President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he praised the country’s progress in moving toward democracy and called for further reforms. Ahead of President Obama’s visit, the Treasury and State Departments announced that they were waiving the ban on imports from Burma, although the importation of certain jades and rubies is still prohibited.
Hurricane Sandy could knock out power and flood highways in heavily populated areas such as New York City and Washington, D.C., as it comes ashore today, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a regional emergency, allowing for exception from some regulations for motor carriers providing emergency materials.
The U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) imposes new requirements on companies that supply food, food ingredients, beverages, pet foods or dietary supplements for consumption in the United States.
International Longshoremen’s Association and employer representatives discussed “a number of major issues” in two days of contract negotiations this week, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said.
The Brazilian Board of Foreign Trade (CAMEX) approved temporary Import Duty increases for 100 products, effective the first of October. The increased duty particularly affects the steel, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and capital good sectors. The increases will remain in effect for 12 months, but can be extended until December 31, 2014
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As reported by the Journal of Commerce, the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance agreed to a 90-day contract extension, averting a threatened Maine-to-Texas dock strike at the end of this month.
With the possibility of a strike at East and Gulf Coast ports, some carriers have announced a “Port Congestion Charge” that would take effect at the end of September if ports shut down as a result of the labor dispute. The effective date of the surcharge will be triggered by the Gate In Date / Received Date at origin.