Trade News / U.S. regulatory updates

Posted: Apr 4, 2018

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation covered in the investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden... Read more >

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Posted: Jan 14, 2015

Just over 20 years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) included a stipulation allowing Mexican truckers to make deliveries in the U.S. Now, just after the two-decade anniversary for the ground-breaking legislation, that provision is set go from paper... Read more >

Posted: Jan 13, 2015

Despite the involvement of a federal mediator in contract negotiations over the past week, West Coast dockworkers are continuing their policy of work slowdowns and the withholding of skilled labor, bringing West Coast ports to the brink of “complete gridlock,”... Read more >

Posted: Jan 9, 2015

President Obama has issued an Executive Order expanding the scope of economic sanctions imposed on North Korea. New sanctions include the prohibition of financial transactions benefiting any person whose property and interests in property are blocked, and the addition of... Read more >

Posted: Jan 7, 2015

Two West Coast port groups came to an agreement to allow federal mediators to step into long-standing negotiations that have seemed increasingly without a solution.  The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) announced earlier in the week that negotiations between the... Read more >

Posted: Jan 6, 2015

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced late Monday that in response to a joint request from the ILWU and the PMA, contract negotiations between the two parties will proceed under the auspices of the FMCS “as soon as possible.”... Read more >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

The Port of Oakland and its terminal operators are chipping away at their cargo backlog by running Saturday and Sunday gates, and the weekend gate program could remain in effect for another month. Oakland has moved more than 1,000 import... Read more >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

Due to a confirmed outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as “bird flu”, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of immediate... Read more >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue... Read more >

Posted: Jan 2, 2015

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association entered the weekend engaged at a standoff at Los Angeles-Long Beach as employers plan to reduce the number of longshore crews that will be assigned to work vessels on the... Read more >

Posted: Jan 2, 2015

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has posted the 2015 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) to their website. This includes a change record of new HTS which went into effect on January 1, 2015, deleted HTS that expired on December 31, 2014,... Read more >