International Trade > AG Trade Law
12 Jul '17

On January 13, 2017, President Obama issued Executive Order 13761 to be effective on July 12, 2017, which would revoke prior executive orders underlying the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations and effectively terminate the Sudan sanctions program, provided that the incoming Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) issues a finding regarding Sudan’s cooperation in five key areas of engagement: countering terrorist groups, ending the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army, ending the government’s offensive internal military operations, ending Sudan’s destabilizing role in South Sudan, and improving humanitarian access. See our prior alert on that executive order for more information.

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30 Jun '17

Read the latest edition of Red Notice, a monthly update on global investigations and prosecutions that cross multiple jurisdictions. Red Notice focuses on developments related to anticorruption as well as export controls and sanctions. To view this month’s issue, please click here.

To read the Chinese version, please click here. For the Russian version, please click here.

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20 Jun '17

On June 16, 2017, the Trump administration issued a national security presidential memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” (the “Presidential Memorandum”). Related to this announcement, the White House issued a Cuba Fact Sheet, OFAC issued a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Department of Transportation also issued a new set of FAQs relating to the President’s announcement.

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08 Jun '17

On June 8, 2017, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule that removes the consumptive-demand exception from its regulations that implement the prohibition on the importation of merchandise that has been produced by convict, forced or indentured labor in Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1307)(“Section 307”). Prior to the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFEA) in February 2016, Section 307 contained an exception that allowed for the importation of merchandise produced with forced labor if the goods were not produced in sufficient quantities in the United States to meet the consumptive demand of the United States. CBP’s final rule updates CBP’s regulations to reflect the TFEA’s amendment of Section 307 to eliminate the consumptive-demand exception.

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31 May '17

Read the latest edition of Red Notice, a monthly update on global investigations and prosecutions that cross multiple jurisdictions. Red Notice focuses on developments related to anticorruption as well as export controls and sanctions. To view this month’s issue, please click here.

To read the Chinese version, please click here. For the Russian version, please click here.

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26 May '17

On Tuesday, May 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a Federal Register notice asking for public comments on what the negotiating objectives should be for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation. Written comments are due by Monday, June 12, and there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, June 27. This is an important opportunity for companies to weigh in not only on their priorities in NAFTA, but also on their trade priorities, generally, as the Trump administration has indicated the renegotiated NAFTA will serve as a template for its trade policy objectives going forward. If you need any assistance on commenting, please let us know.

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19 May '17

Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The administration is required to submit the notice to ensure that any legislation required to implement an updated agreement can receive fast-track protection under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA). Under the TPA, the USTR may not enter into formal negotiations until 90 days after this notice is provided to Congress. Thus, NAFTA renegotiations can start on August 16, 2017.

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