Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA,  is informing the public of another phase of the Federal Government’s enforcement schedule. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, in part, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products.

Pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000, this document is U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) notice of intent to distribute assessed antidumping and …

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (the “Regulations”) to further implement elements of the policy announced by the Administration on May 16, 2022, Cuban entrepreneurs' access to internet-based services and banking facilities are improved, while the restrictions on transactions with state-owned entities remain fully in force.

The United States has asked Mexico to review whether workers at the Volkswagen de México, S.A. de C.V. facility in Cuautlancingo, Puebla, are being denied their rights to freedom of …

The USTR announced the successful resolution of the second USMCA facility-specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism (RRM) matter in the mining sector, regarding Minera Tizapa S.A. de C.V, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles, S.A.B. de C.V. The facility, a venture of of Industrias Peñoles and Japan's Sumitomo Corp. and Dowa Metals & Mining. Zinc concentrates produced at Tizapa are sent to Japan for processing.

The United States announced the successful resolution of the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism (RRM) matter at the Servicios Industriales González, S.A. de C.V. (SIG) facility, a major metal fabricator and supplier for Caterpillar, John Deere and Komatsu  in Nuevo Leon.

A new Country Limitation Schedule (CLS) with the following cover policy changes is effective May 30, 2024. The CLS indicates where EXIM is "open for cover" and where EXIM is "off-cover."

Countries are mulling over what to do next after failing to meet a deadline to produce an agreement to prepare for future health crises in two years. African states would like to see a deal this year, while others argue for a longer extension.

The Biden Administration continues to promote its Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity vision of agricultutal cooperation and digital workforce development in Latin America. Officials from partner countries and experts from the Inter-American Development Bank met in Quito to "discuss how new technologies, climate-smart tools, and bioeconomic approaches can advance efforts to ensure our people have a sufficient supply of sustainably produced food," according to the State Department,

The inaugural Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on science and technology (S&T) cooperation met in London Monday and Tuesday. The JCM focused on synthetic biology, quantum, and artificial intelligence as outlined in the June 2023 Action Plan for a Twenty-First Century U.S.-UK Economic Partnership . 

Many developing countries, including the Africa Group and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group, yesterday rejected the proposal on “responsible consensus” floated by Singapore and several countries at the World Trade Organization, said people familiar with the developments. The United States seemingly adopted an ambivalent position on “consensus”-based decision-making, saying “consensus” is essential. It added that members have the option to block decisions that conflict with vital national interests, said people who took part in the meeting.

The International Trade Commission issued its final determination yesterday that imports of brass rod are injuring US manufacturers.

The Agriculture Department is allocating $300 million to 66 US organizations, under the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program, to build demand for US food and farm exports in high-potential markets around the globe, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday. The program was launched last October, authorizing $1.2 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding to help US exporters expand their customer base beyond traditional and established markets.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are urging President Biden to act on a new law allowing him to seize frozen Russian assets and give them to Ukraine for reconstruction ahead of the G7 finance ministers’ meeting. The lawmakers asked for a briefing by June 1 on the progress of talks being led by the National Security Council to encourage G7 and European Union partners to find creative mechanisms for using Russian sovereign funds frozen in their respective jurisdictions.

Congressional leaders rallied around the idea of a Free Trade Agreement for Kenya, while the Biden Administration continues to pursue its U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) with its associated “high-standard commitments.” STIP is inteneded for the  United States and Kenya to resolve various nontariff trade issues— including on agriculture, anti-corruption efforts, digital trade, environmental issues, workers’ rights, and trade facilitation.

World Trade Organization General Council Chair Petter Olberg informed members yesterday that a retreat will be convened on July 8-9 to discuss how the WTO can remain a “forward-looking organization” amidst continued stalemates on several issues, said people familiar with the development. The hidden goal of the retreat seems to be aimed at changing the consensus-based decision-making as enshrined in the Marrakesh Agreement that established the WTO in 1995, said a trade envoy who asked not to be quoted.

Friday the Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State, named three individuals and two entities as violators of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). Industry should be aware of its compliance obligations and exercise extra vigilance due to the ubiquitous nature of many of the items, as Iran utilizes commercial-grade components in its weapons.

A bipartisan group of House members have introduced legislation that would provide investment tax credits to encourage the movement of pharmaceutical supply chains back to territories like Puerto Rico and Guam from China. The Bill states: The critical supply chains reshoring investment credit is an amount equal to 40 percent of the qualified investment with respect to any critical supply chain facility placed in service during such taxable year."  

President Biden has withdrawn the nomination of lobbyist Nelson Cunningham to be Deputy US Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor and Environment, in response to key Democrats’ opposition to the choice. In lieu of the USTR post, Mr. Cunningham will be joining the State Department as a Senior Advisor to Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose Fernandez.

The Energy Department published guidelines and instructions for obtaining a waiver to the recently signed Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act, which bans the import of certain types of Russian Low Enriched Uranium into the United States beginning on August 11, 2024

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