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USDA Increases Cane Sugar Imports to Meet Demand for Non-GE Products

On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced that it is allowing an additional 200,000 short tons of cane sugar imports to meet food manufacturers’ increasing demand for non-genetically modified...more

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016

Law Modifies Process For Duty Suspensions And Reductions - On May 20, 2016, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the U.S....more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

CBP’s New Task Force and the Long Road Ahead to Trade Law Enforcement

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced the establishment of a Trade Enforcement Task Force within its Office of Trade. According to the CBP, the Task Force is designed to “further protect...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, May 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - Office Of Inspector General Considers Pesticide Imports: In a memorandum dated April 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) informed EPA that...more

Eurasian Economic Commission approves rules for applying the procedure of deferred determination of customs value of goods

Decision No. 32 of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission of April 12, 2016 on Approval of the Rules for Applying the Procedure of Deferred Determination of Customs Value of Goods (the Rules) enters into force on May...more

"Brexit Bites": The impact on trade with and from the UK

This is the seventh in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Trade and the Movement of Goods & Services. The EU is essentially a common market, as it used to be officially called. Leaving the EU would have an...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...more

FDA Extends Regulatory Authority Over All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookahs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) today issued historic final rules that extend the statutory definition of "tobacco products" to e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, dissolvables, cigars, and “novel and future products.”...more

PF Newsletter: The Global Oil Economy

With a sustained fall in crude oil prices since June 2014 — around US$40 per barrel at the time of writing (and as low as US$27 early in 2016) — our conventional understanding of the global oil economy continues to be...more

April 2016: ITC Litigation Update

The Federal Circuit Considers Another Issue Relating to ITC Jurisdiction in Section 337 Investigations. Less than three months after its en banc decision in Suprema, Inc. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, 796 F.3d 1338 (Fed. Cir. 2015),...more

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years

On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of continuation of the relief provided by the orders on polyethylene retail carrier bags from China,...more

Proposed Tariff Elimination for Certain Agri-Food Ingredients

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate customs duties on imports of certain food manufacturing ingredients, excluding supply-managed (TRQ) products. This...more

Can Foreign Sales Infringe U.S. Patents?

It is a deceptively simple question with a not so simple answer. A purely foreign transaction is certainly beyond the reach of U.S. patent law, but what if part of the transaction occurs within the United States? For example,...more

Steelworkers Reverse Course and Withdraw Request for Import Relief on Aluminum

In an unusual change of course, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) has now withdrawn the Section 201 petition it filed just last week to request temporary relief against imports of primary unwrought aluminum. According to...more

Law à la Mode: Registrations with US Customs; Trademark harmonization across the GCC; and more

One of the frequently noted yet seldom discussed benefits of trademark and copyright registration in the United States is the ability to record those registrations with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Recording...more

Union Seeks Increased Duties on Imported Aluminum

On April 18, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) for relief pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, a safeguard provision of the U.S. trade...more

New ITC Petition Process to Suspend Tariffs

For decades, the Congress regularly suspended tariffs on hundreds of imported products to benefit American businesses and consumers. This legislation was referred to as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill or MTB. In the last few...more

United Steel Workers File Petition Requesting Section 201 Investigation of Aluminum Imports

Background - On April 18, 2016, the United Steel Workers filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), requesting the initiation of an investigation under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 on...more

A New Way to Reduce Your Tariffs? House Ways & Means Committee Takes a Step Forward

The House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on April 14, to consider a new process for the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which temporarily reduces or eliminates tariffs on qualifying imported products. The...more

Trade in the balance: Europe's new Union Customs Code

The European Union — the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services — is adopting a new framework of customs rules, the Union Customs Code (UCC). From cutting-edge California mobile devices and Chinese...more

Losing Strength: US Steel Industry Analysis

The United States steel industry faces severe headwinds as steel prices continue to fall. Even as recently imposed protectionist measures on certain imported steel products take effect, tariffs alone may be insufficient in...more

US Customs and Border Protection detention orders on products produced by forced labor in China

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued two nationwide orders instructing US ports of entry to detain certain products produced by forced labor in the People’s Republic of China (China). The first order, issued...more

Action needed: new customs rules have potential severe impact on duties payable

As of May 1, 2016, the Union Customs Code (UCC) will come into effect and will replace the current Community Customs Code. The new UCC brings along significant changes in the customs rules which impact importers in the EU....more

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