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USDA seeks comments on guidelines on curtailing child labor in farm imports

USA - May 16 2011 On 12 April 2011, the USDA sought public comments on guidelines for a voluntary initiative seeking to prevent the importation into the United States of agricultural products produced by forced or child labor.

Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Sarah O’Hare O’Neal.

USTR rejects trade-off for Chinese apples, US beef

China, USA - May 16 2011 On 5 April 2011, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk stated that he would not agree to a trade-off with China that would allow the importation of Chinese apples into the United States in exchange for American access to China's beef market.

Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Sarah O’Hare O’Neal.

Unrestricted imports of faux suede eligible for preferential treatment under CAFTA-DR

Dominican Republic, USA - May 16 2011 On 25 March 2011, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) published in the Federal Register its determination that certain faux suede bonded with faux fur pile fabric is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner from the US-Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) countries.

Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Sarah O’Hare O’Neal.

USDA proposes softwood lumber marketing fee

USA - May 16 2011 On 22 April 2011, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing Service proposed a Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order that would be financed by assessing a fee on softwood lumber shipped within or imported into the United States.

Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Sarah O’Hare O’Neal.

Federal Circuit overturns CBP’s classification of wall panels

USA - May 16 2011 On 31 March 2011, the CAFC overturned duties imposed by CBP on StoreWall LLC's imported wall panels and hanging bags.

Cristina Brayton-Lewis, Sarah O’Hare O’Neal.