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November 1, 2013


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a spooky (Halloween) and exhilarating week! This week's top stories include announcements about our new look, TTB's new International Trade Division director, a new formulations processing times chart at TTB.gov, requests for public comment on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical barriers to trade, as well as a list of the most popular news and events pages at TTB.gov (now in the column to the right).

THE TTB NEWSLETTER HAS A NEW LOOK

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JOHN LOM SELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF TTB'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE DIVISION

Graphic bio pictire of Jon Lom.John Lom has been selected as Director of TTB's International Trade Division (ITD). Prior to coming to ITD, Lom served in a number of Office of Chief Counsel positions, including acting chief and deputy chief counsel.

Lom came to TTB from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Chief Counsel's office. During his time with ATF and TTB, he has worked on numerous tax, labeling, and production matters, as well as international projects. He was instrumental in organizing the International Conference on Illicit Tobacco Trade held at the United Nations Headquarters. Lom also has served on various U.S. government delegations dealing with U.S.- European Union (EU) wine trade issues, the World Wine Trade Group issues, and World Health Organization tobacco control negotiations that produced the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Lom joined the ATF's Chief Counsel's office in March 2000, after having served 20 years with the International Affairs and Commodity Programs Division, Office of the General Counsel, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). During his time at USDA, he worked on foreign food donation and agricultural development programs, government contracts, World Trade Organization dispute proceedings, administrative proceedings and civil litigation, and legislation. He also served a detail at the Office of the United States Trade Representative where he worked on wine trade matters in the Office of Agricultural Affairs.

Lom received a bachelor's degree (with honors) from Grinnell College, and a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Creighton University, where he served on the Creighton Law Review and the International Moot Court Board.

NEW CHART SHOWS UP-TO-DATE PROCESSING INFORMATION FOR BEVERAGE ALCOHOL FORMULA APPLICATIONS

We've added a new resource to our formulation pages at TTB.gov! Our goal is to give you quick, online access to an up-to-date estimate of the average number of days we are taking to process applications, so you can better manage your internal processes and plans to get your product into the marketplace.

Visit our new Processing Times for Beverage Alcohol Formulas page to view the Current Formula Processing Times chart, which shows up-to-date processing information for beverage alcohol formulas, both those that require sample analysis and those that do not. Now you can use the chart, which we update daily, to estimate when your formula application is likely to be processed.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS TO COMPILE REPORTS ON SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEARSURES, AND TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking input from the public in identifying significant sanitary and phytosanitary barriers and technical trade barriers to U.S. exports of goods for inclusion in USTR's 2014 reports on sanitary and phytosanitary barriers and technical trade barriers, which will guide USTR in its efforts to reduce or eliminate trade barriers.

Generally, sanitary and phytosanitary measures are measures applied to protect the life or health of humans, animals, and plants from risks arising from additives, contaminants, pests, toxins, diseases, or organisms that carry and cause diseases.

Technical trade barrier measures are standards-related measures that may be inconsistent with international trade agreements to which the United States is a party or that otherwise act as significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports.  
For more information, please refer to the notices:

Public comments are due no later than November 15, 2013.

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