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THREE COUNTRIES TO BE DROPPED FROM THE AGOA PROGRAM IN THE ABSENCE OF URGENT POLICY CHANGES

On November 2, 2021, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Guinea, Mali and Ethiopia will be terminated from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) program, effective January 1, 2022, in the absence of urgent internal policy changes. The administration expressed concern over unconstitutional government changes in Guinea and Mali, and gross violations of […]

CBP ISSUES REVISED COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR GOODS FROM THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

In a Federal Register notice of December 23, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued revised country of origin marking requirements for products from the West Bank and Gaza to incorporate guidance provided by the U.S. State Department last month (see https://www.gdlsk.com/u-s-state-department-initiating-new-guidelines-for-the-country-of-origin-marking-of-israeli-and-palestinian-goods-produced-in-the-west-bank/?highlight=israel). Under the new guidance, the following requirements apply: Goods produced in the territorial […]

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT INITIATING NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING OF ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN GOODS PRODUCED IN THE WEST BANK

In a November 19, 2020 Press Statement, the U.S. State Department announced its initiation of new guidelines with respect to the country of origin marking of certain Israeli and Palestinian goods to reflect current U.S. foreign policy.  Under this announcement, goods imported into the United States that were produced within areas where Israel exercises authority (most notably Area C under […]