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Brexit and the aviation industry: Up in the air?

The aviation sector is crucial to the UK economy. The UK government has said it wants to work with industry to ensure the sector remains “prosperous and open for business” post-Brexit. It seems likely that there will be some...more

Increased Scrutiny of Visa Applications and Possible Delays

On March 17, 2017, the Department of State (“DOS”), through the Secretary of State, issued a cable to all US consulates and embassies with guidance on enhanced screening and vetting of applications for US visas and other...more

Trump's Revised Executive Order, "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed the highly anticipated and revised Executive Order (EO), "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States." The new order rescinds the previous EO issued at...more

Impact of Brexit on UK Infrastructure

It’s been almost eight months since the EU referendum in the UK resulted in the Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union commencing formalities to exit the EU. In a short space of time,...more

Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Targets Six Countries, Drops Iraq

The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order (E.O.), issued by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017, suspends processing of visa issuance for individuals from six...more

Trump EO Biometric Entry-Exit Section Raises Concerns of Lawmakers over Costs, Logistics

Members of Congress from states bordering Canada, the Northern Border Caucus, have focused on a section of President Donald Trump’s “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order...more

New Administration Ramps up Enforcement Efforts

The Trump administration has vowed to bring jobs back to the states. One of the methods it appears it’ll take advantage of is continued, aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws governing exports and international conduct....more

Drones - unmanned but not unregulated

Reports that an aircraft carrying 165 passengers narrowly avoided collision with an unmanned aircraft over central London in July 2016 have sharpened policymakers' minds on the need to implement a more robust regulatory...more

Immigration Travel Ban Update

President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order temporarily suspended entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) for at least 90 days and...more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

US Policy Scan 2017

The election, and recounts, are over. Cabinet nominees are being announced. Some 4,000 job openings will need to be filled across the federal government. Republicans "control" both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now is a good...more

President Trump, the Ex-Im Bank and Aircraft Finance

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has been embroiled in a considerable amount of political controversy in recent years. Created in 1934 by a presidential executive order to finance and facilitate the export of U.S....more

The Obama Administration Eases Sanctions Against Sudan

On January 13, 2017, the White House, the U.S. Department of Treasury ’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) , and the U.S. Department of Commerce ’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a host of policy...more

NAFTA Discussions May Alter New Rule on Lease of Equipment by Mexican Carriers

It is common knowledge that a major platform of President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign was the need to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Thus, it leaves open the...more

Rail Issues Before the New Administration

There was a plenty of rail-related activity during the 114th Congress and the last two years of the Obama Administration. Amtrak and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were reauthorized with major changes to Amtrak's...more

International Maritime Treaties Recognition and Trump: Protectionist or Progressive?

Much has been theorized in the past two months concerning whether the Trump Administration will follow through on President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to "rip up" international trade deals such as the North American...more

Sailing with the Trump Transition: Cargo, Cabotage and Maritime Infrastructure in 2017

Once he assumes office on Jan. 20, 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump will be responsible for managing a mix of cargo preference, ship documentation, cabotage, and related rules and laws dating back to the First Congress,...more

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

New Round of Cuba Sanctions Changes Expand Opportunities for Health Sector

Key Points - - OFAC’s latest changes expand opportunities for U.S. persons to engage in medical research with Cuban nationals, authorize U.S. persons to obtain FDA approval of Cuba-origin pharmaceuticals, and market...more

IN Detail [In the Know]

IN numbers - 82 billion The expected amount, in U.S. dollars, generated for the U.S. economy by the first operational rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, known as Part 107. (Source:...more

Opening Iranian Skies: OFAC Issues General License I to Jumpstart the Commercial Aviation Industry, and Iran Tests its Ballistic...

The sanctions stranglehold on Iran is loosening as the Obama Administration continues to chip away at restrictions on the commercial passenger aircraft industry. Pursuant to the phased enactment of the Joint Comprehensive...more

The United States - Cuba Commercial Relationship Moves Forward

For the first time since 1978, a U.S. Cruise line sailed to and docked in Havana, Cuba. On May 2, 2016, Fathom, a Carnival Corporation brand, became the first U.S. cruise line to take advantage of regulatory changes...more

OFAC Updates Cuba-Related FAQ Document

On April 21, 2016, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its FAQ document related to Cuba. This document contains answers to several questions regarding information about Cuba such as...more

Russian Legislation Update

Currency Control - On 5 April 2016 the President signed Federal Law No. 89-FZ amending the Administrative Offences Code. The limitation period for bringing administrative action for a breach of currency legislation...more

OFAC General License Facilitates Negotiations With Iran for Commercial Passenger Aircraft

Since we last spoke of "Implementation Day" established on January 16 under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (see "Implementation Day" Brings Openings for Commercial Aircraft Sales With Iran advisory from January 22),...more

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