Retail Trade Issues: April 2017

Retail Trade Issues: April 2017
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In this month's Retail Trade Issues:

Tax reform moves to center stage - With the collapse in March of the effort by Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” the Administration and Congress quickly moved to take up tax reform as its next major agenda item.

Trump issues two executive orders on trade - President Donald Trump March 31 issued two executive orders on trade. 

Trump starts to develop trade policy - The need for the Trump administration to respond to formal requirements of any administration on trade matters is forcing Administration representatives to start to put some “flesh” onto what so far have been vague and sometimes conflicting “bones” of its trade policies.

Trump orders review of executive branch - It seems that every new administration orders a review of the U.S. executive branch with the aim of getting rid of unnecessary offices and even agencies, and President Trump is no different.

California air quality district proposes $100 container fee - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is attempting to convince the California legislature to impose a container fee to help fund the deployment of near-zero and zero emission cargo handling and drayage equipment in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland.

Pierpass releases a third-party cost analysis  - On March 13, PierPass released an analysis of its operating costs undertaken by KPMG LLP. 

Updates on non-market economy status for China; U.S.-EU privacy shield; GSP travel goods; use of protests to claim duty-free benefits; ‘Brexit’; infrastructure spending; and development of note.

Retail Trade Issues is a monthly newsletter prepared by The Trade Partnership for members of the National Retail Federation. Address all comments and inquiries to Jonathan Gold, VP, Supply Chain and Customs Policy, at goldj@nrf.com or 202-626-8193.