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Posted: Sep 21, 2016

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that all food facilities update their registration every even-numbered year.  This is the year! The 2016 Food Facility Registration Biennial Renewal period begins October 1, 2016, and ends December 31, 2016.  Failure to renew your registration during this specified time frame will result in cancellation of your Food… Read more »

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Posted: Feb 3, 2017

Further to what has been published in the Federal Register today, a petition prepared and presented to the United States International Trade Administration on January 26, 2017 asking for a postponement “in light of the number of programs under investigation, the number of company and government respondents, and the expected complexity of the issues”, has been… Read more »

Posted: Feb 3, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a delay in the effective date for mandatory reporting in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participating government agency (PGA) under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), and for Vehicles and Engines under the Clear Air Act. The new mandatory reporting date is… Read more »

Posted: Feb 3, 2017

With various journals, publications, blogs and just plain “internet chatter”, there is a chance that you have now suffered from “information overload” having to do with the current Softwood Lumber investigation currently being conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Let’s be very clear, here. The last “authoritative” document published in the Federal Register… Read more »

Posted: Jan 19, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participating government agencies (PGAs) will become mandatory when filing Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) cargo release on January 26, 2017.  This includes goods entered under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), or Vehicles and Engines entered under the Clean Air Act. What does… Read more »

Posted: Jan 12, 2017

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of softwood lumber products from Canada that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. The ITC’s affirmative determinations… Read more »

Posted: Jan 9, 2017

The International Trade Administration (ITA) has published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) extended the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) System until March 21, 2022. The purpose of the SIMA system, operated under its current authority since March 21, 2005, is to provide steel producers, steel consumers, importers, and the general public with accurate information… Read more »

Posted: Dec 9, 2016

Global Affairs Canada advises of the petition filed on November 25, 2016 to the US Government by the Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations (COALITION) on the imports of softwood lumber from Canada requesting an initiation for an investigation on the antidumping, countervailing and injury to the US lumbers industry. The… Read more »

Posted: Oct 28, 2016

As noted in an earlier release, a bipartisan group of senators has written a letter to President Obama, urging him to encourage Canada to forge a new softwood lumber trade deal. As expected, Canada has responded. A letter from International Trade Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, went out… Read more »

Posted: Oct 20, 2016

The forecast calls for tariffs The one-year tariff standstill period that prevented the U.S. from initiating trade action against Canada has expired. This means that, as of October 13th, 2016, the United States is free to launch a case against Canada for unfair trade practices and can begin the process for imposing steep import tariffs… Read more »

Posted: Oct 19, 2016

Canada’s Trade Minister and U.S. Trade Representative continue to work toward a solution after failing to reach a deal on the Softwood Lumber Agreement prior to October 13th. The U.S. Lumber Coalition has said any new agreements should maintain Canadian exports at or below and agreed U.S. market share. Until there are no other avenues… Read more »