U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission

Policy trends in China’s economy: At the Central Economic Work Conference, Chinese leaders promise increased economic support measures as trade tensions with the United States and flagging domestic consumption weigh on China’s economy; the Chinese government seeks to stabilize growth by cutting the bank’s reserve requirement ratio, increasing infrastructure spending, and expanding local government debt; weak consumer demand heightens attention on surprising official estimates that China’s population could start declining by 2027. Read More →

https://www.uscc.gov/trade-bulletin/january-2019-trade-bulletin

Extension of Import Restrictions Imposed on Certain Archaeological and Ecclesiastical Ethnological Material From Bulgaria

This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect an extension of import restrictions on certain archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological material from Bulgaria. The restrictions, which were originally imposed by CBP Dec. 14-01, are due to expire on January 14, 2019.

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https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/01/14/2019-00064/extension-of-import-restrictions-imposed-on-certain-archaeological-and-ecclesiastical-ethnological

USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Cartridges for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Components Thereof

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain cartridges for electronic nicotine delivery systems and components thereof.  The products at issue in the investigation are described in the Commission’s notice of investigation. Read More →

https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2018/er1220ll1048.htm

Modifications of Section 301 Action: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of modification of action.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined to modify the action being taken in this Section 301 investigation by postponing the date on which the rate of the additional duties will increase to 25 percent for the products of China…Read More →

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/19/2018-27458/notice-of-modification-of-section-301-action-chinas-acts-policies-and-practices-related-to

Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its plan. Read More →

https://www.commerce.gov/news/blog/2018/12/shutdown-due-lapse-congressional-appropriations