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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

It’s August in an Election Year – No Rest for the Trump Administration on Trade Actions

Despite the Congressional recess and continued focus on COVID-19 economic relief, Trump officials announced several major trade actions over the last week that could impact global trade and supply chains.  Here is a quick round-up of recent developments and what may be coming next.… 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

Imports From Hong Kong May Soon Face Section 301 Tariffs

On Tuesday, August 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register that could end the ability of manufacturers based in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Hong Kong”) of the People’s Republic of China (“China”) to avoid the tariffs imposed on Chinese products by the Trump … Continue Reading

Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the 2019 NDAA: Interim Final Rule Prohibiting Contracting with Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

The Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has published an interim final rule implementing section 889(a)(1)(B) of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232, the 2019 NDAA).¹ ²  This interim final rule is effective August 13, 2020 and interested … 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

Considerations for Post-COVID-19 Trade in the World of New Normal

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 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

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

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

CFIUS Clearance: Tonghao Information Technology, and UTStarcom Holdings Corp.

Status:  Clearance Acquirer:             Tonghao Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (China) Acquired:            UTStarcom Holdings Corp. (Cayman Islands) Value:                   Approx. US$49.2 Million Industry:             Telecommunications… 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

US Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Officials for Repression in Xinjiang

On October 8, 2019, the Secretary of State announced visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs or other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, China. Family members of named persons may also be subject to these restrictions. The visa restrictions support the Department … Continue Reading

US Department of Commerce Adds 28 Chinese Organizations to Its Entity List

In response to ongoing human rights violations, BIS announced that it would add 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to the Entity List for engaging in or enabling activities contrary to the foreign policy interests of the US. This action targets those entities implicated in human rights violations and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities … Continue Reading

Training Material Available: Export Controls and Technology Transfers Conference – June 19-20, 2019 | Washington DC

George Grammas’s presentation on “Strengthening Trade Compliance in Line with Recent Legislative Developments and Impacts to Controls via an Examination of Extraterritorial Applications, Order of Review, and Classification” is now available in our Learning Center, in which you can also find other training resources and information.… Continue Reading

OFAC Reaches Settlement Agreement With e.l.f. Cosmetics, Inc.

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with e.l.f. Cosmetics, Inc. in the amount of US$996,080 for potential civil liability relating to 156 apparent violations of North Korea Sanctions Regulations. The potential violations stem from importation of false eyelash kits from the People’s Republic of … Continue Reading

Commerce Extends Deadline for Public Comments to Export Controls on Emerging Technologies to January 2019

UPDATE:  BIS is extending the public comments deadline on emerging technology export controls from December 19 this year to January 10, 2019, per an unpublished Federal Register notice released on December 13. The proposed rule will officially appear in the Federal Register on December 14. Posted on November 26, 2018 On November 19, 2018, the US … Continue Reading
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