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Webinar: Post-COVID-19: Trade in the World of New Normal | June 8, 10-11:15 a.m. EDT

The corona pandemic, the ongoing Brexit and the emerging dominance of China in global markets are among the issues that pose multifaceted challenges for international trade relations. At a time when new Free Trade Agreements are being negotiated, we would like to examine how international trade can be shaped in the “World of New Normal” … Continue Reading

US Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Section 232 (Steel and Aluminum) Exclusion Process

On May 26, 2020, the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it would accept comments from the public on the Section 232 exclusion process, including regarding factors considered by agency officials when rendering decisions on exclusion petitions, the efficiency and transparency of the current process, and potential revisions to … Continue Reading

Join Us on May 28, 2020: The Future of US-UK Trade — Who Will Come Out a Winner?

“We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also representative of his administration’s approach to international negotiations. President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and Trade – US Perspective; What Comes Next?

Updated on March 19, 2020 The coronavirus outbreak has caused severe, but widely varying disruptions across the US economy, including increased consumer demand of particular goods, reduced production due to lack of key inputs from abroad or quarantined employees, and dramatic US stock market drops responding to unprecedented levels of uncertainty. … Continue Reading

US Policy Prognosis: The Legislative Response to COVID-19

The post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Public Policy Practice. Please contact John B. Breaux, Trent Lott, Edward Newberry and Robert Kapla with any questions.  With the rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly known as the “coronavirus” or COVID-19, lawmakers are proposing and … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and Trade – US and EU Travel Bans

On March 11, 2020, President Trump announced via a nationally televised address that effective from 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 13, 2020, he would suspend or limit travel into the US from foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries in an effort to curtail the person-to-person transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the … Continue Reading

Off to a Bumpy Start – UK Trade Negotiations With the EU and US

This blog post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Brexit Legal blog. Please contact Matthew Kirk with any questions. In the last week of February 2020 – amid some chest-beating ferocity on both sides – the EU and UK published their respective negotiating mandates for the … Continue Reading

International Trade and Policy Discussion in Phoenix – February 25, 2020

Join us along with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for a substantive discussion on hot-button issues in international trade and policy that will directly impact Arizona businesses across a range of industries. This discussion will feature Ludmilla L. Kasulke, who is an experienced trade lawyer based in our Washington DC office. Topics will include an … Continue Reading

Fiscal Year 2021 President’s Budget Request: Function 150 Account Highlights

On February 10, 2020, US President Donald Trump unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget Request, detailing the administration’s policy and programming priorities for the coming year. The President’s proposal continues themes raised in past years, including prioritizing foreign assistance for US allies, such as those in the Indo-Pacific and African regions, and prioritizing strong … Continue Reading

Recording Now Available: Boris’s Brexit: A Roadmap to a New US-UK Free Trade Agreement? – Panel Discussion – Oct. 23, 2019 – Washington DC

Watch a recording of our panel discussion from October 23, 2019 in Washington DC that examined some of the most critical aspects of Brexit and their short- and medium-term implications, including a potential roadmap to a US-UK free trade agreement, and what the impact of a possible Jeremy Corbyn government might mean for US-UK relations.… Continue Reading

Confederation of Indian Industry Roundtable on ‘US-India Relations: In a Challenging World’ – October 11, 2019 – Colaba, Mumbai

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will host a private discussion that features our colleagues former US Representative Joseph Crowley (D-New York), former US Ambassador to India Frank G. Wisner and co-chair of the Squire Patton Boggs International Trade Practice Frank Samolis.… Continue Reading

SPB Trade Practitioners To Speak at Roundtables Hosted by USISPF and SPM Capital Advisors – Mumbai (Oct. 15, 2019) and Delhi (Oct. 17, 2019)

The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and SPM Capital Advisors will host two private industry roundtables on ‘The Evolving US India Relations‘ that feature our colleagues former US Ambassador to India Frank G. Wisner, former US Representative Joseph Crowley (D-New York), former British diplomat Matthew Kirk and the co-chairs of the Squire Patton Boggs International Trade Practice, George … Continue Reading

SPB Trade Practitioners Headline Asia Society Panel Discussion in India: Cross-currents of Global Trade – October 15, 2019

On October 15, 2019 in Mumbai, India, a team of our colleagues, including former US Representative Joseph Crowley (D-New York), former US Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, former UK Ambassador Matthew Kirk and Frank Samolis, will discuss the current global trade scenario and India’s trade relations with the US at an Asia Society India event.… Continue Reading

Section 301 Update: US-China Trade War – List 4 Tariffs To Begin on September 1, 2019

On August 1, 2019, President Trump tweeted that the US will impose a 10% tariff on approximately US$300 billion worth of products from China (“List 4”) beginning on September 1.  This will be in addition to Section 301 tariffs already imposed on US$250 billion worth of Chinese products. … Continue Reading

Prime Minister May Resigns – Another Twist in the Brexit Saga: What Does This Mean for Trade?

By now, avid watchers can agree that Prime Minister May’s resignation will further complicate the already-complex Brexit landscape. Her tenure in office had been looking increasingly challenged for some time. The immediate trigger for her resignation was her final attempt to get her Brexit deal done, which included the offer of the possibility of a … Continue Reading

Registration Now Open: From EAR to ITARnity: Ever-challenging US Export Controls Compliance – September 16-18, 2019 | Winchester, UK

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming three-day US export controls workshops sponsored by our International Trade Practice with EGADD and Rolls Royce – this year in Winchester, UK. Trade Practitioner George Grammas will once again present on export controls topics and host workshops. For additional information about the workshops, please contact Brinley Salzmann and Karen Hayhoe.… Continue Reading

President Trump: “When It Comes to Leverage, Tariffs Are King” – What You Need to Know

Since taking office in January 2017, President Trump has made use of several provisions of US law – including Section 301, targeting unfair trade practices, and Section 232, targeting threats to national security – to bring trading partners to the negotiating table. Major developments over the last two weeks could impact global supply chains across a wide range … Continue Reading

US Changes Policy on Helms-Burton Act – Litigation Strategy for Companies Active in Cuba

On May 2, the Trump Administration ceased waiving Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, thus allowing US individuals and companies to file lawsuits against companies that are operating in Cuba and “trafficking” in (meaning, using or profiting from) property in Cuba which was confiscated from them by the government of Cuba. (For additional details, read our earlier publication.) The … Continue Reading

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

UPDATE: The Tariff Book was updated on May 10, 2019 to reflect an updated action on Section 301 by the Trump Administration that increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products (List 3). How To Use The Tariff Book Because there is so much information included in this Tariff Book, we have made the document fully searchable. … Continue Reading

Deadline Approaches for Certain Transitioning USML Category Items to CCL

Due to the Export Control Reform (ECR) that began nearly six years ago, the Department of States’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has updated 18 of the 21 categories in the United States Munitions List (USML), and most of these categories had items transition to the Commerce Control List (CCL) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by respective … Continue Reading
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