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


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 – ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) introduced requirements aimed at improving the safety of a wide range of consumer products, including wearing apparel, toys, children’s products, jewelry, sporting goods, all-terrain vehicles and furniture.

As a result of the CPSIA, importers and manufacturers must certify in writing


CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008 – ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) introduced requirements aimed at improving the safety of a wide range of consumer products, including wearing apparel, toys, children’s products, jewelry, sporting goods, all-terrain vehicles and furniture.

As a result of the CPSIA, importers and manufacturers must certify in writing


GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES & ATPDEA TRADE PROGRAMS EXTENDED

The following preferential trade programs have been extended.

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The GSP has been extended until December 31, 2009 for all beneficiary countries. The GSP provides preferential duty rates on more than 4,650 products from 131 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act


GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES & ATPDEA TRADE PROGRAMS EXTENDED

The following preferential trade programs have been extended.

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The GSP has been extended until December 31, 2009 for all beneficiary countries. The GSP provides preferential duty rates on more than 4,650 products from 131 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act


CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM PROPOSED

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel has asked the International Trade Commission to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the Committee on a regular basis.

Rangel has asked for this “textile monitoring program” due to concerns that a surge in textile and apparel imports


CHINESE TEXTILE & APPAREL MONITORING PROGRAM PROPOSED

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rangel has asked the International Trade Commission to collect data on Chinese textile and apparel imports, and report this data back to the Committee on a regular basis.

Rangel has asked for this “textile monitoring program” due to concerns that a surge in textile and apparel imports


TOUGHER COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK LAWS ENHANCE ENFORCEMENT OF COUNTERFEIT GOODS

On October 13, 2008, bill S.3325 was signed into law to enhance the domestic enforcement of intellectual property rights. This law toughens civil and criminal laws and penalties to improve coordination of federal efforts against counterfeiting and increases resources for Justice Department programs to combat trade in counterfeit goods.

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