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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

ITC Declines to File Petition for Certiorari – CAFC Holding that ITC Does Not Have Jurisdiction over Digital Imports Stands

The deadline has come and gone for the ITC and patentee Align to file petitions for certiorari seeking review by the Supreme Court of the Federal Circuit’s decision in ClearCorrect. On November 10, 2015, a panel of the...more

The Impacts of South Korean Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd. Filing for Court Receivership

South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd. filed for court receivership on Wednesday, August 31st in South Korea after losing the support of its banks, setting the stage for its assets to be frozen as West Coast ports deny access...more

New Import Regulations Signal Increased Enforcement Against Duty Evasion

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued new interim regulations to remedy and penalize evasion of antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) orders. The regulations, which became effective August 22, 2016,...more

New Rebar Anti Dumping Investigation May Carry Major Implications for Canada’s Construction Industry

On August 19, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) initiated an anti-dumping investigation into concrete reinforcing bar (also known as rebar) imported from Belarus, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal and...more

Alberta Government Favours Local Breweries in New Mark Up Regime

Earlier this month, the Alberta government implemented a new subsidy for Alberta-based craft breweries and increased the provincial mark-up on all beer imported into the province. The introduction of the subsidy is part of an...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

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