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Restrictions on trade in agricultural property

On 26 April 2016 the Act of 14 April 2016 on suspension of sale of property from the Agricultural Property Stock of the State Treasury and amendment to certain acts (the “Act”) was signed by the President. The Act awaits to...more

Trade & Manufacturing - April 2016

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations - On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to...more

U.S. Poultry, Pork, and Beef Producers to Benefit as South Africa and Peru Meet International Trade Obligations

For more than a decade, U.S. meat exports to South Africa and Peru have faced significant entry barriers. In March, these countries agreed to remove their barriers, which will lead to increased export opportunities for U.S....more

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #3

Leading the News - Republic of Congo - On March 20th, the Republic of Congo (ROC) held voting in a presidential election that was predicted to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his three-decade rule....more

Africa Update - March 2016 #2

Leading the News - Cote d’Ivoire - On March 13th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed the beach hotels in Grand-Bassam, a region population with Ivoirian and Western...more

Lo que Cuba quiere de los inversores

Los inversores estadounidenses han conseguido llegar a Cuba. A comienzos de Febrero, el Departamento del Tesoro de EE. UU. aprobó la primera inversión estadounidense de importancia en Cuba desde 1959: la fábrica de tractores...more

After WTO Battle, USDA Issues Final Rule Lifting Pork and Beef COOL Requirements

Today, following a protracted legal battle at the WTO, USDA issued a final rule removing mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork. Beginning in 2008, Canada and...more

What Cuba Wants From Investors

American investors have made their way into Cuba. Just this week, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the first significant U.S. business investment in Cuba since 1959: the Oggun tractor factory. This plant represents a...more

The European Commission Takes Back the Reins on Novel Food

In order to update the legislation regarding novel food which has been in place for almost 20 years, the European Parliament adopted on November 16, 2015 a new regulation 2015/2283 in order to respond to the food industry’s...more

European Commission Adopts the New Circular Economy Package

Unwrapping the New Circular Economy Package - The European Commission is driving the transition to a stronger and more circular economy by ensuring resources are used in a more sustainable way. On 2 December 2015, the...more

Cuba: The Next Frontier for Agribusiness Products

Given the current global surplus in most commodities like wheat, corn and oil driving down prices and farm income, the emergence of new market that would demand U.S. agribusiness products would be timely and welcome indeed....more

Foreign Investment in Australian Residential and Agricultural Real Estate – New Fee Regime for Developers and Investors

Under Australia's current regime for foreign ownership of Australian real estate, certain foreign investors must obtain permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) before acquiring certain forms of real estate...more

Africa Update - February 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 5th, newly elected African Union (AU) Assembly Chairman and President of Chad Idriss Deby appointed a high-level delegation of five African heads of state to negotiate with...more

Overhaul of the Australian Foreign Investment Rules: A Summary

If you are conducting a transaction with a foreign person or you are a foreign person investing in Australia, you need to be aware of changes to Australia's foreign investment regime. With effect from 1 December 2015,...more

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for Africa

The historic 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015 resulted in the Paris Agreement (Agreement) which goes further than any previous climate...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2016

President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address - On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Cuba and the United States: A Continuing Shift in Export and Travel Policy

On January 26, 2016, the United States again modified its stance on travel to Cuba and eased certain export restrictions to that country. The changes are not surprising, considering the White House’s determination to...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Customs Compliance: Three Key Facts Companies Need To Know

On November 27, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

Business, Labor, Manufacturing, And Agriculture Representatives Provide ITC With Different Perspectives On Likely Impact Of The...

During January 13-15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) held hearings concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) on the U.S. economy. Witnesses from a variety of...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, January 2016.

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Seeks Comment And New Information On Risk Assessments For Pending PMNs For Chlorinated Paraffins: On December 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested "new...more

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