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 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issued a letter to signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) that the United States has formally withdrawn from the agreement per guidance from the President of the United States.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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Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – BIS This rule requires persons intending to export or reexport to Hong Kong any item subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and controlled on the Commerce Control List (CCL) for national security (NS), missile technology (MT), nuclear nonproliferation (NP column 1), or chemical and biological weapons (CB) reasons […]

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Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – BIS This rule revises the policy of review for applications for licenses to export or reexport to Sudan certain items that are intended to ensure the safety of civil aviation or the safe operation of fixed-wing, commercial passenger aircraft. Such applications will now be reviewed under a general policy […]

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Source: U.S. Department of State – DDTC The Department of State requests comments from the public regarding recent revisions to Category XII of the United States Munitions List (USML). In light of the ongoing transition of the USML to a more ‘‘positive list’’ pursuant to the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative, the Department requests […]

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Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury – OFAC Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD Bank”),a financial institution headquartered in Toronto, Canada, has agreed to remit $516,105 to settle its potential civil liability for 167 apparent violations of § 515.201 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515(CACR), and § 560.204 of the Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations, […]

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Source: U.S. Department of Commerce – BIS On October 12, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule entitled ‘‘Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML).’’ This notice […]

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