Friday, February 9, 2024

Trump Proposes 60% Tariff on China

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Men's Poromeric Dress Shoe Contract Awarded

February 8, 2024, Original Footwear Manufacturing BR Inc.,* Big Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $30,238,042 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men's poromeric dress shoes. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a two-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Feb. 7, 2026. Using military services are Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2026 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0029).

*Small Business

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Defense Logistics Agency Seeks Source for Long Staple Aramid Fiber Spinners

National Spinner went out of business at the end of 2023. The company provided a long staple material to a DLA contractors to manufacture the ATAGs 22/P and 23/P suits.

They have been unsuccessful in their search for a replacement.

Monday is Washington's Birthday

Monday, February 19th, is Washington's Birthday, a public holiday in the United States. Federal, state, and local government offices will be closed as will many non-retail business.

Since 1971, Washington's Birthday has been observed, as a public holiday on the third Monday in February. The day is commonly called "Presidents’ Day," but the legal name remains, "Washington's Birthday."

"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and enduring scenes of private life; pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding, his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. To his equals he was condescending, to his inferiors kind, and to the dear object of his affections exemplarily tender; correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence, and virtue always felt his fostering hand; the purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues. His last scene comported with the whole tenor of his life although in extreme pain, not a sigh, not a groan escaped him; and with undisturbed serenity he closed his well-spent life. Such was the man America has lost such was the man for whom our nation mourns."
-- Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee

We could do no better, in reflecting on the life and influence of President Washington, than to consult his 1796 Farewell Address to the nation written as he prepared to retire from public life. It was almost immediately reprinted in newspapers across the country and later in pamphlet form.

In the address Washington argues that the Union of the States "ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty," and that "there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands." He warns against sectionalism: North versus South, or Atlantic versus West. He praises the Constitution, which he declares, "improved upon [the Articles of Confederation]" and "better calculated than [the Articles] for an intimate union." The Constitution, he says, "till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all." As every schoolboy knows, he then goes on to warn against factions and "the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally."

Washington stresses the need for religion and morality if the republic is to be preserved. And he exhorts to maintain good public credit and to be careful with regard to public debt "not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear." Finally Washington warns against foreign alliances.

The full text of the Address is available at libraries and online. The original hand-written address is 32 pages in length, far from a 140 character "tweet."

Request for Proposals for Customs Brokers Continuing Education Accreditors Issued in SAM

The Final Rule Continuing Education for Licensed Customs Brokers was published on June 23, 2023 (88 FR 41224). In that Final Rule, CBP noted that it would publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit submissions from parties interested in becoming a recognized accreditor. The accreditor(s) ultimately chosen by CBP will receive, review, and provide decisions to education providers on whether their offerings will be eligible for the new continuing education credits requirement.

The RFP has been issued in the System for Award Management (SAM). To review the RFP, visit the SAM website at www.SAM.gov. On the Search tab, type in “broker education” in the provided search field. You can also search by the Notice ID: 70B06C24R00000030. All instructions for submitting information are included in the RFP. CBP is accepting RFP submissions until March 7, 2024.

Read more HERE.

Foreign-Trade Zones Board Proceedings

On February 8, 2024, the Foreign-Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (89 FR 8525) Foreign-Trade Zones Board Proceedings: Final rule.

This action adopts minor modifications to the regulations of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board). The primary purpose for these modifications is to provide flexibility on the method to submit application fees. The prior regulations required submitting application fees by check. The changes allow for the submission of multiple forms of electronic payments in addition to paper checks. Other revisions in this rulemaking update the regulatory language to provide clarification and to reflect current practices. The Board is also confirming it has met the information collection requirements from a 2012 final rule.

CITA Determines that Certain Nylon Dobby Weave Fabric is Short Supply for DR-CAFTA

On February 6, 2024, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements published in the Federal Register (89 FR 8183) Determination Under the Textile andApparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican RepublicCentral America-United States Free Trade Agreement (‘‘CAFTA–DR’’)

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (‘‘CITA’’) has determined that certain nylon dobby weave fabric, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA–DR countries. The product is added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA–DR in unrestricted quantities.