Agriculture

U.S.:

Under newly proposed FDA regulations intended tomake imported food safer, U.S. food importers would have to verify that their suppliers produced food in a method consistent with the domestic standards enforced in the United States (78 Fed. Reg. 45,729; 30 ITR 1224; 8/8/13).

Export Trade Controls

U.S.:

The International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR)/Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Final Rules will take effect October 15, 2013 revising categories VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles) and XIX (Gas Turbine Engines and Associated Equipment) of the U.S. ITAR Munitions List (USML) by positively enumerating items subject to the ITAR under a new EAR “600 series” classification numbering system on the U.S. EAR Commerce Control List (CCL) and implementing a definition for the term “specially designed” for export license applications used in determining licensing requirements (WorldECR, Issue 24, August 2013 (L. Christensen/David Hardin, Miller & Chevalier).  

A final rule has been issued whichmakes important procedural changes related to voluntary self-disclosures (VSDs) of violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (78 Fed. Reg. 48,601; 30 ITR 1271; 8/15/13).  

Amendments are proposed to the ITAR U.S. Munitions List to revise category XI (Military Electronics) to describe more precisely the articles warranting control (30 ITR 1180; 8/1/13).

Imports

U.S.:

The proper marking designation of certain digital storage devices (Hard Disc Drives-HDDs and Self-Encrypting Drives-SEDs)) imported into the United States is the country of origin of the U.S. by virtue of “substantial transformation” achieved during the programming of the devices (78 Fed. Reg. 51,737; 30 ITR 1306; 8/22/13).