms Tribunal

On November 16, 2015, we described important substantive and procedural issues that would be addressed by the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) in an appeal from a decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)....more

New TSCA Requirements for Chemical Importers

Companies planning to ship chemical-based products to the United States should have a basic understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the key U.S. chemicals law. That law was substantially amended in June...more

Expected Changes to Customs Regulations Will Require Increased Supply Chain Due Diligence by U.S. Importers

Anticipation among importers is growing as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prepares to amend its regulations to implement Congress’ repeal of an 85-year-old loophole that, until the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting submission extended

On September 16, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention extended the Chemical Data Reporting 2016 submission deadline from September 30, 2016 to October 31, 2016. ...more

EPA’s Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Pose Challenges for Industry, Particularly Importers

Importers, retailers, and others that sell goods containing plywood or other composite wood products face significant compliance challenges from EPA’s new Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products (the Standards)....more

Customs and Border Protection publishes interim final rule establishing new procedures for antidumping and countervailing duty...

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has created a new framework to investigate allegations of duty evasion. Effective immediately, US companies that believe their competitors are engaged in evasion could file these...more

CBP’s Informed Compliance Letters Notify Importers That an Audit or Enforcement Action May Follow

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued letters to major U.S. importers that encourage the recipients to review their recent trade data and CBP’s Informed Compliance Publications (ICPs), and remind them of...more

EPA Publishes Final Phase 2 Rule for GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a joint set of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new medium and heavy-duty vehicles and...more

CBP Releases New Regulations on Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Evasion, Which Take Immediate Effect

CBP has released the highly anticipated AD/CV duty evasion regulations, which promulgate an administrative procedure for investigating AD/CV duty evasion allegations that CBP must follow. The regulations will undoubtedly...more

EPA Issues Final Rule on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a prepublication version of its final rule on Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The authority for the rule comes...more

Chemical Industry: Significant Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Require Attention

On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law, effective immediately, the first substantive amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since it was enacted forty years ago. The new public law, known as...more

Panama Canal Update: New Locks, Bigger Ships

The hubbub surrounding the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union overshadowed the opening of two new locks on the Panama Canal on June 26th. The expansion of the canal has the potential to disrupt intermodal...more

Chemicals Legislation Faces New Reforms in the UK, Europe and US post Brexit

Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on 22 June of this year. This Act, which came into immediate effect, amends the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control...more

EU Agreement on Trade Rules for Conflict Minerals

The European Union (EU) institutions have reached broad agreement on trade rules for so-called "conflict minerals". While the technical details still need to be established, we summarize the expected new EU rules below....more

Solar Installer Update: Commerce Publishes Final Results in the 2nd Administrative Review of 2012 Antidumping Duty Order Against...

Today, June 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through its International Trade Administration or ITA office) published a notice of Final Results in the 2nd annual Administrative Review for the 2012 antidumping duty...more

Gypsum Industry Hit with New Canadian Duty Case

On June 8, 2016 the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an anti-dumping investigation against gypsum board originating in or exported from the USA into Canada. The case was filed by Gypsum Canada Inc. of...more

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