Trade Agreements

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Evaluating the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On February 4, 2016, the Parties to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) signed the Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, marking the formal conclusion of their negotiations. The TPP is one of the largest and most ambitious...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2016

USTR Issues 2016 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers - The National Trade Estimate (NTE) of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) provides a yearly account of the state of...more

Brexit Insights - Setting the Scene

At present, the only thing that appears certain about Brexit is the uncertainty that it poses for UK and EU businesses. The referendum on the 23rd June will determine whether the UK should remain part of the EU or...more

[Webinar] The LMIA Process and Taking Advantage of CETA - Meritas Capability Webinar - May 11th, 10:00am U.S. CDT

The Government of Canada and the European Union will soon implement CETA, a free trade agreement allowing Canadian businesses to accelerate the trade of their goods, services and labour....more

New Balance Takes a Run at Trans-Pacific Partnership to Protect Investment in “Made in USA” Branding

Massachusetts-based New Balance has long made “Made in the USA” a cornerstone claim for their athletic wear. The graphic below, from the company’s website, explains exactly what New Balance means by “Made in the USA” – but...more

EU Customs Developments - March 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 15 March 2016, the European Commission published the so-called Union Customs Code (UCC) Transitional Delegated Act, which lays down the transitional...more

Public Health Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

In a letter sent to members of Congress earlier this month, 58 public health organizations urged Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in its current form, stating that the coalition was "alarmed by the...more

Commerce at its Best – A True Export Promotion Tool for U.S. Exporters

Trade Agreements are political hot potatoes, which as a trade attorney I always find interesting. The presidential candidates have been debating the pros and cons of trade agreements for years from a 60,000 foot level. Is the...more

Canada Asks for Public Comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On February 3, 2016, Canada and the United States, along with ten other Pacific Rim countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, referred to as “the largest, most ambitious free trade initiative in...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

Brexit: What are the implications for tax law?

The precise impact of a Brexit on UK tax law is not possible to determine without knowing the terms of the exit negotiated by the UK with the EU and future government decisions. There are various ways the relationship between...more

US Customs Bill Addresses Trade Remedy Enforcement, IPR Protection and US Trade Agreements

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act ("the Act"), which covers, inter alia, US trade remedy law enforcement, intellectual property rights (IPR) protection by...more

Softwood Lumber, Construction and Building Products Companies in Limbo as U.S. and Canada Attempt to Resolve New Softwood Lumber...

Softwood lumber producers, remanufacturers, construction, building products companies, importers and shippers are waiting to see whether the United States and Canada can work towards heading off another softwood lumber trade...more

Brexit: What does it mean for companies doing business in the UK?

The fate of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union hangs in the balance. 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...more

BREXIT? Are You Prepared?

Late on Friday night in Brussels, European leaders agreed on a package they hope will keep the United Kingdom as part of the EU. The British people will now be asked whether they want to stay in the EU or leave, in a...more

Manufacturing Matters - Winter 2016

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. British manufacturers...more

U.S. DOE Disclaims Jurisdiction Over Canadian Gas and Authorizes LNG Exports to Non-FTA Nations From Bear Head LNG Project

On February 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (“DOE/FE”) issued two orders to Bear Head LNG Corporation and Bear Head LNG (USA), LLC (together, “Bear Head LNG”), formally announcing DOE’s...more

EU Customs Developments: December 2015

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments – Key Provisions Published - On 29 December 2015, the Implementing and Delegated Acts for the Union Customs Code (UCC) were published in the EU’s Official Journal...more

How prepared is industry for the possibility of a Brexit?

The next structural issue facing the European Union - White & Case commissioned independent research to capture views on how senior in-house legal decision makers and senior managers viewed the possibility of a Brexit...more

Trade Agreements Act Updates for 2016 – New Year, Lower Thresholds

Every two years, the U.S. Trade Representative updates the dollar values at which certain international trade agreements apply to certain types of U.S. government contracts. This means that certain contracts over the dollar...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Landmark new commitments on government procurement

TPP general summary - The legal text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released to the public on November 5, 2015. After seven years of negotiations, Canada and 11 Pacific Rim countries, representing 40 percent...more

(Un)COOL: How Congress (Unsuccessfully) Made Sausage Labeling Laws

Crises averted in international trade usually make good economics, but unsatisfying politics. They’re a half-loaf of success in which positioning, inertia and self-interest usually win. So it is with the recent repeal of meat...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

Legal Trends: International Trade

The TPP is an ambitious economic and free trade agreement between Canada and 11 other countries — including the United States, Australia and Japan — who represent one-third of all international trade and over 775 million...more

December 2015: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Investor-State Dispute Settlement. On October 4, 2015, the long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) was concluded. The TPP is a free trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim nations,...more

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