Latest news on import/export controls, trade compliance and federal regulatory updates from the U.S., EU, Canada, U.K, Australia, China, Japan and other countries.


Source: U.S. Department of Justice Ali Caby, a/k/a “Alex Caby,” 40, a U.S. permanent resident currently residing in Bulgaria; Arash Caby, a/k/a “Axel Caby,” 43, of Miami, Florida; and Marjan Caby, 34, of Miami, Florida, were arrested and charged with exporting prohibited articles to Syria, in violation of the Syria trade embargo, commerce regulations and […]

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Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – BIS On March 24, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule, Temporary General License. The March 24 final rule created a temporary general license that restored, for a specified time period, the licensing requirements and policies under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for exports, […]

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Source: WTO A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the two-thirds acceptance of the […]

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Source: Miami Herald Abrahán José Aguilar Sánchez, one of three Venezuelans accused of attempting to illegally export firearms and bullets to Venezuela, has pleaded guilty to the charges. Aguilar Sánchez, 35, was the third and last of the three Venezuelans arrested in the case. He pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga. Alfredo […]

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Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – BIS. In accordance with the memorandum from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” published on January 24, 2017, the implementation date of one revision implemented by the final rule entitled “Commerce Control List: Removal of Certain Nuclear Nonproliferation (NP) Column 2 […]

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Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury. OFAC is updating the List of Medical Devices Requiring Specific Authorization as identified in 31 C.F.R. § 560.530(a)(3)(ii) of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 560 (ITSR), to update and clarify the scope of medical devices that are not authorized for exportation or reexportation pursuant to […]

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Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury – OFAC. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published Cyber-related General License (GL) 1, “Authorizing Certain Transactions with the Federal Security Service,” pursuant to Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” GL 1 authorizes certain transactions with […]

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Source: European Commission. The next two rounds for the EU-Mexico trade negotiations will take place in April and June 2017. The European Union and Mexico will hold two additional negotiating rounds before the summer as part of an accelerated negotiation schedule for a new, reformed Free Trade Agreement. The dates of the upcoming rounds (3-7 […]

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Source: Office of the United States Trade Representative. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a letter to signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) that the United States has formally withdrawn from the agreement per guidance from the President of the United States. The letter emphasizes the commitment of the United States […]

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Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – BIS In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement the India–U.S. Joint Statement of June 7, 2016 (June Statement), which recognized the United States and India as Major Defense Partners. This rule amends the EAR by establishing a […]

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