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Minerals Matter - Autumn 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. Whilst the economic picture has certainly improved over the last six months, there have been a number of stops and starts along the way. Data suggests further...more

Russia Announces One-Year Ban Against Imports Of Agricultural Products From Western Countries

On August 7, the Russian Federation instituted a ban on the importation of most food products from Australia, the United States, the European Union, and Norway. The suspension of imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2014

In This Issue: - Natural Gas Imports into China – Prospects for Growth - Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Her Majesty's Attorney General for Gibraltar: A rare look at the FIDIC form of contract - D.C. Circuit...more

Russia imposes sanctions against the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway

On 6 August Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, signed a decree calling for a ban or limit on imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in the countries that have imposed economic...more

Russia Bans the Import of Certain Agricultural and Food Products from the US, EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway

In response to the recent round of sanctions and export restrictions imposed on Russia, Russian Federation President Putin signed a decree on 6 August 20141 (the “Decree”) effectively banning or limiting for a period of one...more

New EU sanctions in relation to Ukraine

On July 18, 2014, the European Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 783/20141 which expanded the scope of individuals, entities and bodies who could be added to the list of sanctions targets. Those materially or financially...more

EU And US Impose Coordinated Sanctions Against Russia

Following an intense week of diplomatic negotiations, on July 29, the European Union and United States jointly announced a new round of economic sanctions targeting certain sectors of the Russian economy. The development...more

EU updates sanctions against Libya and Syria, and introduces import ban for Crimean products

The EU Council on 23 June 2014 took several sanctions-related actions,1 all effective on 24 or 25 June 2014, including: • the introduction of an EU import ban for products from Crimea and Sevastopol (and related...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014 (#2)

In This Issue: - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...more

International Trade: Easing The Iran Sanctions - What Is In It For You?

On Sunday 24 November, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the member-states of the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) struck an historic deal providing Iran with approximately $7 billion in...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - September 2013

In This Issue: - Update On TPP Negotiations - U.S. & China Conclude Fifth Meeting Of Strategic & Economic Dialogue - USTR Rejects Import Ban On Apple Inc. Products - News Of Note ..Gilbert Kaplan In New...more

EU/China Solar Settlement Becomes Effective

A settlement between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government on the import of photovoltaic solar cells to the EU became effective on August 6, 2013. The settlement resolves a US $27 billion dumping and subsidy...more

European Union Requests Consultations in First WTO Case Against Russia

On 9 July 2013, the European Union (EU) formally challenged Russia on its recycling fee for imported vehicles by requesting consultations under the WTO dispute settlement system. This is the first WTO dispute initiated...more

News from Abroad: Court of Appeal Refers Questions on Specific Mechanism to Court of Justice of European Union

Merck Canada Inc and Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc - Prior to their accession to the European Patent Convention, several states did not allow patent protection for pharmaceutical products. To...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Recast MCC/UCC developments *TARIFFS - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - GSP Regime Developments - Commission amends list of biological or...more

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: The Race for Riches in U.S.–EU Trade Begins with a Mandate from the European Commission

Agreements to free up the flow of trade between countries or regions are aimed to increase economic activity and wealth on both sides. The EU and United States, however, already make up 40% of global economic output and the...more

EU Customs Practice Group - December 2012

In This Issue: EU CUSTOMS POLICY: - MCC recast/UCC - 2012 revision of the Electronic Customs Multi-Annual Strategic Plan - Council Conclusions on the Progress on the Strategy for the Evolution of the...more

Trade Disputes With Argentina Lead To U.S., E.U., Japanese Request For WTO Panel By T. Augustine Lo

On December 6, 2012, the United States, the European Union, and Japan formally requested the establishment of a WTO panel to resolve their simmering trade disputes with Argentina. According to Ambassador Ron Kirk, the U.S....more

Three-Year Deadline for Recovery of Invalid Anti-Dumping Duties

The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in CIVAD (C-533/10, 14 June 2012) reminds all importers that even if the Court declares an anti-dumping duty or countervailing duty invalid, an importer will not be...more

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