Trade News and Events
- 06/14/2022 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released importer guidance to assist the trade community in preparing for the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) rebuttable presumption that goes into effect on June 21, 2022. The UFLPA requires CBP to apply a presumption that imports of all goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, or by entities identified by the U.S. government on the UFLPA Entity List, are presumed to be made with forced labor and are prohibited from entry into the United States. See the UFPLA Operational Guidance for Importers on the CBP website
- 06/07/2022 – April 2022 Textile and Apparel Import Report
- 06/06/2022 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) extends exclusions of certain medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic from additional duties imposed under the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The previous exclusions covering 81 products scheduled to expire on May 31, has been extended for an additional six months, through November 30, 2022. For more details see Federal Register notice 87 FR 33871.
- 05/12/2022 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has begun the statutory four-year review of the two actions taken under the Section 301 Investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. USTR is notifying domestic industry representatives, which benefit from the Section 301 actions, of the possible termination of additional tariffs applied on certain imports from China and of the opportunity for these representatives to request continuation. Requests for continuation must be received by July 5, 2022, for the July 6, 2018 action and by August 22, 2022, for the August 23, 2018 action. An opportunity for public comment from all interested parties will be announced as part of the review process. See Federal Register notice 87 FR 26797 for more information.
- 05/12/2022 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2022 Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. USTR reviewed more than one hundred trading partners for this year’s Special 301 Report and placed twenty-seven of them on the Priority Watch List or Watch List.
- 05/04/2022 – March 2022 Textile and Apparel Import Report
- 04/07/2022 – The European Union (EU) will be putting forward several pieces of legislation in 2022 to achieve its circular economy transition. One initiative, the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) will focus on “key product value chains” (including textiles) that the Commission sees as requiring “urgent, comprehensive and coordinated action” to jumpstart the transition to circularity. The EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles was published on March 30, 2022. For more information, see the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles webpage. For information on how U.S. businesses can engage with the EU on circular economy, see the Service-EU market intelligence article.
- 04/05/2022 – Febuary 2022 Textile and Apparel Import Report.
- 03/24/2022 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced the reinstatement of certain previously granted and extended product exclusions in the Section 301 Investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The determination reinstates 352 of the 549 eligible exclusions. The reinstated product exclusions will apply as of October 12, 2021, and extend through December 31, 2022. For more information and product details, see the Federal Register notice.
- 03/18/2022 – Effective March 14, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is detaining merchandise produced or manufactured by Li-Ning Sporting Goods at all U.S. ports of entry. This enforcement action is the result of a CBP investigation indicating Li-Ning Sporting Goods uses North Korean labor in its supply chain. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) prohibits the entry of goods, wares, and articles mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in party by North Korean nationals or North Korean citizens anywhere in the world, unless clear and convincing evidence is provided that such goods were not made with forced labor. For more details, see the CBP Press Release and CBP’s CAATSA FAQs.
- 03/15/2022 – Effective March 11, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has banned the export, reexport, and transfer (in country) of luxury goods to all end users in Russia and Belarus and to certain Russian and Belarusian oligarchs and malign actors located worldwide. This action is in response to Russia’s brutal, continuing invasion of Ukraine (as substantially enabled by Belarus) in flagrant violation of international law. Among the restricted products are various apparel, home textile, floor covering, tents/camping/boating, footwear, and travel goods products. For more details and a full list of products, see the Federal Register notice 87 FR 14785.
03/02/2022 – The European Commission is inviting public comments on how best to reduce the amount of unintentionally released microplastics into the environment. This public consultation supports the Commission’s initiative on reducing microplastics pollution, as part of its Circular Economy Action Plan and Zero Pollution Action Plan. The consultation focusses on sources known to release the largest quantity of microplastics, such as plastic pellets, synthetic textiles, and tires. See the European Commission’s Microplastic public consultation webpagefor more details.
12/21/2021 – Limitation of Duty-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Haiti Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as Amended by the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE): For the period December 20, 2021 through December 19, 2022, the annual quantitative limit of the Haiti HOPE Value-Added program is 367,770,223 square meters equivalent (SME).
- 02/11/2021 – Issuance of Temporary Waiver of CITA’s Procedures Requiring Receipt of Original Signed Submissions in Commercial Availability Proceedings. Interested entities planning to file a commercial availability request should contact Laurie Mease (Laurie.Mease@trade.gov) for instructions before submitting any documents (either public or confidential versions) to CITA.