01/17/2018 – The Federal Trade Commission seeks public comments on its proposal to extend for three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act clearances for information collection requirements under the Wool Products Labeling Act and the Care Labeling Rule. See the corresponding
Federal Register notices, dated 01/16/2018
for further information and deadlines for comments.
01/16/2018 – The Office of the United States Trade Representative released the
2017 Special 301 Out of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets also known as the Notorious Markets List.
The report highlights 25 online markets and 18 physical markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
November 2017 Textile and Apparel Import Report
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announces its 2018 Special 301 Review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR)
or deny fair and equitable market access.
Public comments are requested by February 8 and a public hearing will be held on February 27.
Notification of Annual Quantitative Limit for Certain Apparel under Haiti HOPE (Value-Added Quota) for 2017/2018 Annual Period
for the period December 20, 2017 through December 19, 2018, the annual quantitative limit of the Haiti HOPE Value-Added program is 361,603,399 square meter equivalents.
Registration is now open
for the 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit co-hosted by IFAI and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Summit will take place on April 24, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade
Center in Washington, DC.
10/27/2017 – The
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues final rule prohibiting children’s toys and child care articles containing more than 0.1 percent of certain phthalate chemicals.
As published in the
the rule is effective on April 25, 2018.
10/11/2017 – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that manufacturers cease the use of organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs) in the production of children's products,
furniture, mattresses, and electronics casings. Importers, distributors, and retailers also should obtain assurances from manufacturers that such products do not contain OFRs. See the CPSC
Guidance Document on Hazardous Additive, Non-Polymeric Organohalogen Flame Retardants in Certain Consumer Products.