Resources

n May 10, in response to unsuccessful trade negotiations with China, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) increased Section 301 import duties on $200 billion of China imports on List 3 from 10 percent to 25 percent. Three days later, the USTR began the process of imposing tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional approximately $300 billion in Chinese imports on a new List 4. Overall, tariffs of 10- to 25-percent will potentially impact nearly all Chinese imports.

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The United States Trade Representative (USTR) prepares an annual report on trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights.

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As import tariffs, environmental regulations and other advocacy-related issues impact the commercial foodservice equipment and supplies industry at an increasing pace, it’s important that members establish relationships with elected officials and regularly share their perspectives on pending rules and regulations.

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As an independent voice for small businesses within the U.S. federal government, the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy helps quantify the impact of current and proposed regulations on companies. This information is important to Congress, the White House, federal agencies and courts, and state policy makers who must consider these impacts in their decisions under the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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With today’s intense focus on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, ASHRAE plays a key role in advancing sustainable technology in the built environment by setting standards and guidelines for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration design and operations practices around the world. Formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, ASHRAE is a go-to resource, with more than 200 standards and guidelines. It’s 57,000 members include building system design and industrial process professionals from more than 140 countries.

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NAFEM continues to monitor the following topics and will provide updates when additional information is available.

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The Washington State Legislature has approved a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) reduction bill (HB1112) based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (EPA SNAP).

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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced an $89 million project to spur continued innovation of energy-related advanced manufacturing technologies.

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Citing an inability to make major policy decisions during its national election period, India has requested a 90-day extension of its inclusion in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), program that eliminates tariffs on non-import sensitive goods from developing countries that meet specific eligibility criteria.

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