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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

In the Wake of Trade Agenda Momentum, TPP Negotiations Continue

The United States made significant headway with the Administration's trade agenda in the summer of 2015. With the passage of Trade Promotion Authority, Congress has agreed to ensure trade agreements negotiated by the...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

Attention Exporters: C-TPAT Web Portal Updated Adding Exporter Application

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program is a voluntary government program through which importers and exporters can agree to implement and maintain a set of predetermined supply chain...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

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue

Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers...more

GSP Refunds Clarified

While the oft-rumored Federal Register notice has yet to be seen, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did publish information about obtaining refunds under the now reinstated Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)....more

One Number to Rule Them All: The New Common Business Number Act

On April 30, 2015, Bill 12: the Common Business Number Act (the “Act”) came into force in Alberta. The Act created the authority for Alberta to adopt the Canada Revenue Agency’s (“CRA”) Business Number system (“BN”). The BN...more

WTO Members Agree to Cut Tariffs on IT Products

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that more than 50 of its member countries had agreed to cut tariffs on hundreds of information technology (IT) products, including semiconductors, MRI...more

Does Trade Facilitation Matter in the Fight against Corruption?

Today’s guest post comes from Evelyn Suarez, Principal, The Suarez Firm. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) may seem to be an odd topic for an anti-corruption blog but it is not. It...more

Regional Manufacturing Outlook - July 2015

Manufacturing is important to our national economy in terms of its contribution to the UK’s productivity performance, exports, innovation capacity and employment. It also makes significant contributions to...more

Eliminating Tariffs on Information Technology (IT) Products: Expanded WTO List on the Horizon

On July 24, 2015 the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that negotiators had agreed on a list of products and draft declaration to expand the product scope of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Parties May Adjudicate Contract Disputes Through Application Despite Factual Questions

In a recent decision, Energy Fundamentals Group Inc. v. Veresen Inc. (Veresen), the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that, even where there are factual questions the court must resolve, a contract dispute may be adjudicated...more

Trade Preference Programs Get New Life

On June 29, 2015, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 became Public Law No. 114-27. As a result, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) was extended to December 31, 2017, with retroactive effect to July 31, 2013...more

Export Control Reform Roundup – Overview of Recent Developments

In This Issue: - I. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Controls on Toxicological Agents and Directed Energy Weapons - II. BIS and DDTC Publish Their Respective Proposed “Bookend” Definitions...more

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in Australia: Overview

The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth)(TG Act): - Provides a national framework for the regulation of medicinal products. - Provides a national system to control the quality, safety, efficacy and timely availability...more

WTO Finds That COOL Is Simply Not Cool, and House of Representative Agrees

The most recent chapter in the dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products resulted in a loss for the United States. In a May 18 report, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Appellate...more

New Trade Legislation Extends Key Duty-Free Tariff Programs, Provides Opportunity for Businesses to Recoup Over $1 Billion In...

On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (“the Act”). This legislation extends certain U.S. trade preference programs through which the United States grants duty-free treatment...more

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