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NAFTA Renegotiation Starting - Companies Doing Business in the United States, Canada, and Mexico Should Take Notice

by Hogan Lovells on

On May 18, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. The...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

What Is The New U.S.-China Trade Deal and How Will It Affect Exporters?

by Baker Donelson on

On May 12, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, announced that the U.S. and China have reached a new trade deal with four components that are supposed to boost U.S. exports and close America’s trade gap with China. The...more

United States and Australia: Comparable Food Safety Systems

by Jones Day on

On April 19, 2017, FDA announced that both the United States and Australia have recognized each other's food safety systems as comparable to each other. This is the third time that the FDA has given this recognition to a...more

Trump Administration Stays the Course on Practical Export/Import Regulatory Reforms

by Baker Donelson on

The Trump Administration has implemented regulatory changes to continue its predecessors’ decade-long efforts to streamline requirements for exporters and importers. One such project, dubbed the International Trade Data...more

Risk Mitigation and Allocation Strategies in Contract Drafting for Terminal Services Agreements

by Dentons on

A terminal services agreement (TSA) is a contract for a mining producer/shipper to warehouse and through-put its product en route to its customers. The following article outlines a number of ways TSAs can be drafted to...more

How Should Businesses Prepare for the Second 100 Days of the Trump Administration?

by Baker Donelson on

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Abril - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de abril destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Propiedad Intelectual, Competencia Económica, Arbitraje...more

Cannabis in Canada - A Changing Legal Landscape: International Trade

Cannabis, similar to any other commodity, is subject to Canada’s customs laws respecting international trade in goods. However, in the case of cannabis, additional rules apply regarding the fact that trade in cannabis is...more

Changes in gas transit regulations

by Dentons on

Customs warehouse regime for extended gas storage by foreign gas traders and introduction of backhaul transactions - Ukraine now allows VAT-free temporary storage for up to 1095 days (3 years) of natural gas by gas traders...more

Something Borrowed, Something New: An Update on Recent Treasury and State Department Actions: Iran, Russia, Syria and the...

by Hogan Lovells on

While much attention has been focused on the Trump Administration's recent actions targeting imports of metals, lumber, and other commodities, the Administration has also steadily ramped up its activities in the trade...more

OMC Autoriza a México a Suspender Beneficios Comerciales a Estados Unidos en la Disputa del Atún

by Holland & Knight LLP on

México es uno de los pocos países a los que se les ha autorizado adoptar medidas de retorsión en contra de los incumplimientos de sus socios comerciales, y que ha hecho uso de esa autorización....more

WTO Authorizes Mexico to Suspend Trade Benefits to U.S. in Tuna Dispute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico is one of the few countries that has been authorized to adopt retaliatory measures against noncompliance of its trading partners' obligations, and it has made use of this authorization....more

Dealing with Violations in Export and Import Transactions

by Williams Mullen on

You are the general counsel or CEO of your company. Your compliance manager comes into your office and tells you that he/she may have discovered an export violation within the company. Or perhaps you have received a directed...more

New Canadian Economic Sanctions Take Effect April 2017

Several changes to Canada’s economic sanctions regime came into effect in April 2017. First, the regulations made under the United Nations Act (UNA) that imposed economic sanctions on Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire have been...more

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

by Dentons on

On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

Exporters Must Comply With Hong Kong Import and Export Controls

by BakerHostetler on

Beginning on April 19, 2017, individuals and companies planning to export to or re- export from Hong Kong will need to obtain certain paperwork prior to shipping. This new rule was published earlier in 2017, by the Department...more

Leak reveals NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives

by Polsinelli on

A recently leaked draft letter from the Acting U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Steven Vaughn, which would notify Congress of the Administration’s intent to request renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

President Trump Issues Two Executive Orders on Trade and Customs Enforcement, and Trade Deficits

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EOs) that address trade. The first EO addresses increased enforcement of U.S. trade and customs laws and specifically calls for plans and strategies to combat the...more

WTO Panel Decision: EU – Poultry Meat (China)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a challenge by China to the EU's modification of its tariff schedule for goods. Significance of Decision: This important decision provides new clarity on the...more

The Parable of the Wizard and NAFTA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

“Say hi to Wizard Bernie while you’re down there,” he yelled at the falling figure. There once was a very powerful wizard who, quite late in his life, cast the Spell of the MAGA, which allowed him to become the ruler of...more

Potential Options for U.S. Sanctions on Iran Under the Trump Administration

by Jones Day on

In response to reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test launch in February 2017, a former senior U.S. government official announced—and President Trump later echoed over Twitter—that the United States is...more

New Documentary Requirements Issued for Hong Kong Exports and Reexports

by Morgan Lewis on

Effective April 19, 2017, US exporters intending to export certain controlled items to Hong Kong will need to obtain, prior to shipment, either a copy of a Hong Kong import license or a statement issued by the Hong Kong...more

Amid Uncertain Trade Climate, a Look at Top Imports, Exports With Mexico

Auto companies, computer manufacturers and oil producers are closely watching how the trade relationship evolves between the U.S. and Mexico under President Donald Trump. Their products are among the top U.S. exports to...more

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