Retail Trade Issues: August 2016

Retail Trade Issues: August 2016
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This month's Retail Trade Issues includes:

Trade maligned in both presidential platforms, raising more questions about viability of ‘lame duck’ TPP vote
At conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia in July, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton became the official presidential nominees for the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. While the top of the ticket was long settled, the conventions included several other key announcements – from the official party platforms to the vice presidential candidate selections – that could impact U.S. trade policy going forward.

ITC review of EIAP for Dominican Republic shows continued low usage
On July 28, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its seventh annual review on the effectiveness of the Earned Income Allowance Program (EIAP) for certain woven cotton bottoms imports from the Dominican Republic.

USTR releases report on AGOA implementation; requests comments on annual AGOA eligibility review
On June 29, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a report on implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

DOL makes NAFT, Colombia FTA labor review announcements
In July, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) made announcements related to two separate investigations regarding alleged labor rights violations under current U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs).

FMC report: Mexican and Canadian ports increased market share of North American container cargo in 2015
On June 30, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) released a 2015 update to its 2012 report entitled “A Study Of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving Through Canadian And Mexican Seaports.”

FMC innovation teams identify nationwide portal as top priority
At the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) meeting on July 21, Commissioner Rebecca Dye reported that the supply chain innovation teams launched earlier this year have identified the creation of a nationwide information portal as an important top priority.

PierPass increases traffic mitigation fee
On July 8, the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) announced a 1.9 percent increase in the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) for the PierPass program.

Updates on:

  • GSP travel goods decision
  • ACE implementation
  • EU-U.S. privacy shield
  • ‘Consumptive demand’ changes
  • Antidumping investigations of residential washing machines
  • Trade facilitation agreement implementation

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.