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Cuba Si! Trade With Cuba … Not Quite Yet

There has been much fanfare surrounding the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, starting with President Obama’s announcement of the resumption of bilateral relations, and followed by the formal establishment of...more

BIS Removes Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism in Regulations

On July 22, 2015, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of U.S. Department of Commerce, amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect Cuba’s removal from designation as a State Sponsor of...more

The Times Are Changing, But Very Slowly

First, we learned relations with Cuba were thawing, and now – on July 14th – there is the nuclear deal with Iran. Many American companies are clambering to make commercial deals with businesses in both countries – but not so...more

The Baby and the Bathwater: The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Intrusion and Surveillance Software...

If you are not aware, please take note that the July 20, 2015 deadline is fast approaching for comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed rule on the export control of certain...more

Export Control Reform Roundup – Overview of Recent Developments

In This Issue: - I. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Controls on Toxicological Agents and Directed Energy Weapons - II. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Definitions...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

Proposed Rule to Subject Certain Cybersecurity Items to Greater Export Restrictions

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently published a proposed rule enhancing controls on certain cybersecurity items under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Specifically, the...more

Cuba No Longer a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but Future of Trade Relations Still To Be Determined

On June 10, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced S. 1543: The Cuba Trade Act of 2015, which aims to "repeal{} or amend current laws restricting trade with Cuba," including "the enforcement of an economic embargo of Cuba,"...more

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2015

This month on the anticorruption front, an energy company announces the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declined to bring charges following an Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigation, the protracted...more

Proposed Change to Export Controls Would Allow Use of the Cloud for Encrypted Data

On June 3, 2015 the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed regulations which would change the definition of the...more

State and Commerce Seek Comments on Proposed Export Control Rules Regarding Electronic Transmissions, Defense Services and Other...

On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed rules amending the International Traffic...more

Ferry Service Between The United States And Cuba—Imminent Or Not?

Recent decisions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury have increased the prospects for regular air and vessel service to and from Cuba. Those decisions do not open the floodgates for...more

State and Commerce Departments Publish Next Set of Proposed Export Control Reform Rules: Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical...

In This Issue: - Export Control Reform Initiative - DDTC Proposed Rule - BIS Proposed Rule - For More Information - Excerpt from Export Control Reform Initiative: By way of background, the Export...more

US Department of Commerce proposes licensing requirements for export and transfer of cybersecurity items

In December 2013, the Wassenaar Arrangement - a group of 41 countries including the United States - agreed to add so-called cybersecurity items to its list of controlled dual-use items. On May 20, 2015, the Department of...more

An attempt at Harmonization: Export Documentation Changes

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is currently accepting comments on methods of improving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as well as harmonizing these regulations with the clearance requirements under the...more

Strict Controls Proposed on the Export of Cybersecurity Items

On May 20, 2015, the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed to establish controls on the export of cybersecurity items. These items would be classified under new Export Control Classification...more

OFAC Issues Guidance Regarding the Parameters of Authorized Travel Between the U.S. and Cuba

On May 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance regarding travel between the United States and Cuba. In particular, the guidance clarifies that companies authorized to...more

BIS Proposes Broad New Licensing Requirements for Exports Involving Cybersecurity Technology

In December 2013, members of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a group of 41 countries, which includes the United States, agreed to broaden its list of dual-use controls to include certain cybersecurity items. The new items added to...more

"Agencies Propose Expanding US Export Controls on Cameras, Night Vision Equipment and Sensing Technology"

On May 5, 2015, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) proposed extensive revisions to the current U.S. export...more

Show me the money! – New rules on disclosing invoice payment practices

The Government has confirmed it intends to require large publicly-traded companies to publish extensive details on their practices and policies for paying invoices....more

Restrictions Eased for Communications-Related Items Exported to Sudan

On February 18, 2015, in a coordinated action, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced and implemented changes to the...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #4

ICE Futures Fined US $3 Million by CFTC for Reporting Errors and Untimely Response to Inquiries - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined ICE Futures U.S., Inc. US $3 million last week for filing allegedly...more

New Authorizations to Export Personal Communications Items and Services to Sudan

On February 18, 2015 the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published changes to the Export Administration Regulation (“EAR”) and...more

U.S. Government Agency Narrows Scope of Crude Oil Export Ban

On December 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued answers to six FAQs regarding the longstanding U.S. crude export oil ban. In these FAQs, BIS stated that lease condensate...more

U.S. Sanctions Update

Recent actions by the U.S. Congress and several executive branch agencies have resulted in changes to sanctions related to various countries and regions, including Cuba, North Korea, Crimea, and Venezuela....more

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