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Since 1986, International Development Systems has provided clients with up-to-the-minute data and analysis. Our input helps clients to make informed sourcing decisions. Starting with the U.S. textile quota program, and evolving through the development and implementation of Free Trade Agreements and trade preference programs, our experts have guided sourcing professionals through the complicated world of trade policy for twenty-five years.

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January 12, 2018 - Failure to Pass Budget May Lead to Government Shutdown : As lawmakers have returned to Washington, D.C., this month from the December recess, one of the most pressing issues is passing a spending bill that funds the government for at least a few additional months, or a longer-term spending bill. ... > read more

January 12, 2018 - Hundreds of Organizations Urge Congress to Renew GSP : After Congress failed to pass a bill renewing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program prior to the end of 2017, almost 400 organizations came together in the Coalition for GSP, sending a letter to lawmakers underlining the problems that delayed renewal can have on their businesses. ... > read more

January 12, 2018 - Commerce Submits Steel Section 232 Report to Trump : On January 11, 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released a brief statement announcing he has formally submitted the results of the Commerce Department’s investigation into the effect of steel mill imports on national security to President Trump. ... > read more

January 12, 2018 - Alibaba’s Taobao Remains on 2017 Notorious Markets List : The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has published the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2017, which highlights specific physical and online markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in or facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. ... > read more

January 12, 2018 - Labor Department Publishes Update on Colombia Labor Dispute : In January 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) initially released their report on a petition filed in May 2016 by Colombian labor unions and the AFL-CIO, alleging that the Government of Colombia is not satisfying its labor obligations under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. ... > read more


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