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U.S.-India Defense Cooperation Taken to the Next Level with Favorable Licensing Policy for Exports to India

On January 27, 2017, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently made two significant changes to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) concerning India that will facilitate the export of...more

ZTE Settlement Highlights Broad Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls to Non-U.S. Companies

On March 7, U.S. authorities settled criminal and civil proceedings involving Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and certain of its affiliates ("ZTE"). ZTE is the largest publicly traded telecommunications...more

Continuation of ZTE General License Until March 29, 2017

On February 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a rule extending for the fourth time the temporary general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

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Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

Demonstration of Compliance with Hong Kong Law Now A Must for U.S. Exporters to Hong Kong

by Baker Donelson on

The Commerce Department’s Bureau for Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a new rule that requires exporters to Hong Kong of items subject to certain controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to obtain...more

DDTC and BIS Request Comments on Additional Proposals for Category XII and Infrared Detection Items

Key Points - - DDTC and BIS are requesting additional comments from companies affected by the recent Category XII ECR changes that went into effect on December 31, 2016. - The notices of inquiry generally...more

United States Imposes Cybersecurity Sanctions on Russia

Key Points - - This action marks the first time sanctions have been imposed under the Cybersecurity Sanctions Program established on April 1, 2015, with the designation of nine entities and individuals. -...more

Make Sure You Address Compliance with Export Controls

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance officers have to avoid professional myopia. The focus of compliance these days has been on anti-corruption, antitrust, and AML, depending on your company’s industry. They fit nicely together under an...more

Continuation of ZTE General License Until February 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is again extending the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and in-country transfers...more

November 15, 2016 Implementation Date for BIS and DDTC Harmonized Destination Control Statements

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

As part of the President's Export Control Reform (E CR) initiative, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a final...more

Update on Life Sciences Exports to Iran and Sudan

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 28, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued its Biennial Report of Licensing Activities Pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000,...more

US Implements Regulation Changes for Encryption Products, Software and Technology

On September 20, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the list of goods, software and technology that are controlled under the...more

With the New Definitions Rules from Commerce and State, Do You Need to Change Your Export Compliance Program? (IRB No. 555)

by Bryan Cave on

The long-awaited definitions rules have finally arrived as part of Export Control Reform. But wait, they’re not all there—the definitions, that is. While Commerce addressed essentially all of the items included in its last...more

Alert: US Government Issues Administrative Subpoena to Huawei Technologies

by Cooley LLP on

According to recent news reports, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a subpoena in April to Huawei Technologies Co. ("Huawei"), one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment...more

Contracting Globally - Part 1: Export Administration Regulations

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The potential for government contractors to grow and become successful outside of the U.S. is tremendous and should not be overlooked by small businesses. The world outside our borders is a critical marketplace that should be...more

New Commerce Department Procedure Available for U.S. Cuba License Holders – It’s a Bit Hard to Find, But if You Need It, You Need...

by Baker Donelson on

We all know that export regulations cannot keep up with reality. Reforms are happening very quickly, especially regarding Cuba. So, here’s a new procedure we just discovered. Perhaps it can help you if you are ever similarity...more

U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Global Telecommunications Manufacturer ZTE Corporation

by Goodwin on

On Tuesday, March 8, the U.S. Department of Commerce placed Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, known as ZTE, on the Entity List, along with affiliates ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd., Beijing 8-Star...more

Commerce Department Puts China Telecom Giant ZTE on Export Blacklist

by Bryan Cave on

On March 8, 2016, a notice appeared in the Federal Register indicating that Chinese telecom giant ZTE, effective immediately, has been placed on the Department of Commerce’s "Entity List." This means that nothing can be...more

License Required for All Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE Corporation as of March 8, 2016

As of March 8, 2016, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE Corporation) will be added to the Entity List published by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This means that no company may export, reexport, or...more

"OFAC and BIS Further Ease Cuba Restrictions"

On September 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended their respective Cuba regulations to...more

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Further Ease Restrictions on Cuba

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. Commerce and Treasury Department measures intended to further ease existing export and sanctions restrictions regarding Cuba took effect on September 21, 2015. These amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations...more

You Want to Export to Cuba? Get Ready, But You Probably Can’t Quite Yet.

by Baker Donelson on

New rules came out on September 21, 2015 from both the Commerce and Treasury Departments. Although for the most part these changes only slightly broaden or clarify pre-existing exceptions to the embargo against Cuba, they...more

US revises Cuba sanctions regulations to further normalize trade with Cuba

by Dentons on

On September 18, 2015, the US Department of Treasury and US Department of Commerce released significant revisions to the US embargo on Cuba, as set out in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export...more

Proposed Amendments Provide Data Security Standard Under ITAR and EAR

by Williams Mullen on

The Commerce and State Departments have issued long-awaited proposed regulations that provide data security standards for use in the transmission and storage of ITAR-controlled and EAR-controlled electronic data. If enacted...more

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