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Importers Into The European Union Take Note: EU Customs Code Goes Into Effect May 2016

The EU Customs Code, known as the Union Customs Code (“UCC”), applies to all goods imported to, or exported from, the EU customs territory. The UCC was adopted in 2013 and goes into effect on 1 May 2016. The UCC is intended...more

New Attention to Hoverboard Dangers

Personal injury lawyers discuss the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) official notice about the dangers of hoverboards. Hoverboards can pose serious injury risks to users.]...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–Trump, Trade Policy, NME, TPP, Trade, Customs, False Claims, Products Liability, Antitrust and Securities

Dear Friends, After returning from a two week trip to China to work on the Solar Cells case, this March blog post will cover trade policy, including Trump’s impact on Trade Policy, trade, Customs, False Claims Act, the...more

CPSC Makes the Right Move: Eliminates Need to Certify Compliance with Flammability Standards for “Inherently Safe” Adult Clothing

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is giving some manufacturers and importers of adult clothing a break: eliminating the requirement that they issue certificates of compliance for fabrics that have already been...more

First Step to Re-engagement: Canada Rolls Back Iranian Sanctions

In an abrupt reversal of the trend of increasing sanctions against Iran, which Canada has followed since 2011, the Government of Canada announced on February 5, 2016, that it would be implementing significantly less stringent...more

What the United States’ Weakened Embargo Against Cuba Means for Canadian Business

Canadian exporters and importers should pay close attention to the ongoing changes in United States-Cuba relations. After more than five decades of animosity between the two countries, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban...more

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

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

New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Truck and Bus Tires from China

On January 29, 2016, the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions with the U.S....more

CPSC Unveils “Regulatory Robot” Designed to Offer Glimpse of Possible Regulatory and Statutory Obligations

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) introduced its “Regulatory Robot” this month. Touted as a web-based tool to help manufacturers and importers, particularly small businesses, identify the various CPSC rules and...more

TTB Publishes List of Exempt Ingredients

On December 17, 2015, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published Ruling 2015-1. It re-states and supersedes Ruling 2014-4, notably by adding more than 50 new ingredients that a brewer can use in beer without...more

China’s new Food Safety Law “the harshest ever”

China’s new Food Safety Law took effect on October 1, 2015, and will have a far-reaching impact on importers, producers and sellers of food. The new law significantly expands the scope of the previous Food Safety Law, which...more

HCS: OSHA Issues Letter of Interpretation on Import/Export Labels for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) on labeling packages for import and export. The LOI discusses labeling...more

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

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

Food from Faraway Lands: FDA Releases FSMA Foreign Supplier Food Safety Rule

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final rule regarding Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers (FSVP Rule). The new rule requires importers to ensure that...more

Attention Food Importers: New FDA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

On November 13, 2015, the FDA finalized its rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals. The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on November...more

FCC Form 740 Importation Filings for Radio Frequency Devices Will Be Temporarily Suspended Late Next Year

Imported Radio Frequency (RF) devices must be compliant with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) equipment authorization rules, but importers can look forward to some relief in their paperwork next...more

New Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Petitions On Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components From Canada And China

On October 28, 2015, TB Wood’s Incorporated filed antidumping (AD) petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), regarding certain iron mechanical transfer drive...more

Environmental Notes - October 2015

In a significant setback for the Obama Administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has temporarily blocked implementation of the Clean Water Rule issued jointly by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

CBP Expands Information Sharing Procedures to Help Detect Counterfeit Merchandise

Effective October 19, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented a final rule expanding CBP’s information sharing procedures with importers and trademark owners with respect to merchandise suspected of bearing...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), which promises significant trade liberalization and investment protection, is...

After 10 years of negotiations, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries representing 40% of the world’s economy and one-third of global trade have reached a trade agreement, referred to as the Trans-Pacific Partnership...more

Food Safety’s Shifting Paradigm

The recent news that Stewart Parnell, convicted former Peanut Corporation of America CEO, is facing a possible life sentence as a consequence of his role in the nine deaths and hundreds of illnesses caused by PCA’s salmonella...more

Highest EU Court: REACH SVHC Thresholds Apply at Component – Not Product – Level

In a break from European Commission and prevailing industry interpretations, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held on September 10, 2015 that REACH concentration thresholds for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) that...more

European Court rules on controversial REACH ‘substances in articles’ case, extending aspects of EU chemical law compliance to the...

In what is a salutary reminder that published European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) guidance cannot necessarily always be relied upon to provide an authoritative interpretation of the requirements of the EU’s REACH chemicals...more

Guatemalan President Resigns

As of yesterday, Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre is the new president of Guatemala, following the abrupt resignation of Otto Perez Molina. Mr. Perez Molina now faces an arrest warrant on charges of corruption for conspiring with...more

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