Fashion Intel & Analysis

On May 24, President Trump signed a proclamation restricting entry to the United States of any foreign nationals who were present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry. The proclamation came at the recommendation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to mitigate the risk of further spreading COVID-19. The travel restriction applies to flights departing after May 26 at 11:59 PM ET. 

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will add nine Chinese entities to the Entity List with export sanctions. Included on the list is Aksu Huafu Textiles Co., which the Commerce Department says is complicit in human rights violations and abuses against the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang province. The inclusion of Aksu Huafu Textiles Co. on this list suggests that there may be additional sanctions imposed. According to the Commerce Department, the United States will "restrict the export of U.S items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to persons or organizations reasonably believed to be involved, or to pose a significant risk of being of becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States." The entities identified by the Commerce Department are listed below. 

China’s Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science
Aksu Huafu Textiles Co.
CloudWalk Technology
FiberHome Technologies Group
Nanjing FiberHome Starrysky Communication Development

This week the White House released  the new report, "U.S. Strategic Approach to the People's Republic of China." The report says "over the past two decades, reforms have slowed, stalled, or reversed. The PRC’s rapid economic development and increased engagement with the world did not lead to convergence with the citizen-centric, free and open order as the United States had hoped."  The  Administration says they have adopted a competitive approach, including a "tolerance for greater bilateral friction." The Administration's strategy focuses on economic issues, security concerns and human rights issues. The Administration says they are taking actions to block imports of Chinese goods produced using forced labor in Xinjiang.  

In a notice posted on their website dated May 21st, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announces 78 new Product Exclusions that appear on List 3 of the China 301 tariffs. Included in the notice and listed below are a number of travel goods items. The product exclusions will apply retroactively from September 24, 2018 and will extend to August 7, 2020.

4202.22.1500, Handbags with outer surface of sheeting of plastics, each measuring not more than 35 cm in width, not more than 20.5 cm in height and not more than 30 cm in length 

4202.32.1000, Coin purses with outer surface of laminated plastics, each measuring not more than 8 cm in length, not more than 8 cm in height, and not more than 3 cm in width 

4202.92.3131, Garment travel bags of man-made fibers, each weighing at least 0.9 kg but not more than 1.9 kg, measuring at least 100 cm but not more than 170 cm in length, with zippered compartments, with handles to carry in a folded condition and a hanger clamp 

Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ,Mark Morgan, released a statement about CBP's decision to extend non-essential travel restrictions at U.S. borders. Citing containment measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgan said "these orders have been tremendously effective in providing CBP the ability to effectively protect United States citizens and others in the country legally by reducing the spread of COVID-19. These policies will exist at our borders until the further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States has ceased to be a serious danger to the public health."