International Trade

U.S.:    

The Senate Finance Committee introduced a bill to extend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for two years in a bill similar to that of H.R.2709 introduced by the House Ways and Means Committee (30 ITR 1139; 7/25/13). H.R. 2708 includes provisions from former bills to suspend tariffs on manufacturing inputs and some finished products not made or available in the U.S. (30 ITR 1140; 7/25/2013).  

Customs

U.S.:     

The Document Image System (DIS) allowing submission of electronic images of US Customs Border Protection (US CBP) agency forms by electronic means is being expanded (78 Fed. Reg. 44,142; 30 ITR 1141; 7/25/13). US CBP will issue a final rule on Importer Security Filing (ISF) data requirements by early 2014 (78 Fed. Reg. 44,266; 30 ITR 1142; 7/25/13). US CBP and the Treasury Department are adopting changes to regulations to require refusal of admission of consumer products and industrial equipment into the U.S. which is non-compliant with U.S. energy conservation and labeling standards (78 Fed. Reg. 40,388) (30 ITR 1042; 7/11/13).

Export Controls

U.S.:    

The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) were amended with a Final Rule reflecting changes in the Missile Technology Control Regime Annex effective 7/16/2013 for export control classification numbers (ECCNs) 1 C011, 1C111, 1C116, 9A101, 9B105 and 9E101 (30 ITR 1088; 7/18/13). Final rules regarding two main export control lists in four general areas including items related to tanks and submarines were published July 8th by the Departments of Commerce and State (78 Fed. Reg. 40,891; 40,921) (30 ITR 1041; 7/11/13).

Environment

Canada: 

Environment Canada published a Ministerial Conditions notice in the June 15, 2013 issue of the Canada Gazette, Part I regulating conditions for the manufacturer for import of a form of amines used in asphalt paving compounds on the basis of potential toxicity to aquatic organisms (30 ITR 1122; 7/18/13).

Export Policies

U.S.:   

H.R. 1409 would require global assessment of foreign markets to determine those with greatest potential for increasing U.S. exports and result in the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) of the Commerce Department deploying personnel and resources to those markets for the benefit of the U.S. export community (30 ITR 1012; 7/4/13).