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In January, NAFEM debuted its new Advocacy Update monthly conference call format combining the previous hot- and cold-side calls into one, more comprehensive call.

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The EPA is proposing to add certain PFAS (per- or polyfluoroalkyl chemicals) compounds to the annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting required of manufacturing companies with 10 or more full-time employees that use certain chemicals above designated regulatory threshold amounts. PFAS are commonly used in nonstick cookware, metal and plastic plating, food containers and wrappers […]

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NAFEM’s team at Barnes & Thornburg advises that compliance with U.S. laws and regulations – including screening customers and business partners and ensuring your business is properly complying with U.S. export controls, trade sanctions and customs rules – should be on members’ 2020 to-do lists. “Doing so is even more compelling since the U.S. Department […]

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the pre-publication version of its Process Rule setting energy-efficiency standards and test procedures for commercial products and consumer equipment.

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The House of Representatives will be in session Feb. 4 – 13 and 25 – 28. The Senate is expected to be in session every day during the impeachment trial.

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In mid-December, the White House announced a Phase One trade deal with China. The new agreement leaves the current 25 percent Section 301 tariffs on Lists 1, 2 and 3 untouched. These are the tariffs that most substantially impact NAFEM members and other manufacturers. It reduces the tariffs on List 4A from 15 percent to […]

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The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that France’s Digital Services Tax is burdensome on U.S. commerce. The 3 percent tax applies to the annual French revenue of U.S. tech firms like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. In response, USTR proposed Section 301 tariffs of up to 100 percent on numerous French imports, including cheese, […]

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On Dec. 2, President Trump tweeted that the U.S. would impose Section 232 tariffs on steel imported from Brazil, and steel and aluminum imported from Argentina, in response to the countries devaluing their currencies. Both countries were not subject to the original Section 232 tariffs because of previously negotiated import quotas. Thus far, there has […]

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On Nov. 19, NAFEM and representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation met to discuss individual states’ requirements that certain commercial appliances sold, leased or rented in those states meet or exceed ENERGY STAR and WaterSense requirements. While EPA is concerned about pre-empting states’ abilities to set their own […]

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