Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas

Blank Rome LLP

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Major Changes to Cuban Assets Control and Export Regulations Create New Opportunities for Trade

Action Item: On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration...more

1/22/2015 - Amended Regulation BIS CACR Embargo Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports OFAC Trade Relations U.S. Commerce Department U.S. Treasury

Mainbrace - January 2015 No. 1

In this issue: - A Sea Change Sweeps over Congress: A Look Back and a Look Ahead - Shipping & International Trade Law (Second Edition 2015) - Congress Passes Coast Guard Bill in Waning Hours of 113th...more

1/22/2015 - Coast Guard Cybersecurity International Trade Agreements Jones Act Legislative Agendas Maritime Transport New Legislation Oil & Gas Risk Assessment Risk Management Shipping

Commerce Department Issues New Guidance on Technical Crude Export Issues

Action Item: New policy guidance in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” was published by the Commerce Department on December 20, 2014, with regard to crude oil export controls. Stakeholders interested in crude oil...more

1/12/2015 - BIS Canada Export Controls New Guidance Oil & Gas U.S. Commerce Department

Trade Sanctions Roundup: U.S. Closes Out 2014 with Major Actions on Cuba, Russia, and Syria

The end of 2014 has seen major developments in U.S. foreign relations and sanctions policy with broad implications for the maritime industry. On December 17, President Obama announced a paradigm shift in relations with Cuba,...more

12/19/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Foreign Relations OFAC Russia Sanctions Syria

New Jones Act Enforcement Initiative

Action Item: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a Notice to the Area Port of New Orleans Trade Community on November 12, 2014, announcing electronic online reporting of possible Jones Act violations. Owners and...more

12/8/2014 - Customs and Border Protection Jones Act Reporting Requirements Vessels

Exports of Condensate Reflect Evolution, Not Revolution, In Crude Export Regulation

On June 24, 2014, various news sources reported that the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) had allowed two companies to export processed condensate, suggesting a breakthrough in the 40-year ban on crude oil exports. The reality...more

6/27/2014 - Exports Oil & Gas Shipping U.S. Commerce Department

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