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What’s That Smell? An Examination of Legal Developments Related to Formaldehyde Products

Is that formaldehyde you smell in your newly floored sunroom? Hopefully, it is not. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical used in construction and household products, such as cabinets, furniture,...more

A Roundup of Some of the Latest FDA News . . . . From DUNS Numbers to Cosmetics

It is no secret that since the Trump Administration took over in late January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) has been quieter than usual with regard to guidance documents and Federal Register Notices most...more

New Draft EU Conflict Mineral and Metals Laws – How Will the Due Diligence and Transparency Rules Impact Your Industry?

On 16 March 2017, the European Parliament approved a draft EU regulation intended to ensure that trade in certain minerals and metals from high-risk or warn-torn areas does not fund conflict and human rights abuses. The...more

New rules on conflict minerals for EU importers

by DLA Piper on

The European Union is bringing forward new rules on the sourcing and import of conflict minerals. The European Parliament approved the draft conflict minerals regulation (the Regulation) on 16 March 2017 by a large...more

Blog: European Parliament approves conflict minerals rules for the EU

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, the European Parliament approved, by a vote of 558 to 17 with 45 abstentions, new rules on conflict minerals, 3TG—tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Proceeds from the sale of conflict minerals, which are used in...more

Meeting the challenges of Customs compliance: 11 questions to ask yourself, 6 action steps

by DLA Piper on

In the global environment in which we operate, exchanging goods internationally always entails basic customs issues.  Among these are the import/entry process, tariff classification, valuation, country of origin labeling, and...more

CIT rules on Made in USA claim

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) has important implications for importers and manufacturers making “Made in USA” claims for products assembled from imported components. While the case concerned...more

New cybersecurity watchdog suggests greater compliance challenges ahead for overseas companies in China

by DLA Piper on

Developments this month continue to signpost a more challenging compliance environment ahead for non-Chinese technology companies and those operating online in China. The Chinese Government's continued scrutiny over...more

US: Proposed "Border Adjustment Tax” could kill foreign IP holding companies

by Hogan Lovells on

With President Trump in the White House and a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, tax reform is once again high on the agenda. Several weeks ago, President Trump promised “a tax reform bill that will reduce our...more

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Retailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Some solid non-search-engine growth helped Alphabet post pretty solid Q4 numbers (with profit missing estimates but revenue surging past them)....more

2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 1

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As 2017 marks the commencement of a new presidential administration, the food and beverage industry is one of many sectors facing anticipated regulatory and legislative reforms. Specifically, the industry can expect to see...more

The Road to Recall: Evaluating Defects for Substantial Product Hazard

by Stinson Leonard Street on

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

by Polsinelli on

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

by Dentons on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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?

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

by Dentons on

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

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