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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

Additional Steps to Ease U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls for Cuba prior to Obama Visit

In advance of President Obama’s highly publicized trip to Cuba, the Administration took additional steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. These changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

Additional Steps to Ease U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls for Cuba prior to Obama Visit

In advance of President Obama’s highly publicized trip to Cuba, the Administration took additional steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. These changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

UN and U.S. Sanctions Target North Korea: Impacts for Asia and Beyond

The United Nations and United States recently took significant new steps to expand sanctions on North Korea, with implications for international banking; shipping and port activities; air transport; energy and mining sectors;...more

Immigration Bulletin – Obama Administration Relaxes Travel Restrictions to Cuba

The Obama Administration has recently announced a further relaxation of travel restrictions for U.S. citizens interested in traveling to Cuba. The recent changes would allow individuals to travel to Cuba as part of...more

OFAC and BIS Continue to Ease Cuba Shipping, Travel and Banking Sanctions

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have respectively published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: March 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in January relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, Russia, Belarus, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with...more

OFAC Further Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations – President Obama Authorizes More Travel and U.S. Establishments in Cuba in...

On March 16, 2016, in what could be the final set of amendments  to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) under the Obama Administration, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Final Rule that further...more

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

Washington, D.C. Update – February 2016

Entering 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to make FY17 appropriations the centerpiece of this year's legislative agenda. Both pledged "regular order" in the FY17...more

Iran Secondary Sanctions Relaxation: Effect on Shipping and Related Activities

Shipping companies should be mindful of restrictions that still apply. The relaxation of Iran sanctions that the United States implemented on January 16, 2016—“Implementation Day” for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

United States and Cuba Sign Deal to Restore Commercial Flights

Last week, U.S. and Cuban transportation officials signed an arrangement that re-establishes commercial air services between the United States and Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The new arrangement allows U.S....more

Iran Sanctions Eased, But Restrictions Remain

The United States recently lifted certain sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the general prohibition on exporting to Iran remains in place. Specifically, on January 16, 2016 (commonly known as...more

Treasury and Commerce further relax US Cuba sanctions

On January 26, 2016, the Obama Administration released its third update to the US Cuba sanctions in the past two years. To effectuate these changes, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further...more

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