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Issue 06, 2007 (15 March)
 Feature Article


China Figures Prominently in Administration's 2007 Trade Agenda

On 1 March, the Bush administration submitted to Congress a report outlining its trade policy agenda for 2007. The report also provides an extended summary of bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade negotiations during 2006. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab stressed the commitment of the administration ... (full story)

 Congressional/Executive Activities


Import Statistics Indicate Possible Removal of Certain Indian/Thai Jewellery from GSP Programme

Recently released U.S. import data shows that certain gold jewellery from India and Thailand classified under HTSUS 7113.19.50 could be removed from eligibility under the Generalised System of Preferences in the coming months unless President Bush decides ... (full story)


CBP Reports Big Jump in Counterfeit Goods from China, Responds with New Risk Model and IPR Audits

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently released statistics regarding the volume and value of its seizures of IPR infringing articles in fiscal year 2006. These statistics show that the total domestic value of such seizures was US$155.4 million, a ... (full story)


Bill Introduced to Apply CV Duty Law to NMEs

On 1 March, Reps. Artur Davis (Democrat-Alabama) and Phil English (Republican-Pennsylvania) introduced legislation (H.R. 1229) that would explicitly extend the application of countervailing duty law to non-market economies, including China. Sen. Evan ... (full story)


Senate Defeats 100 Percent Scanning Amendment

On 1 March, the Senate defeated by a vote of 58-38 an amendment to a bill designed to further improve homeland security (S. 4) that would have required 100 percent scanning of all U.S.-bound cargo containers within three years for large foreign ports ... (full story)


House Approves CFIUS Reform Bill

On 28 February, the House voted unanimously to approve a bill (H.R. 556) to reform the foreign investment review process performed by the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The bill, which mirrors legislation that also ... (full story)


DR-CAFTA Takes Effect for Dominican Republic

The United States-Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement entered into force with respect to the Dominican Republic on 1 March. The Dominican Republic is the sixth DR-CAFTA signatory to implement the agreement, following the U.S. and ... (full story)


BIS Proposes New Framework to Control Export Diversions

The DOC's Bureau of Industry and Security is considering a possible regulatory change that would establish licence requirements for exports and re-exports to countries that represent a concern for the diversion of items subject to the Export Administration ... (full story)


CITT Considers Sunset Review of AD Duty Order on Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate

The CITT is seeking comments from interested parties by 30 March on whether it should initiate an expiry (i.e., sunset) review of the AD duty order on certain ... (full story)


CBP Rules on Origin of Digital Systems Made with Chinese Components

On 28 February, CBP issued a final determination regarding the country of origin of certain digital systems to be offered to the U.S. government under an undesignated government procurement contract. The products at issue are digital ... (full story)

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