On Monday, March 25, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) granted a second set of exclusions to the first list of Chinese goods subject to a 25% ad valorem duty (84 FR 11152). As part of the Section 301 action on China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property,

On September 28th, the Trump administration announced the decision to temporarily waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, effective for 10 days.  “It will go into effect immediately,” according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is in desperate need of food, medicine, clothing and other supplies, and suspending the Jones Act will lift significant barriers to relief efforts.

The Jones Act, passed in 1920, requires all goods shipped between ports in the United States to be built, owned, and operated by Americans. The Act was intended to encourage growth in the U.S.
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