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U.S. Commerce Department Export Controls Exports

BIS Clarifies Use of License Exceptions GOV and STA

On November 1, 2017, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) introduced clarifications to the Export Administrative Regulations (EAR) for the use of license exception “Governments, International...more

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

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

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

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

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

State Sponsor of Terrorism Amendment Made to EAR Regarding Cuba

by Morgan Lewis on

Amendment triggers change in EAR de minimis level for controlled US-origin content in foreign made products. On April 14, US President Barack Obama submitted to Congress the statutorily required report indicating the...more

U.S. Government Approves Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico While Congress Considers Repealing the Underlying Export Restrictions

On August 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) indicated that it would approve a number of export license applications permitting parties in the United States to swap crude oil...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Places Severe Export Restrictions on Russian Deepwater Oil and Gas Field

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule adding the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field located in the Sea of Okhotsk, to its Entity...more

The Baby and the Bathwater: The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Intrusion and Surveillance Software...

If you are not aware, please take note that the July 20, 2015 deadline is fast approaching for comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed rule on the export control of certain...more

US Department of Commerce proposes licensing requirements for export and transfer of cybersecurity items

by DLA Piper on

In December 2013, the Wassenaar Arrangement - a group of 41 countries including the United States - agreed to add so-called cybersecurity items to its list of controlled dual-use items. On May 20, 2015, the Department of...more

New Authorizations to Export Personal Communications Items and Services to Sudan

by Reed Smith on

On February 18, 2015 the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published changes to the Export Administration Regulation (“EAR”) and...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

by Baker Donelson on

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations Focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December...more

Cuba Regulations Change – Round 1

In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes...more

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