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On March 4, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced plans to end benefits for India and Turkey under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a long-standing program that eliminates tariffs on non-import sensitive goods from developing countries that meet specific eligibility criteria.

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With no end in sight to the Section 232 tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Canada announced plans to invest USD$75 million to help approximately 300 small- and medium-sized steel and aluminum businesses increase productivity and expand into new markets.

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As of press time, trade talks between the U.S. and China are continuing with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer saying he hopes the two parties are in the final weeks of negotiations.

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Canada and Mexico purchase one-fifth of the total value of U.S. manufacturing output, and together they purchase more U.S.-made goods than our next 10 trading partners combined. That’s why many companies and industry associations are putting their might behind the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA).

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Colorado’s General Assembly is considering a bill specifying that commercial dishwashers, fryers, hot food holding cabinets and steam cookers, along with a variety of other devices, must meet or exceed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  ENERGY STAR° and/or WaterSense requirements to be sold in the state after Jan. 1, 2021.

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NAFEM has joined more than 30 associations in advocating for the Main Street Tax Certainty Act of 2019 that would make permanent the Section 199A 20 percent qualified business income deduction.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rule to streamline and modernize the so-called “Process Rule” includes several recommendations made by NAFEM in comments submitted to the Agency in March 2018. DOE recommended, and DOE proposes, that its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) establish test procedures 180 days before publishing a proposed energy conservation standard, and that EERE codify industry consensus standards for test procedures rather than establishing its own, separate test methods.

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Given the newness of the Jan. 1 California Significant New Alternatives Policy SNAP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) bans, NAFEM members have many unanswered questions about compliance with the Act that reinstated the previously vacated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SNAP Rules 20 and 21. To help answer these questions, NAFEM coordinated two conference calls with California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff on Jan. 31 and Feb. 20.

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Given the newness of the Jan. 1 California Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) bans, NAFEM members have many unanswered questions about compliance with the act that reinstated the previously vacated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SNAP Rules 20 and 21. To help answer these questions, NAFEM coordinated two conference calls with California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff on Jan. 31 and Feb. 20.

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