The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its regulations to remove lists of foreign countries eligible to export meat, poultry, and egg products to the United States. FSIS will maintain a single list of eligible foreign countries on its website

Link: USDA Publication Method for Lists of Foreign Countries Eligible To Export Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products


The United States,  Mexico & Canada reached an agreement on December 10th 2019 to update NAFTA after 25 years.   The USMCA will modernize the old NAFTA agreement and according to the Office of The US Trade of Representatives (USTR)  will “Support mutually beneficial trade  leading to freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in North America”.    Currently no

To accommodate the requirements of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, (TFTEA), US Customs will no longer use X as the Units of quantity (UOQ’s) in the Harmonized  Tariff of the United States. (HTSUS). 

This change will take place effective January 1st, 2020 and all Harmonized codes currently showing an X will be replaced with other UOQ’s such as


Issues circumvention rulings involving exports of hardwood plywood products from China, finding that hardwood and decorative plywood with veneers made of certain types of softwood (radiata and/or agathis pine) circumvent existing orders

Link: Department of Commerce Finds Circumvention of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Hardwood Plywood Products from China