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The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

On January 1, 2012, The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act will go into effect.

Under this new California law, many large retail companies and manufacturers who do business in California will need to post on their corporate websites what specific steps, if any, the company undertakes to ensure that their product supply chain is free from slavery and human trafficking.

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CBP Proposes to Increase the Informal Entry Limit and Eliminate the Formal Entry Requirement for Low Value Shipments of Textiles and Apparel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) which would increase the informal entry limit from $2,000 to $2,500. Most significantly, however, the NPRM proposes to eliminate the existing regulation which requires formal entry for shipments of textile and apparel valued in excess of $250. Under the proposed rule, textile and apparel shipments valued up to $2,500 could be cleared with an informal entry.

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FTC Requests Comments on Textile Fiber Rules; Comments Due January 3, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a request for comments concerning the FTC’s rules and regulations pursuant to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (“Textile Act”), 15 U.S.C. 70-70k. Written comments and submissions in response to this request must be received by the FTC by January 3, 2012.

The Textile Act requires marketers to attach a label to each covered textile product disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers in the product; the name under which the manufacturer or other responsible company does business or the registered identification number of the company; and the name of the country where the product was processed or manufactured. The Textile Act also contains advertising and record-keeping provisions.

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Proposed Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2011 (H.R. 2754)

On August 1, 2011, the “Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2011,” (H.R. 2754) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This proposed bill (which must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President in order to be enacted into law) provides for a host of additional enforcement tools and restrictions specifically targeted at importers of textiles and apparel.

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