Sara Nordin

Sara Nordin

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United States Issues Executive Order, General License Easing Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions."...more

1/18/2017 - Barack Obama Economic Sanctions Executive Orders Export Controls Exports OFAC Revocation Secretary of State State Sponsors of Terrorism Sudan

EU Court's Advocate General delivers opinion on EU-Singapore FTA

An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has delivered an advisory opinion on the EU-Singapore FTA. In this opinion – which is non-binding on the Court, but would normally influence its decision – AG...more

1/11/2017 - Advisory Opinions Advocate General CJEU EU Free Trade Agreements Joint Plan of Action Member State Ratification Singapore

US Issues Additional Russian/Ukrainian Designations and New General License, EU Extends Sanctions Targeting Russia

On December 20, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 15 individuals and entities and two vessels to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) and...more

12/27/2016 - BIS Economic Sanctions EU General Licenses OFAC Russia SDN List SSI List U.S. Treasury Ukraine

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

10/25/2016 - Aviation Industry BIS Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) EAR Economic Sanctions Export Controls Imports Infrastructure Medical Research OFAC Travel

US Designates Additional Russian and Ukrainian Individuals and Entities, Issues New General License

On September 1, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN...more

9/6/2016 - Economic Sanctions General Licenses OFAC SDN List SSI List Ukraine

EU Customs Developments - July 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 19 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal to amend Article 136 of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This Article UCC exempts goods that have...more

8/29/2016 - Canada CETA Classifications of Goods Customs Duty Suspensions Environmental Goods Agreement EU Exports Free Trade Agreements Infringement Nomenclature Oil & Gas Origin Sanctions Tariffs Trade Agreements TTIP UK UK Brexit Union Customs Code (UCC) WTO

EU Customs Developments - June 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - The minutes of the 13 May 2016 meeting between the European Commission and Member State experts, summarising the discussion on various amendments and...more

7/26/2016 - Classification Conflict Mineral Rules Customs and Border Protection Duty Suspensions Environmental Goods Agreement EU European Commission Free Trade Agreements Infringement INTA Nomenclature Origin Sanctions Tariffs TTIP Union Customs Code (UCC)

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

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