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Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

President to Remove Cuba’s Terrorism Designation: Most Sanctions Remain in Effect

On April 14, President Obama notified Congress of his intent to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SSOT), issued in March 1982, saying the Cuban government “has not provided any support for...more

Cuba Sanctions: 10 Important Changes

Ten key changes to US sanctions and export regulations for Cuba. On January 15, 2015, the Departments of the Treasury and Commerce revised the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration...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

Sanctions Update: Continuing Implementation of US Embargo of Crimea Region

New US rules define scope of prohibitions and authorized activities, as Crimea region remains subject to broad US embargo and EU trade and investment restrictions. On January 29 and 30, 2015, the US Department of...more

Shifting Course: Expanding the Scope of Permissible Cuba Transactions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has issued its first set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) to begin implementing a major policy shift in United States–Cuba...more

U.S. Government Implements Cuba Policy Changes

On January 16, 2015, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”), and the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce (“BIS”), each published regulations implementing the...more

Major Changes to Cuban Assets Control and Export Regulations Create New Opportunities for Trade

Action Item: On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration...more

The Obama Administration Revises the Cuba Sanctions Regulations to Expand Trade Opportunities While Certain Law Makers Question...

On January 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) released important updates to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”). The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Implements New Russian Oil and Gas Sanctions

The sanctions directly affect companies involved in Russia's oil and gas industries by imposing new export license requirements....more

Sanctions Update: Ukraine, Crimea and Sevastopol—the Ukrainian Parliament, the EU and the U.S. impose further measures

This Alert follows our previous alerts on the Russia/Ukraine sanctions available on our website. July continued to be a busy time as the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament), the EU and the United States intensified...more

Settlement Highlights Need for Compliance with U.S. Export Control Rules When Sponsoring Foreign Workers

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security recently reached a $115,000 civil settlement agreement with a California-based global technology company on the basis that it violated several export control...more

Tech Company Shares Tech, Makes Self-Disclosure, Pays Penalty

On February 19, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it had reached an agreement with Santa Clara-based Intevac, Inc. to settle allegations that Intevac violated U.S. export regulations governing exports of...more

Export Control Reform Regulations to Become Effective October 15

As described in our April 25, 2013 International Trade & Compliance Advisory, the U.S. government is engaged in a broad export control reform initiative. On October 15, 2013, the first regulatory amendments implementing...more

Global Connection - October 2013: Understand the “EAR”: Making the Transition from the ITAR to the Export Administration...

One of the main reasons for the government’s Export Control Reform initiative (“ECR”) was to ensure that the United States’ comparative advantage in certain technologies against the rest of the global marketplace is...more

What Export Control Reform Means for You: Let Us Cl-EAR Up Changes to the ITAR – Episode I: The Basics – Five Points to Remember...

The first major wave of the much-discussed U.S. Export Control Reform measures will break on October 15, 2013 as the first round of rule changes take effect. While many in the affected industries expect that the October...more

Understanding OFAC’s Newest General License Regarding Personal Communication Services in Iran

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently released General License D regarding the exportation of certain services, software and hardware pertaining to personal communication exchange in Iran....more

Status of Key Aspects of Export Control Reform

On April 16, 2013, the State Department and the Commerce Department published the first set of final rules in the Federal Register to implement the Obama administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative. The State Department...more

U.S. Export Control Reform To Move Wide Array Of Aircraft Parts Off The Munitions List But Still Prohibit Many Of Them From Being...

The U.S. Department of State, in response to the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative, published final rules in the Federal Register on April 16, 2013 moving export control jurisdiction from the State Department to...more

Export Control Reform to Move Wide Array of Aircraft Parts off the Munitions List

The Departments of State and Commerce published final rules in the Federal Register on April 16, 2013, moving export control jurisdiction from the State Department to the Commerce Department for a wide range of aircraft and...more

U.S. Export Control Reforms to Become Effective

The first significant reforms to the U.S. export control regulations in International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) are about to take effect....more

International Trade & Compliance - April 2013

The U.S. State and Commerce Departments have published amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) as a major step in implementing changes to export...more

Is Your Software Transmission Subject to U.S. Export Controls under the EAR?

The release of software may require an export control license from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) under the Export Administration Regulations (the “EAR”). Software delivery has...more

Streamlining the System: More Baby Steps Toward Reducing Export Compliance Burdens

Since 2011, President Barack Obama’s administration has actively pursued export control reform designed to reduce the regulatory burdens on U.S. companies and enhance U.S. national security (as reported here). On March 7,...more

Obama Administration Moves Forward With Export Control Reform

On March 7 and 8, 2013, President Obama took two important steps to further U.S. export control reform. First, the President notified Congress of the proposed transfer of certain items relating to aircraft and gas turbine...more

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