Retail Trade Issues: September 2016

Retail Trade Issues: September 2016
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This month’s Retail Trade Issues includes:

TPP takes another administrative step, but politics remain difficult
On August 12, the Obama administration sent to Congress a Draft Statement of Administrative Action (SAA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, as required by the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation passed last June.

Customs issues ‘enforce’ regulations
After some resistance, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) August 22 issued regulations – interim regulations, rather than the final regulations required by the statute – implementing the “ENFORCE and Protect Act” provisions for investigating charges of antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) order evasion. 

FDA seeking comments on proposed data collection rule
The Food and Drug Administration published July 1 a Federal Register notice of a proposed rule establishing requirements for the electronic filing of entries of FDA-regulated products under the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

USTR announces 2016/2017 GSP annual review deadlines
In an August 25 Federal Register notice, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the deadlines for the 2016/2017 Annual Generalized Systems of Preferences (GSP) product and country practices review.

West Coast marine terminal operators drop chassis fee
On August 23, the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) announced that it was shelving its proposal to impose a $5 fee on chassis leasing companies operating in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. 

Updates on:

  • GSP travel goods
  • Softwood lumber agreement
  • ACE implementation
  • EU-U.S. privacy shield
  • Port performance freight metrics working group

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 or 202-626-8193.