“President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China. I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy,” Blinken told senators at his confirmation hearing. Read more HERE
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
A genuine fur felt, made in USA, Steton fedora, from Hatco, a "thank you" for some services from Agathon Associates. I surprised my wife with it so she could make it a birthday present to me. Like a 1940s Film Noir detective, I'll wear it while ferreting out textile fraud.
Friday, January 15, 2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport assigned to the Cargo Control and Enforcement Division seized over 100,000 Counterfeit 3M N95 masks in two shipments from Hong Kong.
The Import Specialists from CBP’s Apparel Footwear & Textiles Center of Excellence and Expertise determined that both shipments were in fact counterfeit. CBP consulted with 3M who confirmed that the merchandise was not authentic. In total there were 144,000 pieces of counterfeit merchandise seized under 19 USC § 1526(e). If genuine the goods would have had a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $158,400.
Counterfeit N95 masks could end up in healthcare settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. Since they are counterfeit, they may not meet the standards of the legitimate manufacturer and may not offer the labeled level of efficacy. Unsuspecting users, including surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals, may not be getting the level of protection needed to operate safely while conducting their important duties.
Read more HERE.
The report finds that "This past year has brought very few, if any, positive developments in terms of Russia’s implementation of a WTO compliant trade regime. On a positive note, consistent with its WTO commitments, Russia has implemented all of its final tariff bindings. However, in most other areas, Russia continues to reject the market-opening goals of the WTO."
USTR Finds Vietnam's Currency Manipulation is Unreasable and Burdenous Restriction on U.S. Commerce, but Declines to Take Action
The U.S. Trade Representative has issued findings in the Section 301 investigation of Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to currency valuation, concluding that Vietnam 's acts, policies, and practices including excessive foreign exchange market interventions and other related actions, taken in their totality, are unreasonable and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. In making these findings, USTR has consulted with the Department of the Treasury as to matters of currency valuation and Vietnam’s exchange rate policy.
USTR is not taking any specific actions in connection with the findings at this time but will continue to evaluate all available options. The Section 301 investigation was initiated in October 2020.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Steve Merch, director of supplier operations for the clothing and textiles supply chain at Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, leads a team of contracting specialists and technical staff who are procuring textiles-based items ranging from nitrile gloves to face masks for DOD, HHS and FEMA. Merch and his team of contracting specialists and technical staff have worked overtime since March to procure textiles-based items ranging from nitrile gloves to face masks for the Defense Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They provided millions of reusable face masks, several versions of disposable coveralls and non-surgical gloves to DOD customers, as well as disposable protective gowns and protective coveralls for FEMA and surgical face masks and isolation gowns to replenish the HHS-managed Strategic National Stockpile. Read more HERE.