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OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations Focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December...more

Cuba Regulations Change – Round 1

In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes...more

Treasury and Commerce loosen Cuba embargo

In implementation of the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014, the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31...more

Major Changes to Cuban Assets Control and Export Regulations Create New Opportunities for Trade

Action Item: On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration...more

Partial Relaxation of Cuban Sanctions: New Regulations Issued

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce have released new regulations that loosen restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba....more

Change Your Entire Energy Export Policy Using This One Weird Trick! BIS “Clarifies” Short Supply Controls to Make Oil Exporting...

On December 30 the Commerce Department shifted the oil export landscape as it had existed for 40 years, with only a little administrative sleight-of-hand. ...more

Alert: Mandatory Reporting Requirement Regarding Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

Under a new rule, US business enterprises are required to report certain types of foreign direct investment in the United States to the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis ("BEA"). Reporting is accomplished...more

Commerce Issues Guidance Regarding Restrictions on Crude Oil Exports

On December 30, 2014, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued long-awaited frequently asked questions (FAQs) and related answers in an attempt to provide guidance on restrictions on crude oil...more

Commerce Department Issues New Guidance on Technical Crude Export Issues

Action Item: New policy guidance in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” was published by the Commerce Department on December 20, 2014, with regard to crude oil export controls. Stakeholders interested in crude oil...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2015

Congress Passes Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act - The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act was included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus FY 2015 spending bill signed into law by...more

BIS Addresses 'Commingling' in Crude Oil Exports

On December 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued its first-ever published guidance on the Short Supply Controls, the regulations that limit the export of crude oil out of...more

Solar Installer Alert: Commerce Issues Cash Deposit Instructions to Customs in Taiwan CSPV Products Antidumping Case

On Monday, December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through its U.S. International Trade Administration or “ITA”) issued instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (U.S. Customs) for collecting cash deposits...more

Department of Commerce Proposes New Solar Tariff on Chinese Panels

On January 2, 2015, the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) announced its preliminary decision regarding Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled into Modules, from the People’s Republic of China (“Chinese...more

Commerce Department Clarifies Rules on Exports of Lease Condensate

On December 30, 2014, the Commerce Department issued new Frequently Asked Questions on exports of “Crude Oil and Petroleum Products,” the responses to which make it clear that certain types of lease condensate are eligible,...more

Department of Commerce Reaches Affirmative Determinations on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from China and...

On December 16, 2014, the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) reached affirmative final antidumping determinations relating to Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from the People’s Republic of China (“China”) and...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Final Tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese Solar Products

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (“solar...more

Mandatory Reporting of Foreign Direct Investments in the U.S.

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has reinstated the mandatory reporting requirements of the BE–13, Survey of New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, which was discontinued in 2009 due...more

Drop Your Weapons: The United States Restricts Military Exports to Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.” ...more

What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud: BIS reinforces export control insulation for cloud-based computing and processing

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a redacted Advisory Opinion dated November 13, 2014 that confirms for cloud-based software vendors (or Software as a Service providers)...more

Trade & Manufacturing - November 2014

In This Issue: - American Firms Celebrated on National Manufacturing Day - Supreme Court Denies Petitions For Writs Of Certiorari In CDSOA Furniture Cases - News Of Note ..United States Announces...more

Texas Condensate to Be Exported Without Prior Approval, Testing Federal Limits

On November 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that Australian-based BHP Billiton Ltd. would begin exports from the United States of lightly refined natural gas condensates produced in the United States. In contrast to...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - November 2014

United States Announces Settlements Of WTO Disputes With Brazil and Indonesia - In October, the United States settled two long-running disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO) – one with Brazil over cotton...more

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

Minnesota Can Reliably Integrate 40% Renewables According to DOC Transmission Study

Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued its highly anticipated Minnesota Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Study, which indicated that the “capacity for adding additional wind and solar up to 40% by...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection...more

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