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Retail Trade Issues - October 2017

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In this month’s Retail Trade Issues…

PRESIDENT NOTIFIES CONGRESS OF INTENT TO SIGN FTA WITH MEXICO

Following a whirlwind week of negotiations, U.S. President Donald Trump sent a letter notifying Congress of his intent to sign an FTA with Mexico, and Canada "if it is willing," that creates as many questions about the future of NAFTA as it answers. 

USTR LAUNCHES GSP ELIGIBILITY REVIEW FOR TURKEY

As part of escalating tensions between the United States and Turkey, the Trump administration announced it would review Turkey's eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences program over Turkey's retaliation for U.S. Section 232 steel/aluminum tariffs.

FMCSA SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON HOURS OF SERVICE REVAMP

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has asked for comments by September 21 on potential changes to hours of services rules for truck drivers.

CONTROVERSIAL TRUCKING RIDER UNLIKELY TO REMAIN IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune expressed his view that any Senate FAA reauthorization is unlikely to include a provision preventing states from imposing state-specific rest break rules on commercial truckers, which NRF has supported.

EIAP FOR DOMINICAN REPUBLIC EXPECTED TO EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 1

After 10 years of minimal use, the Earned Income Allowance Program (EIAP) for certain woven cotton bottoms imports from the Dominican Republic is scheduled to expire on December 1.

UPDATES ON. . . 

U.S. CHINA SECTION 301 TARIFFSSTEEL/ALUMINUM SECTION 232 INVESTIGATION, and 'MODEL' FTA PARTNERS.

 

Retail Trade Issues is a monthly newsletter prepared by The Trade Partnership for members of the National Retail Federation. Address all comments and inquiries to Jonathan Gold, VP, Supply Chain and Customs Policy, at goldj@nrf.com or 202-626-8193.