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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

FEMA Extends Temporary Final Rule Restricting Certain Exports of PPE

- On August 10, 2020, FEMA extended the duration of its restrictions on the export of certain shipments of PPE through December 31, 2020. - The August 10 notice narrowed the types of PPE covered by the restrictions to...more

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BIS Announces Virtual 2020 Export Controls Conference

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will be holding a virtual conference on export control policy on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, after its annual in-person conference originally due to be held this summer was...more

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Update On FEMA’s Export Restrictions On Personal Protective Equipment

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On August 6, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) issued a temporary final rule modifying the list of Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) subject to FEMA’s export restrictions and extending the...more

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Export Controls - The Forwarder’s Perspective

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The international forwarding community was not immune from headlines, advisories, and rulemaking dealing with U.S. export controls and economic sanctions in 2020 despite never-ending attention due the global COVID-19...more

Thompson Coburn LLP

Commerce Department formally suspends most export license exceptions for Hong Kong

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On June 30, 2020 the Chinese government passed a national security law for Hong Kong in response to anti-government protests on the previously autonomous island. In the wake of renewed tensions between China and the United...more

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

China and Hong Kong Sanctions & Export Control Round Up: The HKAA, E.O. 13936, Xinjiang sanctions, and Supply Chain Guidance

Over the last month, the United States has taken a variety steps to increase pressure on China in response to the imposition of China’s National Security Law in Hong Kong and alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The...more

Michael Volkov

OFAC Enforcement Cases Focused on “Screening Errors”: American Express and Cobham Metalics (Part II of III)

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In the last two years, OFAC has brought four enforcement actions that focus on an organization’s “screening errors.” These include: American Express; (2) Cobham Metalics; (3) Apple; and (4) Amazon. In today’s posting, I will...more

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Transfer Pricing Rousing Customs Authorities to Action

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As the world slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are busy grappling with the huge disruption to global manufacturing and supply chains, the permanent closure of some businesses, the downsizing, consolidation...more

Porter Hedges LLP

Alert: "Essentra Settlement Demonstrates Government Commitment To Compliance Framework"

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On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the settlement of apparent violations of the North Korea Sanctions Regulations by Essentra FZE Company Limited...more

Michael Volkov

OFAC On A Roll: Whitford Worldwide Company Agrees to Pay $824k for Violations of Iran Sanctions

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When you are hot, you are hot.  (And when you are not, you are not; Thank you Jerry Reed, Country Singer).  OFAC is hot and resumed its enforcement streak, settling three enforcement actions in three weeks....more

Husch Blackwell LLP

July 2020 Trade Law Update

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In Husch Blackwell’s July 2020 Trade Law Newsletter, you’ll learn about the following updates in international trade and supply chain law: •President Trump’s Executive Order ends Hong Kong country of origin •USTR...more

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Patent Prosecution Tool Kit: When to Obtain Foreign Filing and Export Licenses

Two important, but sometimes overlooked issues in patent prosecution, particularly for companies with worldwide patent portfolios, are: 1) when a foreign filing license must be obtained; and 2) how to determine when an export...more

Cooley LLP

Alert: Export Control Reminder: Semi-Annual Encryption Reporting Deadline August 1

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August 1, 2020, is the deadline for submitting semi-annual reports for certain encryption items exported or re-exported between January 1 and June 30, 2020, pursuant to paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3)(iii) of License Exception...more

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China’s Trade Controls: The Evolution & Development

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In recent years, China has planned to introduce its export control law, which aims to consolidate and streamline its numerous but discrete export control legislation. Currently, China has no export control enforcement because...more

Jones Day

The Hong Kong Autonomy Act Signed Into Law

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The Situation: On July 14, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (the "HKAA"), the U.S. government's response to China's new National Security Law for Hong Kong. The Result: The HKAA could...more

Michael Volkov

The Mighty Amazon Falls to the OFAC Sanctions Sword

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Amazon joins the exclusive club of high-tech OFAC violators.  Last year, Apple settled with OFAC for sanctions violations.  This year, we can add Amazon to the list of OFAC violators. ...more

Perkins Coie

Hong Kong Autonomy Act Signals Significant Shift in US-Hong Kong Relations

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The U.S. government on July 14, 2020, took two significant steps to address the evolving situation in Hong Kong. These were primarily in response to the enactment of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

US Government Formalizes End of Preferential Treatment for Hong Kong, Imposes Additional Sanctions Measures Affecting China and...

The US Government is continuing to implement measures under US export controls and economic sanctions in response to China’s recent actions involving Hong Kong, including China’s enactment of a new national security law on...more

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Trump Administration and Congress Ratchet Up US Sanctions Against China

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The US government has established new authorities to impose sanctions in response to China’s national security law for Hong Kong, increasing the compliance risks for international banks and other companies that do business in...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

U.S. Government Formalizes End of Preferential Treatment for Hong Kong, Imposes Additional Sanctions Measures Affecting China and...

The U.S. Government is continuing to implement measures under U.S. export controls and economic sanctions in response to China’s recent actions involving Hong Kong, including China’s enactment of a new national security law...more

Cooley LLP

Blog: What You Need to Know About The NDA

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When a company is sharing its technology or other proprietary information with a potential strategic or commercial partner, it will want to ensure that the information is kept secret and not being used for an unauthorized...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

US Responds to Developments in Hong Kong With Sanctions, US Export Control Amendments

In the wake of China’s new national security law for Hong Kong that went into effect on June 30, 2020, the Trump administration has taken several steps to significantly pare back Hong Kong’s preferential status under U.S....more

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Hong Kong: Implications for U.S. Export/National Security Laws and Import Laws

On July 14, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions under U.S. law that give Hong Kong differential treatment in relation to China. This is the latest in a series...more

Dechert LLP

United States – China Trade Conflict Escalates Following Hong Kong Unrest

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The U.S.-China trade war continues to escalate, most recently fueled by U.S. concerns over China’s assertion of increasing authority over Hong Kong. The U.S. and Chinese governments have exchanged jabs through the use of...more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

President Trump Issues Executive Order Implementing the Hong Kong Autonomy Act

As noted in our recent alert, President Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (“HKAA”) on July 14, 2020. On the same day, the President also issued an Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization (the “Executive...more

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