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Trading with Cuba: Too soon to mix up the Cuba Libres?

Now that the Obama administration has loosened its restrictions on Cuba, you’re ready to sell your widgets to a Havana factory, right? Not so fast! Although you may be able to do some things in or with Cuba that you couldn’t...more

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican majority, with three Democrats adding their...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

Insurance Chain Reaction from the Tianjin Port Explosion

The recent Tianjin port explosion, like the 2011 Japanese earthquake and Thai floods, will lead to massive supply chain disruption. The impacted area included a high concentration of multinational and technology companies....more

EPA Proposes Changes To RCRA Hazardous Waste Export And Import Regulations

Prompted by a 2013 Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) report on hazardous waste exports from the U.S. and changes to the 2001 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Council Decision for...more

Colombian Companies Face New Compliance Challenges as Nation Ascends to World Economic Stage

When OFAC added Colombian sports franchise Envigado Fútbol Club to its sanctions list in June 2014, the news conjured up echoes of past dark days of “narco fútbol,” when the tentacles of organized crime touched the country’s...more

Shrinking Sanctions: New Changes Allow U.S. Companies to Establish Cuban Business Presence

Policy changes announced by the Obama administration on September 18 will allow U.S. food and agriculture companies, U.S. telecommunications companies and U.S. building material supplier companies to establish a business...more

US revises Cuba sanctions regulations to further normalize trade with Cuba

On September 18, 2015, the US Department of Treasury and US Department of Commerce released significant revisions to the US embargo on Cuba, as set out in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

CBP Updates Timeline for Mandatory Use of ACE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recently released an updated timeline for the mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”). Customs has been working with partner government agencies and the trade...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Vietnam (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

Push to lift ban on crude oil exports gains momentum in Congress

Proponents of lifting the US ban on crude oil exports have made significant progress in recent weeks. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill today to lift the decades-long statutory prohibition. This follows...more

Manufacturing Outlook - July 2015 - 2015 Q3

Welcome to the 2015q3 Manufacturing Outlook report in partnership with DLA Piper. It has been an eventful summer in the world economy; while not quite four seasons in one day, we’ve seen the future of the eurozone on the...more

International Trade Alert: Iranian sanctions and a new Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation

Under the terms of the agreement, EU and US sanctions relief will be provided through the suspension and eventual termination of sanctions measures, beginning only if and when the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies...more

The Iran Sanctions Program: Is There Relief in Sight for Re/Insurers Under The Iran Nuclear Agreement?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers complex and comprehensive trade and financial sanctions against the Government of Iran. The Iran sanctions prohibit virtually all...more

Trade & Manufacturing - September 2015

United States Prevails In Enforcement Dispute With China Over Grain Oriented Electrical Steel - On July 31, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a ruling in favor of the United States in a dispute over China's...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement – Mixed Bag for U.S. Exporters

The Iran Nuclear Agreement provides certain opportunities for U.S. firms, but these are not as significant as many U.S. business executives had hoped. The following are highlights of the most important provisions of the Iran...more

In the Wake of Trade Agenda Momentum, TPP Negotiations Continue

The United States made significant headway with the Administration's trade agenda in the summer of 2015. With the passage of Trade Promotion Authority, Congress has agreed to ensure trade agreements negotiated by the...more

The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Companies...more

State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Made to EAR Regarding Cuba

Amendment triggers change in EAR de minimis level for controlled US-origin content in foreign made products. On April 14, US President Barack Obama submitted to Congress the statutorily required report indicating the...more

United States Prevails In Enforcement Dispute With China Over Grain Oriented Electrical Steel

On July 31, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a ruling in favor of the United States in a dispute over China's compliance with the prior recommendations and rulings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) regarding...more

No Lost Profits for Extraterritorial Lost Contracts - WesternGeco L.L.C. v. ION Geophysical Corp.

Addressing whether a patentee could recover lost profits for foreign uses of a product manufactured domestically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s lost profits award, holding...more

EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

Attention Exporters: C-TPAT Web Portal Updated Adding Exporter Application

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program is a voluntary government program through which importers and exporters can agree to implement and maintain a set of predetermined supply chain...more

Congressional Decision Looms on U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

For those in the manufacturing community, one of the significant events of the summer was when Congress allowed the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to lapse. The main goal of the bank is to...more

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