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New Obligations for Foreign Investors in Agricultural Land in Australia

The Australian Government has demonstrated its commitment to create greater transparency around foreign investment in agricultural land by introducing a national Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Register (Register)....more

Trade & Manufacturing - July 2015

In This Issue: - Update on Trade Promotion Authority and Companion Trade Bills: A Lot Can Happen In Washington In 34 Days - Congress Allows Export-Import Bank Charter to Expire, for Now - WTO Finds That COOL Is...more

WTO Finds That COOL Is Simply Not Cool, and House of Representative Agrees

The most recent chapter in the dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products resulted in a loss for the United States. In a May 18 report, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Appellate...more

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

On June 5, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the publication of its Draft Guidance on its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). The FDA is establishing VQIP to enable the expedited review and...more

WTO’s Ruling Against India’s Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products May Finally Open Market for American Farmers

On June 4, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruled in favor of the United States and affirmed the WTO dispute settlement panel’s findings that India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products violates...more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

AMF Publishes Reporting Obligations and Position Limits for Derivatives on Agricultural Commodities to Commence July 1

On June 15, the Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) published a statement that the reporting obligations position limits for agricultural commodity derivatives proposed in the Separation and Regulation of Banking Activities...more

The Oman Update - The Official Gazette 1102

Sultani Decrees - Sultani Decree 20/2015 - Promulgating the GCC Common Law of Anti-dumping, Countervailing Measures & Safeguards. Sultani Decree 21/2015 - Granting Omani nationality to 288 named...more

European Parliament Votes To Continue Requiring Ethanol

On May 20, 2015, the European Parliament voted to reject a plan that would eliminate the requirement for import licenses of ethanol of agricultural origin. The plan was rejected with a vote of 486 to 164 amid concerns that...more

New USDA Study Says COOL not Beneficial to American Consumers

Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is not economically beneficial to American consumers, according to a new report authored by a team of agricultural economists from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. In...more

Canada Retaliates Against U.S. Country of Origin Labelling Requirements

Since 2008, the Canadian government has challenged country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). On May 18, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate...more

Large-Scale Privatization 2015 Approved (Ukrainian)

On 12 May 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 271 “On Conducting a Transparent and Competitive Privatization in 2015” (the “Resolution”), which approved the list of more than 300 State-owned...more

Large-Scale Privatization 2015 Approved

On 12 May 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 271 “On Conducting a Transparent and Competitive Privatization in 2015” (the “Resolution”), which approved the list of more than 300 State-owned...more

Non-U.S. Companies Should Use Caution When Investing in U.S. “Agricultural Land”

A non-U.S. company that buys or sells U.S. real estate that is or once was used for agricultural purposes may face reporting requirements in connection with such transactions. These reporting obligations might apply whether...more

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

ICA's sector enquiry on the dairy industry

On 5 May 2015, the Italian Competition Authority ("ICA") decided to launch a sector inquiry into the dairy sector. As recently reported by the President of the ICA in its annual hearing at the Senate on 13 May 2015,...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Discloses Second Phase of Regulatory Review Before Senate Committee; Commissioner Giancarlo Questions Position Limits Proposal Before Energy Risk Summit - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures...more

EU Customs Practice Group - April 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Union Customs Code Developments ..Data mining to detect customs violations - TARIFFS: ..Increased GSP+ vulnerability threshold ..Increased additional...more

China Announces New Comprehensive Water Pollution Control Plan

The State Council of China has published an ambitious plan to reverse the deterioration of water quality and improve management of water resources throughout China. ...more

Parliament Finalizes EU Biofuels Reform Rule

On April 28, 2015, the European Parliament approved a draft law restricting crop-based biofuels in order to encourage production of advanced biofuels with low-risk ILUC and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ...more

Beekeepers Abuzz After Court Allows Class Action to Proceed Against Regulator

A majority of the Federal Court of Appeal in Paradis Honey Ltd. v. Canada recently allowed a group of commercial beekeepers to proceed with a proposed class action against their government regulator. The court rejected the...more

Access on the Table: the ChAFTA and Lessons for Canada

On November 17, 2014, the governments of Australia and the People’s Republic of China signed a declaration of intent on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), bringing to a close 24 rounds of negotiations...more

Federal Government’s Mandatory Grain Shipment Rules Not Extended

The grain shipment rules (Rules) enacted by the Canadian government—the most recent iteration of which expired on March 28, 2015—have not been renewed. ...more

European Patent Office Finds Plants and Plant Products Patent-Eligible

On March 25, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) handed a victory to those seeking to protect plant inventions in Europe. The EBA found that the essentially biological processes exclusion of...more

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