Congress Clears Rnewal Of AAFA Supported Burma Import Ban; Administration Action Expected Soon

On July 24, Congress cleared a bill that extends for an additional year a ban on imports from Burma. AAFA has long supported this ban and has urged other countries to follow suit. Although the most recent one-year import ban technically expired on July 27, 2008, President Bush is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly, which provides for a seamless extension. Bush is also expected to sign into law a companion measure that would authorize a series of additional sanctions targeting the Burmese jade and gem industry.