Vietnam Suppliers "Struggling" under UFLPA Ban

As U.S. importers look for safer supply chains outside of Asia, especially in the textiles industry, Vietnam is reportedly “struggling” under a U.S. ban on goods sourced from China’s Xinjiang region. A Vietnam industry association says its apparel makers depend on China for about half of their input materials. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) latest Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) enforcement data shows that of the $15 million worth of apparel and footwear shipments held up for UFLPA checks since last June, more than 80% of them were from Vietnam. Read more from Reuters.

Tai Meets with Canada's Trade Counterpart

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai met this week with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng. Both participated in the Organization of American States’ annual conference in Washington. The two discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Canada’s proposed digital services tax. The trade leaders will meet again in July for the next USMCA Free Trade Commission meeting. Read USTR’s statement on the meeting.

USTR's Statutory Review of Section 301 Tariffs Turns One

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) statutory four-year review of Trump-er Section 301 tariffs reaches a milestone this month, turning one without any changes thus far. The Court of International Trade upheld the legality of Section 301 tariffs last month, although the case is likely to be appealed. AAEI submitted comments to USTR in January in response to notice seeking public comments. Click here for details.

U.S. Commercial Service Celebrating Export Week

The U.S. Commercial Service is hosting a number of export sessions this week in honor of Export Week. May is World Trade Month. The sessions, led by both private and public sector experts, feature tradecraft programs and industry focused opportunities, many of which are free. For details, please click here.