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President Trump Announces Section 301 Tariffs on China: What We Know So Far

On March 22, 2018, President Trump directed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to implement tariffs on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese products. The tariffs are a result of the USTR Section 301...more

Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exemptions – What You Need to Know

Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum come into effect this week. Here are the basic facts. What tariffs are being imposed? A 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports....more

U.S. Exporters – Don’t Forget the U.S. Commercial Service

If you are an exporter, you know that finding legitimate international buyers able to pay for your products can be one of the more challenging aspects of doing business. One underutilized strategy for expanding your...more

Trade Watch: What We Learned in 2017 and What It Means for Business

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys introduced a trade watch series in 2017 that addressed how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how you can prepare your...more

New Sanctions Imposed For Human Rights Abuses and Corruption – a Harbinger For Business in 2018?

On December 21, the U.S. Treasury Department announced the implementation of a new global sanctions regime under the Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (the “Global Magnitsky Act”). President Trump issued an Executive...more

Iran Sanctions Update: No Change for Companies as Pressure Shifts Back to President Trump as Key Deadline Passes

On December 12, a key deadline passed for Congress to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran, shifting the pressure back to the executive branch and setting new deadlines that will be critical to the fate of the...more

Best Practices for Compliance with North Korea OFAC Sanctions

As we discussed further at length, the U.S. and nations around the world have recently sought to implement and impose harsh economic sanctions programs against North Korea to pressure Pyongyang into ceasing its development...more

Sweeping Implications for CFIUS Reform: Bipartisan FIRRMA Legislation Gains Traction

As President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 9 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, he surprised many by giving China "great credit" for "taking advantage of" the United States on key...more

Cuba Sanctions Guidance: November 2017 Update

On November 9, 2017, changes to the United States' Cuba Sanctions program went into effect, as the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and...more

Cuba Policy Shift Stalls as Businesses Await OFAC Implementation

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba. The Memorandum outlined a framework for agencies such as the Treasury...more

Sudan Sanctions Revocation Formalized, But Compliance Challenges Remain

On October 12, 2017, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revoked certain parts of its economic sanctions regime with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan. OFAC issued a General License...more

Iran Speech Shifts Pressure to Congress, But Changes Little for U.S. Businesses

President Trump’s October 13 speech denounced Iran’s “fanatical regime” as a “menace,” and threatened to terminate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama and formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

As “Significant Conceptual Gaps” Persist, NAFTA Talks Extended to 2018

On October 17, 2017, trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico wrapped up the fourth round of negotiations concerning the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington D.C. The latest round...more

Your Foreign Business Partners Must Choose – Do Business with the U.S. or North Korea

On Thursday September 21st, President Trump signed Executive Order 13810 Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea (” the E.O.” or “E.O. 13810”). E.O. 13810 significantly expands the U.S. Treasury...more

President Trump Blocks Foreign Acquisition by Chinese Firm: Isolated Case or Harbinger of Increased CFIUS Scrutiny?

On September 13, President Trump blocked the $1.3 billion acquisition of U.S. microchip manufacturer Lattice Semiconductor Corp. ("Lattice") by Chinese private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. ("Canyon...more

New Sanctions Law: Congress Seeks to Limit President Trump’s Ability to Modify U.S. Policy Toward Russia

On August 2nd, President Trump signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (H.R. 3364), which gives the President the power to solely waive or terminate sanctions against Russia if Congress...more

OFAC Fines American Honda for Foreign Subsidiary’s Business with Cuba

American Honda Finance Corporation (American Honda) has settled with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) over potential civil liability for 13 violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), which that...more

Update on NAFTA Negotiations

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

OFAC Imposing Penalties on Non-U.S. Companies

A recent OFAC enforcement case illustrates that even non-U.S. companies that do business with sanctioned jurisdictions under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) face significant risks...more

8/7/2017  /  Economic Sanctions , Exports , OFAC

Should Businesses Worry About Changes To Recent Trade Programs?

Wow. Trade issues had barely been addressed during the Obama Administration. Now in the last 6 months there has been a flurry of government activity. We have seen: 1. Continual increase in restricted parties added under...more

DOJ Releases Useful Corporate Compliance Resource

The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “Compliance Manual”) which offers guidance on the common questions contemplated by...more

Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy...more

OFAC Enforcement Trends in the Health Care, Agriculture and Tech Industries

The United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. governmental agency tasked with administering and enforcing economic sanctions against hostile targets in furtherance of U.S....more

OFAC’s Broad Latitude To Impose Iran Sanctions Affirmed by D.C. Circuit

A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal’s panel recently issued a key opinion affirming the U.S. Treasury Department’s broad ability to enforce sanctions regulations through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). While the...more

6/19/2017  /  Exports , Iran , Iran Sanctions , ITSR , OFAC

Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

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