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U.S. Lifts Some Iran Sanctions, But Robust Restrictions Remain

U.S. trade relations with Iran took a significant turn on Saturday, January 16, 2016, with the dawning of Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA"), in furtherance of which the U.S. took, or is...more

U.S. Government Licenses Certain Iran-Related Transactions Conducted by Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had carried out its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), triggering reciprocal obligations by the United...more

“Implementation Day” Arrives, Triggering Relaxation of US Sanctions against Iran

The impact of Implementation Day will vary depending on whether you are a US Person, a US-owned or controlled Foreign Entity, or a Foreign Person with no US nexus—what’s your status? ...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

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference

On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial Conference, which typically is held every two years, is a meeting of the decision-making body of...more

False Marking Alert: Could International Product Sales, Shipments, Or Manufacturing Land You In Prison?

Do you manufacture, ship, or sell products abroad that contain the ® trademark registration symbol on the products, labels, or packaging? If so, did you know that you may face criminal liability, imprisonment, fines, seizure...more

Argentina Lifts its Currency Exchange, Exports, and Imports Restrictions

Mr. Mauricio Macri was sworn-in as President of Argentina on December 10, 2015. Four business days after taking office, Mr. Alfonso Prat-Gay, the new Minister of Finance, announced the fulfilment of the campaign promise to...more

New OFAC General License Will Facilitate Trade with Burma

A new general license issued by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will make it easier to transport goods between the United States and Burma....more

Export-Import Bank of the United States Open for New Business Again

On December 4, 2015 President Obama signed legislation reauthorizing the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“US Ex-Im Bank”) through 2019. The reauthorization is part of a 5 year, US$305 billion...more

You Can Check Out Anytime You Want, But You Can Never Leave: FDA Import Detentions and Recommendations to Minimize Delays

In The Eagles’ song, “Hotel California,” Don Henley sings, “You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.” Life science companies can try to import all they want, but that doesn’t mean the products will make it...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

EPA Proposes Revisions to Hazardous Waste Import-Export Rules

On October 19, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant modifications to rules governing the export and import of hazardous waste. The proposal would affect transboundary shipments...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2015

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban - On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican...more

Pacific Rim Countries Reach Historic Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, But Will Congress Approve It?

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries announced, on October 5, 2015, that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would arguably be the largest free trade agreement...more

SENER Publishes Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market Protocols

In a major step toward the implementation of a modern and competitive wholesale electricity market in Mexico (the "Wholesale Market"), on September 8, 2015 the Secretaría de Energía ("SENER") published the first set of...more

Trading with Cuba: Too soon to mix up the Cuba Libres?

Now that the Obama administration has loosened its restrictions on Cuba, you’re ready to sell your widgets to a Havana factory, right? Not so fast! Although you may be able to do some things in or with Cuba that you couldn’t...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

Insurance Chain Reaction from the Tianjin Port Explosion

The recent Tianjin port explosion, like the 2011 Japanese earthquake and Thai floods, will lead to massive supply chain disruption. The impacted area included a high concentration of multinational and technology companies....more

EPA Proposes Changes To RCRA Hazardous Waste Export And Import Regulations

Prompted by a 2013 Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) report on hazardous waste exports from the U.S. and changes to the 2001 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Council Decision for...more

Shrinking Sanctions: New Changes Allow U.S. Companies to Establish Cuban Business Presence

Policy changes announced by the Obama administration on September 18 will allow U.S. food and agriculture companies, U.S. telecommunications companies and U.S. building material supplier companies to establish a business...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

CBP Updates Timeline for Mandatory Use of ACE

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recently released an updated timeline for the mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”). Customs has been working with partner government agencies and the trade...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Vietnam (Updated)

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

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