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US lifts remaining sanctions on Burma

On October 7, 2016, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the termination of all remaining financial and trade sanctions against Burma (aka Myanmar). The removal of sanctions followed...more

It’s All About Compliance

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which come up routinely with import and export transactions. These articles/tips are published with the intention to provide...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...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

Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding...more

New Zealand Government Adopts Asbestos Import and Export Prohibition Order

By: Marina Stinely The New Zealand Government adopted an Imports and Exports Prohibition Order for 2016 on Asbestos-containing products. The Order was made pursuant to section 3 of the Imports and Exports (Restrictions)...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

Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration

With fewer than 100 days left in office, President Obama is not slowing down on his efforts to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

Landmark Reform of Federal Chemicals Law Will Significantly Impact Chemical Manufacturers and Users

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), a sweeping and historic overhaul of our nation’s primary chemical management law, the...more

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition Process Goes Live - Potential for up to $500,000 in duty relief per product

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has begun accepting petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (“the Act”). The Act...more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

Two New TTB Rulings Issued on General Use Formulas

On September 29, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) issued two new Rulings announcing the creation “general use formulas” for certain distilled spirits and agricultural wines. These general use formulas permit the...more

ITC Votes to Impose Duties on Steel Imports

In September, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made affirmative determinations that imports of cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel flat products from several countries injure or threaten to injure U.S. producers of...more

It’s All About Compliance

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which arise routinely with import and export transactions. These tips are published with the intention to aid international traders in...more

Interim Regulations Issued on Investigations of Evasion of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties

The anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws provide companies that manufacture products in the United States with a remedy for the injury caused by imports of products that are dumped (i.e., sold at unfairly low...more

New Public Procurement Restrictions

On 15 September 2016, the President of Azerbaijan signed a new Decree “On Additional Measures on Increasing the Efficiency of Executive Authorities and Organizations Funded from the State Budget” (the “New Decree”), which set...more

Lumber War May Be Imminent

Negotiations to keep the peace in the complex and long-running international trade dispute between the United States and Canada over U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber appear to have stalled. Parties on both sides of...more

Deadlines to Request Duty Savings Fast Approaching! ITC to Kick-Off New MTB Process in October

Earlier this year, a new law revived the process for suspending tariffs on various products imported into the United States – known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill or MTB. The key change is moving from a legislative process...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

Decision: A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the food safety rules of the WTO Agreement on the...more

NBU amended the currency legislation (Ukrainian)

Continuation of the currency market liberalization - Within the framework of its gradual liberalization policy the National Bank of Ukraine ("NBU") introduced certain changes to the applicable currency legislation. The...more

NBU amended the currency legislation

Continuation of the currency market liberalization - Within the framework of its gradual liberalization policy the National Bank of Ukraine ("NBU") introduced certain changes to the applicable currency legislation. The...more

Some Foreign Activities Can Result in Liability for Patent Infringement Under US Patent Law

It is generally known that one who manufactures, uses, sells or offers to sell a product in the US or that practices a process in the US that is covered by one or more claims of a US patent is liable for patent infringement...more

International Trade Commission Launched New Import Monitoring Tool

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) recently announced the launching of a new Import Monitoring Tool that will allow the public to monitor changes in U.S. imports. The Monitoring Tool was developed as mandated...more

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