CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM INSTITUTED

The International Trade Commission (ITC) will begin to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the House and Ways Committee on a regular basis. This monitoring program resulted from concerns expressed over possible market disruption from increased imports after China’s quotas end on December 31, 2008.


CHEMICALS & CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES IMPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Various legal requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and associated implementing regulations apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters.

For example, no chemical substance, mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture may be imported into the customs territory of the United States if


TEXTILE AND APPAREL SUBJECT TO GENERAL CONFORMITY CERTIFICATES – TECHNICAL CORRECTION

In previous bulletins, we advised of flammability testing exemptions applicable to textiles and apparel. The conversion from ounces per square yard to grams per square meter is 88 g/m2, not 62 as stated in the November 11, 2008 bulletin.

For textiles and apparel products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission


CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM INSTITUTED

The International Trade Commission (ITC) will begin to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the House and Ways Committee on a regular basis. This monitoring program resulted from concerns expressed over possible market disruption from increased imports after China’s quotas end on December 31, 2008.


CHEMICAL IMPORT / EXPORT DECLARATIONS

This notice pertains to Chemical Import Export Declarations under section 1018 of the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is extending the period for public comment on the proposed extension or elimination of form 486, Import/Export Declaration for List I and List II Chemicals to December 1, 2008.

DEA


CHEMICALS & CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES IMPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Various legal requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and associated implementing regulations apply to a wide range of chemical substances and can impact importers and exporters.

For example, no chemical substance, mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture may be imported into the customs territory of the United States if


CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008 – CONFORMITY CERTIFICATES

While the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC or Commission) originally published implementation date is now only one day away, the importing community has yet to receive clarification on many points that are crucial to allow for compliance with the new requirements of the Act. In a document listed on CPSC’s …


DECLARATION FOR IMPORTED MERCHANDISE MADE FROM WOOD OR PLANTS – REQUEST FOR COMMENT

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has formed Task Force to develop a reasonable implementation plan for the declaration requirement introduced by the Farm Bill amendments to the Lacey Act. The task force consists of several agency representatives, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Fish


CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008 – CONFORMITY CERTIFICATES

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) contains provisions increasing the range of products that require general conformity testing and certification, effective for goods manufactured on or after November 12, 2008. The Act is also expected to affect textiles and apparel merchandise, including children’s textiles and apparel, when


TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO APPAREL FLAMMABILITY STANDARDS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is amending its March 2008 final rule on the flammability standard for general wearing apparel, the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, 16 CFR Part 1610.

The final rule contained some incorrect typographical symbols and other inadvertent errors. (FR Pub 10/20/08, available at: edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-24712.pdf

An outline of changes