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New ITAR Rules Possible: DDTC Rulemaking Unaffected By Trump Executive Order Limiting New Regulations

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade Controls made clear last week that the State Department’s Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), which is responsible for the International Traffic in Arms...more

Three Important Lessons to Be Learned from the $1.2 Billion ZTE Settlements

On March 7, we learned that Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) concluded 3 settlement agreements that could result in penalties as high as $1.2 billion for its violations of U.S. sanctions and export...more

President Trump’s Trade Policy Released

President Trump’s trade policy was released today. Comments will be forthcoming....more

Trump’s Trade Policy–Not as Protectionist as You May Think

I was fortunate enough to be on a panel last week with four foreign government representatives to discuss trade. The meeting was informative and I thought I would share my take-aways. My conclusion is that Trump’s trade...more

Another Reason To Always Run Compliance Screenings Even If You Are A Non-U.S. Party – OFAC Is Targeting Foreign Companies

If you are a foreign company that wants access to the U.S. financial markets, make sure you understand the U.S. Iran Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). Administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of...more

Demonstration of Compliance with Hong Kong Law Now A Must for U.S. Exporters to Hong Kong

The Commerce Department’s Bureau for Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a new rule that requires exporters to Hong Kong of items subject to certain controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to obtain...more

Iran and Russia Sanctions Programs Under a Trump Administration–What to Expect

In the final weeks of December, President Obama amended sanctions to both the Iran and Russia programs. These changes further relaxed sanctions on Iran while they tightened sanctions on Russia. Yet, just three days from the...more

Trade Watch – Understanding U.S. Trade Policy in the New Trump Administration

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

CFIUS’ Global Reach – Users of U.S. Controlled Technology Beware

The U.S. government, and we mean the pre-Trump administration at that, has blocked an acquisition of a foreign company by another foreign company. The concern is that the target company has a U.S. presence and has access to...more

New Format for Filing CJ Requests via New Defense Export Control and Compliance System (DECCS)

As the export agencies still strive to implement one system for export licensing and compliance, DDTC has come one step closer by creating a new on-line process for filing CJ requests. As of November 16 at 5 pm, DDTC will no...more

11/23/2016  /  DDTC , Export Controls , Exports

Getting Your Goods Through Port Faster While Keeping the Country Safe– Is Membership in C-TPAT Right for You?

If you are importing a large volume of products from abroad and are not aware of the C-TPAT program administered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), then you may want to consider the benefits of the program. C-TPAT is...more

New Changes to Sanctions on Cuba Provide New Array of Business Opportunities in Cuba–What You Should Know

Sanctions against Cuba continue to lift. Effective this week, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have relaxed controls...more

10/20/2016  /  BIS , Cuba , Exports , OFAC , Sanctions

Commerce Report Shows Impressive Job Growth Thanks to U.S. Exports

The Commerce Department issued great news for exporters and American workers last week. According to Commerce’s report, Jobs Supported by Export Destination 2015, American jobs supported by U.S. exports to current free trade...more

New License Authorizing U.S. Aircraft to Make Temporary Sojourns to Iran Marks Further Lifting of Secondary Sanctions

Further weakening secondary sanctions, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a new license to allow non-U.S. persons to fly some U.S. aircraft to Iran for temporary sojourn. While General...more

Call for SME Exporters to Join New Commerce Advisory Council To Ensure Financing Options

The Commerce Department this week announced the establishment of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC), the mission of which will be to advise the Secretary on how the U.S. may support small and medium-sized U.S. business...more

Secondary Sanctions Can Prove Tricky for Both U.S. and Non-U.S. Companies - Export Compliance Matters

What are secondary sanctions? Secondary sanctions apply to non-U.S. persons for wholly non-U.S. conduct that occurs entirely outside U.S. jurisdiction. Compare this to primary sanctions, which prohibit U.S. persons from...more

Commerce Guidance Supports Benefits of Voluntary Disclosures and Improved Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a voluntary disclosure guidance for export violations. The guidance takes effect July 22 and its intent is to make Commerce’s enforcement more...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for Universities

The Administration's recent efforts to normalize trade relations with Cuba has resulted in new opportunities for universities. Although the embargo is still in place, the Administration has carved out multiple exceptions....more

Exporting to Sri Lanka? — If Not, It May Be Time to Consider the Market

Sri Lanka may not be the first market that comes to mind when thinking of opportunities to export goods and services or invest, but there is reason to at least keep the country in mind. While the Administration has been busy...more

2016 Top Export Markets for U.S. Goods

Last week the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) released the second installment of its Top Markets Reports. The reports–nineteen different industries are highlighted in total–do an excellent job...more

Watch Out – CBP Is Coming After Importers for Duties and Compliance Will be Key

U.S. importers should reevaluate their compliance program as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s steps up its efforts to enforce payment of antidumping and countervailing duties. The efforts come at the heel of this...more

The Current Playing Field for Cuba – A Summary of the Existing Requirements

The Department of Treasury and Department of Commerce have made several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) since the Administration announced its new...more

OFAC Further Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations – President Obama Authorizes More Travel and U.S. Presence in Cuba

On March 16, 2016, in what could be the final set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) under the Obama Administration, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a final rule that further...more

New Commerce Department Procedure Available for U.S. Cuba License Holders – It’s a Bit Hard to Find, But if You Need It, You Need...

We all know that export regulations cannot keep up with reality. Reforms are happening very quickly, especially regarding Cuba. So, here’s a new procedure we just discovered. Perhaps it can help you if you are ever similarity...more

Please Read the Fine Print About Doing Business in Cuba

I am here to encourage newly authorized trade to and from Cuba. However, my job is also to ensure that exporters have all of the information they need to make informed business decisions and remain compliant with U.S. trade...more

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