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Wyden Announces Legislation to Extend Trade Preferences and Tariff Relief

June 3, 2021

Senate Finance Committee Chair, Ron Wyden, announced legislation to update and reauthorize three expired trade programs: Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA). The Trade Preferences and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2021 will extend duty-free access to the U.S. market for certain developing countries under GSP until 2027, with important updates to eligibility rules that ensure trade policy rewards advances in human rights, women’s economic empowerment, labor, environment, rule of law and digital trade, among others.

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The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other government agencies has issued an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory to highlight the heightened risks for businesses.  The advisory warns U.S companies that do business with and have investment links to Xinjiang may be at risk of violating the U.S. law. Due to the entities complicit in forced labor and other human rights abuses there and throughout China. Given the severity and extent of these abuses, businesses and individuals that do not exit supply chains, ventures, and/or investments connected to Xinjiang could run a high risk.

Beginning October 1, 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will start enforcing Lacey Act import declaration requirements on 27 new tariff lines. This marks the sixth phase of Lacey Act declaration enforcement, which was delayed from October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the new products include essential oils; trunks, cases and suitcases; oriented strand board and wooden containers and pallets; musical instruments; and monopods, bipods, tripods, and more.

The Court of International Trade has granted a preliminary injunction which stopped the liquidation of unliquidated entries subject to litigation over List 3 and List 4A Section 301 China tariff litigation. The suspension of liquidation only applies to importers who are plaintiffs in the action.

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