Sara Nordin

Sara Nordin

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EU Agreement on Trade Rules for Conflict Minerals

The European Union (EU) institutions have reached broad agreement on trade rules for so-called "conflict minerals". While the technical details still need to be established, we summarize the expected new EU rules below....more

6/30/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Due Diligence EU Exclusions Exporters Importers Manufacturers Metals OECD Sellers

EU Customs Developments - May 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 11 May 2016, the European Commission published a correction to the Union Customs Code (UCC) Delegated Act. It removes references to certain special...more

6/20/2016 - CJEU Classification Customs Customs and Border Protection Economic Sanctions Environmental Goods Agreement EU Fair Trade Agreements (FTA) Generalized Scheme of Preferences INTA Nomenclature Sanctions Tariffs TTIP Union Customs Code (UCC)

US Issues Additional Guidance Regarding Iran Sanctions Relief

On June 8, 2016, the US further clarified the scope of the sanctions relief provided to Iran as of January 16, 2016 (known as "Implementation Day") under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Department of the...more

6/16/2016 - Banks Controlled Foreign Corporations Financial Institutions General Licenses Implementation Day Iran Sanctions ITSR Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Non-US Entities OFAC SDN List Senior Managers

EU Customs Developments - April 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 1 May 2016, the Union Customs Code (UCC) entered into force. The UCC is the new EU framework regulation for the rules and procedures for customs and...more

6/2/2016 - Customs Economic Sanctions EU GSP Regime Myanmar Origin Tariff Classifications Tariffs Trade Agreements TTIP Union Customs Code (UCC) Valuation

US Further Liberalizes Burma Sanctions

On May 17, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased the sanctions on Burma by issuing and expanding general licenses and removing certain parties from the Specially...more

5/19/2016 - Burma Economic Sanctions Exports Financial Institutions General Licenses Myanmar OFAC SDN List State-Owned Enterprises US Department of State

EU Customs Developments - March 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 15 March 2016, the European Commission published the so-called Union Customs Code (UCC) Transitional Delegated Act, which lays down the transitional...more

4/22/2016 - CJEU Classifications of Goods Customs EU Exports Fraud GSP Regime INTA Nomenclature Origin Tariffs Trade Agreements TTIP Union Customs Code (UCC) WTO

Trade in the balance: Europe's new Union Customs Code

The European Union — the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services — is adopting a new framework of customs rules, the Union Customs Code (UCC). From cutting-edge California mobile devices and Chinese...more

4/20/2016 - AEO Asia Bilateral Agreements C-TPAT Classifications of Goods Cross-Border Transactions Customs Duties EU Exports First Sale Doctrine Imports Member State Origin Tariffs TTIP Union Customs Code (UCC)

US Significantly Expands Sanctions Targeting North Korea

On March 16, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) expanded sanctions on North Korea (the DPRK) pursuant to Executive Order 13722 (EO 13722). This action implements in...more

3/21/2016 - Economic Sanctions North Korea OFAC SDN List U.S. Treasury UN Security Council

EU Customs Developments - February 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 1 February 2016, the European Commission met representatives of selected EU-level business organisations in the so-called ‘Trade Contact Group’ (TCG) to...more

3/21/2016 - CETA CJEU Customs EU European Commission Exports GSP Regime Imports Infringement Nomenclature Origin Sanctions Tariff Classifications Tariffs Trade Agreements TTIP Union Customs Code (UCC) Valuation

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions

On March 15, 2016, in advance of the historic visit to Cuba by the President, the United States announced significant amendments to existing Cuba-related economic sanctions and export control regulations to implement the...more

3/16/2016 - BIS Corporate Counsel Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Economic Sanctions Export Controls Exports Financial Services Industry OFAC Shipping Travel

EU Lifts (and Extends) Sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe

The EU has lifted most of the asset freezes under sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe, but at the same time extended certain limited measures. We provide further details about these sanctions developments below....more

2/29/2016 - Belarus Belarus Sanctions Economic Sanctions EU Zimbabwe

EU Customs Developments - January 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - In January 2016, the draft Transitional Delegated Act (TDA) for the Union Customs Code (UCC) was discussed at committee/working party level in the European...more

2/19/2016 - Country of Origin Customs Duties EU Foreign Trade Regulations GSP Regime Implementation Day INTA Sanctions Tariff Classifications Tariffs Valuation WTO

Overview of US and EU “Implementation Day” Guidelines on Iran Sanctions Relief

This overview describes the status of US and EU sanctions following the first round of nuclear-related sanctions relief that occurred on “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded with...more

2/10/2016 - Automotive Industry Banking Sector Energy Sector EU General Licenses IAEA Implementation Day Iran Iran Sanctions ITSR Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Metals OFAC SDN List Shipping

EU Customs Developments: December 2015

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments – Key Provisions Published - On 29 December 2015, the Implementing and Delegated Acts for the Union Customs Code (UCC) were published in the EU’s Official Journal...more

2/8/2016 - Canon Country of Origin Customs E-Commerce EU European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) Export Controls Moratorium Preferences Sanctions Tariff Classifications Tariffs Trade Agreements WTO

“Implementation Day” Sanctions Relief Provided to Iran by UN, US, and EU

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, known as “Implementation Day,”...more

1/18/2016 - Economic Sanctions EU Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) SDN List UN Security Council

EU Customs Developments

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 21 August 2015, the European Commission formally submitted its draft Delegated Act under the Union Customs Code (UCC) to the Council and the European...more

11/16/2015 - Classification Customs EU Exports GSP Regime Origin Tariffs Trade Agreements

EU and US Take Actions to Ease Belarus Sanctions

On October 29, 2015, the EU and the United States took separate action to ease certain Belarus-related sanctions. As of October 31, 2015, the EU suspended asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed on 170 persons, as well...more

11/2/2015 - Asset Freeze Belarus Sanctions EU Executive Orders General Licenses OFAC Reporting Requirements Sanction Suspensions Sanctions SDN List Travel Restrictions

Adoption Day Marks Start of Preparations for Iran Sanctions Relief

October 18, 2015 marked the starting point for official preparations for the expected lifting of sanctions against Iran under the recently agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, termed “Adoption Day,”...more

10/22/2015 - Adoption Day EU Council of Ministers Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power OFAC SDN List Secretary of State UN Security Council

The EU’s new trade and investment policy in a nutshell

A new template for future initiatives - On 14 October 2015, the European Commission revealed its long-awaited communication setting out an updated trade and investment policy for the EU, entitled “Trade for all: Towards...more

10/21/2015 - Bilateral Investment Treaties EU European Commission Exports Foreign Investment GSP Regime TiSA Trade Agreements Trade Policy Transparency TTIP Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices WTO

First EU Steps to Prepare for Sanctions Relief under Iran Deal

On July 31, 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted the first measures to prepare for the implementing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran by allowing EU Member States to authorise certain activities...more

8/4/2015 - Asset Freeze EU Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power P5+1 Nations Transition Day UN Security Council

Overview of Sanctions Relief in Nuclear Deal with Iran

On July 20, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted resolution 2231 endorsing the final nuclear deal agreed between the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (US),...more

7/22/2015 - Aircraft Equipment Automotive Industry Energy Sector Financial Institutions Implementation Day Insurance Industry International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Metals Nuclear Power P5+1 Nations Shipping Transition Day UN Security Council United Nations

Final Nuclear Deal Reached Between Iran and the International Community

On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States (US), plus Germany), the European Union (EU), and Iran announced the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) regarding the...more

7/20/2015 - EU International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons P5+1 Nations United Nations

Additional Extension of Temporary Sanctions Relief for Iran Through July 13, 2015

On June 30, 2015, the P5 + 1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union (EU), and Iran decided by mutual consent to extend the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) for seven days,...more

7/15/2015 - EU Extensions Iran Iran Sanctions JPOA P5+1 Nations Sanctions

Joint Plan of Action Temporary Sanctions Relief for Iran Continued Through July 7, 2015

On November 24, 2013, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, coordinated by the European Union's High Representative) and Iran reached an initial understanding, which was outlined...more

7/9/2015 - Iran Iran Sanctions JPOA Negotiations P5+1 Nations Time Extensions

EU continues sanctions against Russia and Crimea into 2016

On 19 June 2015, the EU Council decided to extend until 23 June 2016 the EU sanctions against Crimea/Sevastopol imposed in June 2014 in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. On 22 June 2015, the EU...more

6/24/2015 - Asset Freeze Crimea EU Jurisdiction Russia Sanctions Ukraine

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