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US Government Contracts Quick Hit Briefing: Small Business Runway Extension Act Becomes Law, Yet Implementation Halted by Government Shutdown

On December 17, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (HR 6330) (the Act), which modifies the period to measure small business size status from three fiscal years of average annual receipts to five fiscal years.… Continue Reading

How Do You, Your Suppliers and Customers Fare as Trade Tensions Escalate?

UPDATE: The Tariff Book was updated again on December 17, 2018. Changes were made to the US section. How To Use The Tariff Book Because there is so much information included in this Tariff Book, we have made the document fully searchable. The information provided in this book comes from number of different sources, some of which are … Continue Reading

OFAC Offers Temporary Extension of Ukraine-related General Licenses

On September 21, 2018, OFAC extended certain Ukraine-related general licenses. OFAC issued General License No. 13D authorizing certain transactions necessary to divest or transfer debt, equity, or other holdings in listed blocked persons. OFAC also issued General Licenses No. 14A and 16A, which authorize certain activities necessary to the maintenance or wind down of operations or existing contracts with 1) United … Continue Reading

BIS Announces Revisions to Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

On August 30, 2018, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a final rule titled, “Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations Based on the 2017 Missile Technology Control Regime Plenary Agreements.” This new final rule amending the EAR reflects changes to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Annex pursuant to the October 2017 agreement by the … Continue Reading

Regulatory Revisions to International Traffc in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

On October 4, 2018, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced in the Federal Register revisions to the ITAR titled, “Regulatory Reform Revisions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.” The revisions are in response to comments that the Department of State received. The new rule has removed certain notification requirements from the ITAR, and it removed certain items … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Issues CAATSA-related Executive Order

On September 20, 2018, President Trump issued a new CAATSA-related Executive Order (EO) titled, “Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” and an accompanying frequently asked question. This EO provides authority to the Secretary of Treasury to take certain actions to implement certain sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions … Continue Reading

Expert Panel Discussion on Chinese Investment in the US: The Path Forward

George Grammas, Co-Chair of our International Trade/Global Import and Export Compliance Practice, will join a panel of international trade experts to discuss “International Trade Challenges and Strategies” at China General Chamber of Commerce’s (CGCC) upcoming Legal & Policy Series on October 15 in New York City. Other topics to be discussed by additional speakers include: … Continue Reading

Chinese Technology Companies Named to Entity List, Blocked from US Exports

The Trump Administration has added eight Chinese entities and 36 of their subsidiaries to the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry Security’s (BIS) Entity List. Per the final rule published in the Federal Register on August 2, 2018, “[t]he entities that are being added to the Entity List have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary … Continue Reading

USITC Weighs In On Section 337’s Domestic Industry Requirement

On Friday, June 29, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) issued an opinion (in Certain Solid State Storage Drives, Stacked Electronics Components, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1097), which expresses the Commission’s view on an important aspect of Section 337’s “domestic industry” requirement. USITC stipulates that investments in non-manufacturing activities, such as engineering and … Continue Reading
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