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Cross-Border Transfers Of Personal Data In Light Of GDPR

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. This give companies only two months to prepare for and comply with the GDPR. Companies should be conducting data mapping to identify...more

First Anniversary Of The Trade Facilitation Agreement

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) marked its first anniversary last week. The TFA entered into force on February 22, 2017 when the World Trade Organization (WTO) obtained the required two-thirds acceptance from its...more

Temporary Fix: President Trump Extends The Iran Nuclear Deal

On January 12, 2018, President Trump issued a statement announcing that he will approve certain sanctions waivers necessary in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. At the same time, he called on the U.S.’s European allies...more

Shenzhen Creating One Arbitration Center

In an attempt to become a modern hub in Southern China for domestic and international arbitration, the Government of Shenzhen announced at the end of December 2017 that it was combining two arbitration centers. The previous...more

Chemical Duties: Federal Circuit Affirms Decision Of U.S. Court Of International Trade

In a customs classification case, Chemtall, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) ruling that the vinyl polymer acrylamide tertiary butyl...more

E.U. Financial Leaders Respond To The Proposed U.S. Tax Plan

Some of the most important trade partners of the U.S. are raising concerns about the proposed U.S. plan to overhaul its tax code. The finance ministers of Europe’s five largest economies voiced concerns about the tax plan in...more

12/13/2017  /  EU , Excise Tax , Tax Reform , WTO

Enhanced Sanctions On Russia’s Energy Sector

In consultation with the Department of State and pursuant to Executive Order 13662, the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has updated Directive 4, which will expand sanctions on the Russian energy...more

Trump Nominates Commissioners To The International Trade Commission

President Donald Trump announced his nomination of two Commissioners to the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) on September 28, 2017. The two nominees are Dennis M. Devaney and Randolph J. Stayin. If...more

U.S. Lifts Sudan Sanctions

On October 12, 2017, the United States lifted its general commercial embargo on Sudan. Because Sudan has played a role in international terrorism, the U.S. has maintained a comprehensive embargo against Sudan since 1997....more

U.S. Investigation Of Steel Flanges From China And India

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Commerce began its preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930. The Department of Commerce is looking into whether the imports...more

OFAC Settles Iran Sanctions Claims

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced a $415,350 settlement agreement with COSL Singapore Ltd. (“COSL”). The parties settled a potential civil liability claim...more

Renegotiation Of NAFTA Can Start This Week

President Trump can officially begin renegotiating NAFTA today, August 16th. The negotiation process can only start 90 days after President Trump officially notified Congress of this intention, which took place on May 18th....more

New Sanctions Despite Iran’s Compliance With The JCPOA

Last week the Trump administration announced new Iran-related sanctions imposed against 18 Iranian entities and individuals. The sanctions are the administration’s response to Iran’s ballistic missile program and...more

Senate Votes In Favor Of Russia Sanctions

On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to impose additional sanctions on Russia. The bill passed by an overwhelming majority, 98-2, with only Senator Rand Paul and Senator Bernie Sanders voting against it. ...more

6/19/2017  /  NATO , Russia , Sanctions , Trump Administration

Imposing New Russian Sanctions

On Monday, U.S. senators reached an agreement regarding imposing new sanctions against Russia. The agreement will be filed as an amendment to a larger Iran sanctions bill that is nearing passage in the Senate....more

Sanctions Penalty Reviewed By The D.C. Circuit Reversing $4M Penalty

Last week, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (“OFAC”) wide latitude to impose Iran sanctions, but it set aside a $4.07 million penalty against car accessory seller...more

5/30/2017  /  Exports , Iran Sanctions , OFAC , Sanctions

Senate Confirms New US Trade Representative

The Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the US Trade Representative (USTR) on Thursday. The USTR is a Cabinet position, and thus Lighthizer will now serve as President Trump’s top trade negotiator....more

OFAC Sanctions 271 Syrian Individuals

On Monday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) leveled one of the largest sanctions actions in OFAC’s history. OFAC sanctioned 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and...more

4/26/2017  /  OFAC , Sanctions , Syria

OFAC Updates the Specially Designated Nationals List

Today the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) updated its Specially Designated Nationals List (“SDN List”). OFAC frequently updates the SDN List to add or remove names as necessary and appropriate....more

4/14/2017  /  OFAC , Sanctions , SDN List
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