U.S. Commerce Department Exports

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Make Sure You Address Compliance with Export Controls

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

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

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

Commerce Report Shows Impressive Job Growth Thanks to U.S. Exports

The Commerce Department issued great news for exporters and American workers last week. According to Commerce’s report, Jobs Supported by Export Destination 2015, American jobs supported by U.S. exports to current free trade...more

Second Continuation of General License for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE

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

Call for SME Exporters to Join New Commerce Advisory Council To Ensure Financing Options

The Commerce Department this week announced the establishment of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC), the mission of which will be to advise the Secretary on how the U.S. may support small and medium-sized U.S. business...more

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

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

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

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

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...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...

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

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years

On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of continuation of the relief provided by the orders on polyethylene retail carrier bags from China,...more

Alert: US Issues Temporary License for Exports to Chinese Telecom Company ZTE

Today, March 24, 2016, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a final rule revising the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") and creating a temporary general license lifting certain...more

U.S. Commerce Department Expected to Temporarily Lift Sanctions on Chinese Global Telecommunications Manufacturer ZTE Corporation

On March 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce placed Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) Corporation, ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (ZTE Kangxun), and affiliates Beijing 8-Star International Co. and ZTE...more

WTO Panel in US-Korea Washer Dispute Rejects US Use of Zeroing to Address Targeted Dumping

A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a Korean challenge to anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the United States on certain imported washing machines. This decision marks the first time that a WTO panel has...more

Doing Business With Cuba: New Guidance Posted

As President Obama moves forward to revise policies toward Cuba, opportunities for carriers on the U.S.-route continue to arise. In addition to revisions to relevant FCC regulations, which we’ve covered here and here,...more

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

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

Alert: US Restricts Exports and Reexports to Chinese Telecom Company ZTE

The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") has issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") and imposing trade restrictions against Zhongxing Telecommunications...more

Regulatory Update: Departments Of Treasury And Commerce Issue New Amended Regulations Regarding Cuba Trade And Travel

On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced new amended regulations intended to further...more

House Votes to Lift US Crude Oil Exports Ban

The latest effort to repeal the export ban faces an uncertain future as it heads to the Senate. On October 9, the US House of Representatives voted 261-159 to lift the decades-old ban on US crude oil exports. The bill,...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 revises Cuba sanctions regulations to further normalize trade with Cuba

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

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

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