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Air Transportation Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations

Air Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium-Ion Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations

REGULATORY UPDATE The International Air Transport Association (IATA) now forbids shipping stand-alone lithium metal batteries, UN3090, and stand-alone lithium-ion batteries, UN3480, classified as  Section II shipments via air. Section II shipments are smaller shipments of lithium batteries that had previously been granted exceptions for many of the IATA’s dangerous air goods shipping rules. The updatedRead More »Air Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium-Ion Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations
Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers

Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers

By Scott Lincicome // CATO Institute As we at Cato frequently explain, “trade remedies” tariffs — antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard actions — are one of U.S. trade policy’s dirty little secrets. They’re insanely (and intentionally) complex, buried in layers of regulatory mumbo‐​jumbo, and thus mostly ignored by politicians, media, and laypeople who often claim or believe thatRead More »Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers
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Original Certificate Required for Plant Commodities April 1, 2022

Regulatory Alert: APHIS Original Phytosanitary Certificate and Forms Required Effective April 1, 2022, February 7, 2022   WHAT IS THIS APHIS DATE CHANGE ABOUT? In response to the unprecedented challenges facing the trade from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) allowed importers of plant commodities to upload copies of phytosanitaryRead More »Original Certificate Required for Plant Commodities April 1, 2022
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A Transformative Approach for the Future of Trade

A Transformative Approach for the Future of Trade Since the last comprehensive trade legislation reforms in 1993, growth in e-commerce, rapid technological change, and the continued expansion of the global marketplace have significantly altered how trade is conducted. As these shifts continue to accelerate and evolve, it is imperative for the U.S. Government to act now to pursue transformational reforms thatRead More »A Transformative Approach for the Future of Trade
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International Trade Policy Under the Biden Administration: What to Expect

Internal Trade Policy   In the following transcript, George W. Thompson discusses the likely impacts on American international trade policies under the Biden administration. Explore our international trade courses here.   If you expected that the Biden international trade policy would mean a break from that under the Trump administration. Well, I hate to disappointRead More »International Trade Policy Under the Biden Administration: What to Expect

Manufacturer’s “Made in U.S.A.” Claim Challenged as False by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a Federal District Court complaint alleging that Chemence, Inc. committed unfair trade practices by claiming its merchandise, glue, is “Made in the U.S.A.” The FTC is charged with enforcement of statutes prohibiting the use of “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in commerce.  Its lawsuit seeks an injunction againstRead More »Manufacturer’s “Made in U.S.A.” Claim Challenged as False by FTC
OFAC

More Apparent OFAC Violations Involving Foreign Subsidiary Companies

Parenting can be such a chore.  Minding wayward little ones, cleaning up after them, and getting hit with six-figure Treasury Department penalties for their misbehavior can offset the joy of beholding the smiles on their cherubic faces. Did I say Treasury Department penalties? Yes, they can arise when the parent is a U.S.-based company andRead More »More Apparent OFAC Violations Involving Foreign Subsidiary Companies
Made In The USA

“Made in USA” Rules — The Federal Trade Commission Wants to Hear from You

The Federal Trade Commission’s rules governing assertions that a product is “Made in the U.S.” can be confusing. As we’ve discussed on various occasions, that agency has strict standards on when claims of United States origin are permissible. I won’t repeat the Made In/Assembled In and qualified and unqualified claim distinctions here, except to note that theyRead More »“Made in USA” Rules — The Federal Trade Commission Wants to Hear from You
LONE RANGER

Is Trade Compliance the Lone Ranger?

Is Trade Compliance the Lone Ranger?  There are companies, surely not yours, where various departments are viewed as spokes around the hub of the trade compliance department. Each department operates as if trade compliance is accomplished “out there somewhere” rather than taking an active part in making sure the company meets its import and/or exportRead More »Is Trade Compliance the Lone Ranger?