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China MOFCOM Issues First Order of 2021 – Counteracting Unjustified Extra-Territorial Applications of Foreign Laws

On Saturday 9 January 2021, the PRC Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued MOFCOM Order No. 1 of 2021 on Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-Territorial Applications of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures (the Rules). The Rules specify that they were formulated pursuant to the PRC National Security Law for the express purpose of “counteracting the impact … Continue Reading

What are International Sanctions?

What are international sanctions? What are primary and secondary sanctions? What are extraterritorial effects and how will that impact multinational operations? The changing international sanctions regulations produce dizzying regulatory landscape, and complex as well as confusing compliance environment. To help lift the curtain a bit on this topic, Trade Practitioner José María Viñals (partner, Madrid/Brussels), also … Continue Reading

Trump Flexes Executive Muscle to Address Chinese Military Threat

On November 12, 2020, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) on “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies.”  The EO generally prohibits any transaction in publicly traded securities, or any securities that are derivative of, or are designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of any Chinese military … Continue Reading

US Accessibility to WeChat and TikTok in Danger of Being Eliminated – Interview by Legal Talk Today

The Latest – Our blog post attracted the attention of the host and producer of the podcast Legal Talk Today. George Grammas, co-chair of our International Trade Practice, spoke to Legal Talk Today in early October about the extended impacts that could result from banning these applications in the US market. Listen to the interview … Continue Reading

China Publishes Regulations on Unreliable Entity List

On September 19, 2020, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (the MOFCOM) published the Regulations on Unreliable Entity List (Regulations), which became effective the same day. Following its first announcement on May 31, 2019, the unreliable entities list (UEL) has attracted the attention the Chinese and non-Chinese media alike. Numerous questions … Continue Reading

TikTok and WeChat Targeted by Latest Trump Administration Executive Orders

On August 6, 2020, President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders (EOs) targeting the TikTok and WeChat applications and their parent companies. Specifically, President Trump invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and other related statutes, as well as the national emergency he previously declared under these laws in Executive Order 13873 (Securing the … Continue Reading

Streaming Live: Trade Compliance and Emerging Policy – July 23-24, 2020

Here is your opportunity to be part of the biggest trade compliance conference of the year from the comfort and safety of wherever you might be. Streaming live from Washington DC and London on July 23 and 24, Content Enablers has convened a select panel of high-level government and industry policy leaders – featuring Matt … Continue Reading

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Amends Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Space Systems

On May 20, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule and request for comments on new regulations on the licensing policy of private remote sensing space systems. The new Final Rule follows a proposed rule that Commerce published in the Federal … Continue Reading

EU Seeks Public Comments on Policies for Anti-money Laundering and Counter Financing Terrorism

On May 5, 2020, the European Commission published (i) the Communication of the Action Plan (AP) for a comprehensive EU policy on the prevention of money laundering and financing terrorism (AML/CFT); (ii) the Delegated Regulation updating the countries identified as high risk countries for AML/CFT; and (iii) the methodology for the identification of high risk … Continue Reading

US Needs to Participate and Lead 5G Standards-setting; Huawei Gets a Pass

On June 18, 2020, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register, a new interim final rule that amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774) by excluding from the additional licensing requirements imposed by the designations of Huawei organization on the Entity List releases … Continue Reading

President Trump Takes Stance on China, Hong Kong – Takeaways From the Presidential Announcement

On Friday, May 29, President Trump announced several actions related to China and Hong Kong. The President’s delivered remarks and what was left unsaid were equally instructive. While we are still waiting on details for some of these actions, below is an overview of the President’s announcement.… Continue Reading

New From BIS: Changes to EAR Direct Product Rule to Tighten Supply Chain for Certain Designated Entity List Organizations

A new Interim Final Rule (New Rule) issued by the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774) by expanding the direct product rule as applied to certain organizations on the entity list took effect on May 15, 2020. The New Rule, … Continue Reading

BIS Sunsets License Exception (CIV) for Civil End Uses in Countries in Group D:1

On April 28, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR, subchapter C, parts 730-774) by removing License Exception Civil End Users (CIV) (§ 740.5), which authorized the unlicensed export, reexport, and transfer (in-country) of … Continue Reading

BIS Expands Export, Reexport and Transfer (In-Country) Controls for Military End Use or Military End Users in China, Russia or Venezuela

On April 28, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR parts 730-774. This new rule critically expands the licensing requirements for exports, reexports and transfers (in-country) of items subject to the EAR in three … Continue Reading

US Government Revises Two Previous FAQs Regarding US Persons Abroad

On April 6, 2020, the US Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced it had revised two published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The revised FAQs address US persons abroad and requests for authorization to provide defense services. The FAQs read: (1) If I request authorization for defense services that describe my current … Continue Reading

Webinar: International Sanctions and Impact on Exports, Investments and Projects – April 6, 2020

In recent years, we have witnessed the rise of international sanctions and the increase of export and import controls. This, together with the blocking regulation (with which third countries try to mitigate the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions) has added uncertainty to international trade.… Continue Reading

COMPLIANCE2020 ᵀᴹ Webinar – Emerging and Foundational Technologies and CFIUS for Export Compliance Professionals

In a rapidly changing business environment, the trade compliance practitioner’s expertise will be needed to safely navigate mergers, acquisitions and different types of partnerships with foreign entities.… Continue Reading

BIS Amends Regulations Governing Export and Reexport of Geospatial Imaging Software

On January 6, 2020, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to make software specially designed to automate the analysis of geospatial imagery subject to the EAR and to impose a requirement of a license for the export and reexport of such software. The … Continue Reading
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