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Sweden’s Request to Ban American Lobster in the EU Risks Violating the Rules of the WTO

On February 29, 2016, the Swedish Government requested that the European Union impose a ban on imports of U.S./Canadian live lobster (Homarus americanus). Sweden argued that Homarus americanus is an “alien invasive species”...more

Key legal Brexit issues for retailers

Uncertainty has dominated the reaction of the retail market to Brexit. Whilst most retailers are therefore adopting a "wait and see" approach, there is a general consensus that retailers that import heavily will be most...more

New EU Rules for Medical Devices

After four years of negotiations, European lawmakers agreed on June 15 on a new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). The MDR is the equivalent to the FDA’s CDRH regulations in the United States and essentially specifies...more

Brexit Trade Audit: A Five-Step Guide to Help Determine the Way Forward

Companies doing business in the UK or from the UK should be looking to “future-proof” their operations following the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union. A Brexit audit is one way of determining the possible impact...more

New European Union Rules Provide for the Prohibition of Imports Violating Trade Secrets

On 15 June 2016, new rules for the protection of trade secrets and confidential information1 in the European Union EU were published. The Trade Secrets Directive provides measures against the unlawful acquisition, use, and...more

Brexit and Retail

Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the EU, or exit (a so called “Brexit”). As many readers will be aware, there is no certain answer...more

Agreement Toward Eliminating Tariffs of High-Tech Products to Take Effect July 2016

The European Parliament became the most recent body to ratify an expansion of the expanded World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The deal had previously been committed to and signed by the EU,...more

"Brexit Bites": The impact on trade with and from the UK

This is the seventh in our series of "Brexit Bites" which focuses on Trade and the Movement of Goods & Services. The EU is essentially a common market, as it used to be officially called. Leaving the EU would have an...more

Trade in the balance: Europe's new Union Customs Code

The European Union — the world's largest trader of manufactured goods and services — is adopting a new framework of customs rules, the Union Customs Code (UCC). From cutting-edge California mobile devices and Chinese...more

Action needed: new customs rules have potential severe impact on duties payable

As of May 1, 2016, the Union Customs Code (UCC) will come into effect and will replace the current Community Customs Code. The new UCC brings along significant changes in the customs rules which impact importers in the EU....more

EU Customs Developments - February 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 1 February 2016, the European Commission met representatives of selected EU-level business organisations in the so-called ‘Trade Contact Group’ (TCG) to...more

Highest EU court strikes down vague and ambiguous information requests

Statement of reasons was excessively vague in light of the extent of information requested and the advanced investigation stage. Introduction - On 10 March 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a landmark...more

The European Union Launches Public Consultation on China’s Non-Market Economy Status and the Impact on the Effectiveness of...

A public consultation has been launched by the European Commission in relation to the expiration of certain provisions of China’s Accession Protocol to the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning its status as a non-market...more

The European Commission Approves an Energy Security Package Emphasizing Infrastructure Development and LNG Imports

On 16 February 2016, the European Commission published a Sustainable Energy Security package that aims to minimize natural gas supply disruptions across Europe. In addition to efforts to manage increasing natural gas demand...more

US China Trade War – Dueling US China Antidumping Cases, China’s NME Status, TPP, Aluminum and Congress Failure to let TAAF Fix...

I have been in China for two weeks working on the Solar Cells and Steel Sinks cases. This is an abbreviated February newsletter, which will cover trade and trade policy, including the new trade cases filed in the United...more

Iran Sanctions: What is Prohibited or Licensable for EU Businesses?

Despite the easing of sanctions on Iran on 16 January under the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA), some prohibitions and licensing requirements continue to apply to EU businesses. These are summarised below,...more

LNG in Europe: An Overview of European Import Terminals in 2015

This report focuses on a specific aspect of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply chain: the import facility. LNG import facilities are the final destination of LNG carriers and where LNG is returned to a gaseous state so...more

Preparing for Implementation Day - EU Approves Regulations to Relieve Irananian Sanctions

The EU introduced several new regulations1 on 18 October ('Adoption Day') to prepare to eventually terminate Iranian sanctions measures. Adoption Day marked 90 days after the endorsement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...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

Manufacturing Matters Summer 2015

Welcome to Manufacturing Matters, DLA Piper’s specialist publication providing a round-up of legal news, sector updates and commentary for clients and contacts engaged in the manufacturing sector. The sector has...more

EU Commission Consults Industry on EU Strategy for LNG and Gas Storage

Introduction - On 8 July 2015 the European Commission launched a public consultation on an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage. The consultation is part of the Commission's strategy to explore the...more

Finalized Iran Nuclear Deal Outlines Changes for U.S. and EU Sanctions

On July 14, 2015, negotiators from Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 countries —China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany—announced that they had reached a consensus on the final text of the Joint...more

"Sanctions Relief Under the P5+1 Agreement With Iran: Implications for US, EU and International Business"

Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 23, 2015, to Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 23, 2015, to reflect certain additional information in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. On July 14, 2015,...more

Top 10 Things to Know About the Easing of Sanctions Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Iran sanctions landscape is poised to change in early 2016, but US persons and US companies will see far fewer opportunities than their European counterparts. On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 countries (the United...more

Impact of Iran Accord on International Business - Briefing the "C" Suite on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

On July 14, 2015, the United States, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union (EU) entered into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran after years of difficult negotiations....more

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