This Week in Congress
January 14, 2020
Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on H.R. 1230, which would make it easier for workers to prove age, disability, and similar... READ MORE
China to Sign Phase One Trade Agreement Tomorrow as Treasury Dept. Removes China’s Label as a Currency Manipulator
January 14, 2020
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and his delegation are expected to travel to the White House to sign the “phase one” trade agreement with the U.S. on Jan. 15. People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang... READ MORE
International Update – January 2020
January 14, 2020 by John Creamer
Welcome to the latest installment of “International Update” – a monthly feature of the Washington Insider from John Creamer, MEMA’s advisor on international regulatory affairs. This update focuses... READ MORE
MEMA Joins More than 30 Other Major Trade Associations in Letter Urging Department of Commerce to Issue a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
January 14, 2020
January 13, 2020 – MEMA has joined more than 30 other major trade associations urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to clarify and... READ MORE
CIT Rules in Favor of Importer in Not Paying Royalty Fees as Part of Value of Goods
January 14, 2020
The Court of International Trade (CIT) ruled on Dec. 17 in favor of an importer of Giorgio Armani apparel over whether they were required under US customs laws to pay, “advertising fees and... READ MORE
President Trump has No Plans to Impose Tariffs on EU for Now
January 14, 2020
Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Bloomberg TV on Jan. 10 that the Trump administration had no plans at the moment to impose Sec. 232 autos and auto parts tariffs on the EU... READ MORE
Japan’s New Trade Minister in Meeting with USTR
January 14, 2020
Hiroshi Kajiyama took his first trip to Washington yesterday since he was appointed Japan’s minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in October. Kajiyama is continuing his meeting with U.S. Trade... READ MORE
BIS Published Final Rule on AI Geospatial Imagery Export Limitations
January 14, 2020
Last week, The Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) limiting the export of artificial intelligence related to geospatial imagery. Under the IFR, an export... READ MORE
Trump Administration and DOT Release Updated Driverless Vehicle Guidelines
January 14, 2020
At last week’s CES in Las Vegas, the White House and the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an updated set of voluntary guidelines for automated vehicle (AV) development. The document,... READ MORE
DOT Inspector General to Retire at End of January
January 14, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III will be retiring at the end of January. According to a press release from the Office of the... READ MORE
White House Releases 10 AI Regulatory Principles
January 14, 2020
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as part of a larger effort to maintain the U.S.’s leadership in Artificial Intelligence (AI) development, released 10 principles on... READ MORE
EPA Releases ANPRM for the Cleaner Trucks Initiative
January 14, 2020
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new initiative to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. Wheeler made the announcement on... READ MORE
State Update
January 14, 2020
As a service to AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA members, MEMA contracts with Stateside to provide timely updates on key issues affecting parts suppliers on the state level. For brief summaries and... READ MORE
This Week in Congress
January 7, 2020
Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The House is expected to vote on legislation requiring EPA to create nationwide protective measures against polyfluoroalkyl substances, or... READ MORE
A Phase One Deal with China
January 7, 2020
President Trump has said he will sign the phase one U.S.– China trade agreement on January 15 at the White House. Presumably Liu He, the Vice Premier, will be present to sign for China. According... READ MORE
USMCA Continues to Move Forward
January 7, 2020
We expect that the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be considered and passed in the Senate in the next few weeks, after 90 percent of the House voted in favor of the measure in... READ MORE
Commerce Publishes Export Controls on Geospatial Imagery AI – Takes Effect Immediately
January 7, 2020
On Monday, January 6, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce published an Interim Final Rule to limit the export of artificial intelligence related to... READ MORE
Federal Reserve Concludes 2018 Tariffs Hurt Motor Vehicle Industry Significantly
January 7, 2020
The Federal Reserve Board published a study discovering that the motor vehicle industry was among the top 10 industries hit by retaliatory tariffs in 2018. In addition, the study found that the... READ MORE
MEMA Speaks on EPA Heavy Duty NOx Initiative
January 7, 2020
MEMA provided support at an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) media event Monday announcing EPA’s release of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for the heavy-duty low NOx... READ MORE