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EU Customs Practice Group - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..UCC developments ..Proposed EU Framework for Customs Infringements and Sanctions - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..EU reduces additional...more

California's Utilities Must Lower Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

In a proposed decision issued today from the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that energy storage devices (i) that are paired with net energy metering- (NEM) eligible...more

United States to Participate in New World Trade Organization Trade Negotiation to Lower Tariffs on “Green Goods”

On March 21, the Obama Administration formally notified Congress that it intends to enter into a new plurilateral trade negotiation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. The...more

Value of Solar Goes Live in Minnesota

On Wednesday afternoon, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the methodology for calculating value of solar (VOS) tariffs in Minnesota as developed by the Department of Commerce. According to the statute, the...more

Feed-In Tariffs for Wind Energy Set out by the French Government May Constitute Unlawful State Aid

In February 2009, a claim was filed before the highest French administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) by the association “Vent de Colère” seeking the annulment of a ministerial order dated 17 November 2008 enacting the feed-in...more

EU Customs Practice Group - December 2013

In This Issue: *UCC Developments: - Customs 2020 - Customs Infringements and Sanctions *TARIFFS: - Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas - GSP – New Regime and Practical Guide - GSP –...more

EU GSP – China, Thailand, Ecuador, Maldives losing GSP benefits; GSP Plus list released

The EU’s new Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) regime started to apply on 1 January 2014; recently, some key announcements were made relating to removal of certain GSP beneficiary countries and granting of GSP Plus...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

European Commission Investigates Exemption from Renewable Energy Surcharge for Energy-Intensive Companies in Germany

The European Commission today opened a State aid investigation into the German Renewable Energy Source Act (the EEG), claiming that the EEG may have given unlawful advantages to energy-intensive companies in Germany. These...more

EU Customs Practice Group - November 2013

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Greek Presidency Customs Priorities ..Customs 2020 ..Mutual Assistance – Regulation 515/97 - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..GSP –...more

Corporate Review: November 2013 - Analysis of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: A Call for Revising...

Businesses looking to fully and effectively compete in the global marketplace need to monitor ever-changing trade rules and incorporate these rules into their strategic business plans. Few, if any, major Canadian businesses...more

Recent Changes On The Renewable Energy Sector Introduced Under Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, Of 12 July

Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, of 12 July, adopting urgent measures in order to ensure financial stability of the electricity system (hereinafter, “RD-L 9/2013”) was published in the Official Spanish Gazette (“BOE”) on 13 July...more

EU Customs Practice Group - October 2013

In This Issue: *EU POLICY: - UCC developments *TARIFFS: - Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas - GSP- GSP+ Country List - GSP – Temporary Withdrawal - e-Commerce moratorium - WTO waiver...more

US China Trade War Developments –Trade, False Claims Act, Patents, US/Chinese Antitrust And Securities

On December 3, 2013, former Congressman Don Bonker of APCO and I will be speaking in Vancouver, Canada at a breakfast conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership Demystified: A...more

Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-19 -- Oct 11, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

The Upcoming Shanghai Free Trade Zone: An Update on the National Pilot Project

Following the announcement in July of an ambitious plan to develop mainland China’s first free trade zone in Shanghai, there have been several recent developments relating to the forming and unveiling of the zone. ...more

U.S. Government to Investigate India’s Trade and Investment Restrictions

In response to escalating trade and investment restrictions by the Government of India, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and House Committee on Ways and Means have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to...more

Fifth Circuit Ruling Relies on Filed Rate Doctrine to Dismiss Claims Against Natural Gas Company

In July 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a ruling in which it relied upon the filed rate doctrine to dismiss a claim against a federally regulated natural gas company. In Medco Energi US, LLC v. Sea...more

Free(er?) Trade - US, EU and Canada Quibble Over Market Access and Domestic Preferences

The US is generally pretty keen on international free trade agreements. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, free trade agreements have the ability to open up foreign markets to US goods and services, allowing new and...more

EU Customs Practice Group - July 2013

In This Issue: - EU POLICY: ..Recast MCC/UCC Developments ..Customs 2020 programme endorsed - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..Suspension for Flat Panel Displays ..EU GSP –...more

Business Litigation Report -- July 2013

In This Issue: Main Article: ..“Gray-Market” Goods Now Less Gray Practice Area Notes: ..Trial Practice Update ..Structured Finance Litigation Update ..Russia Litigation Update ..White Collar...more

Bills Renewing GSP and Tariff Suspensions Are Racing Against the Clock

With the end of July approaching, Congress has finally turned some of its attention to addressing overdue international trade matters. However, it may be too late to prevent at least a temporary disruption to importers who...more

How an Exporter Maximizes After-Tax Export Earnings With a "DISC"

Believe it or not, Uncle Sam provides help to exporters on the tax front. The help is in the form of a valuable export tax incentive known as a Domestic International Sales Corporation, or "DISC."...more

M&A in the United States: What Korean Companies Need to Know about CFIUS Review in 2013

On March 15, 2012, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) entered into force. The KORUS FTA, the United States’ most commercially significant free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

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