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On September 24, 2020, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Federal Register notice amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) in order “to further implement the President’s foreign policy to deny the Cuban regime sources of revenue.” The changes will restrict: (1) lodging at certain properties in Cuba; (2) importing Cuban-origin alcohol and tobacco products; (3) attending or organizing professional meetings or conferences in Cuba; and (4) participating…
On September 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a Federal Register notice listing prohibited transactions with ByteDance Ltd. and its subsidiaries including TikTok, Inc., pursuant to President Trump’s August 6, 2020 Executive Order declaring TikTok a national security threat and directing Commerce to define the scope of prohibited “transactions” with TikTok by September 20, 2020. The notice was published after a myriad of legal activity that took place from September 18 through September…
On September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced prohibitions on transactions relating to the mobile applications WeChat and TikTok in order to “safeguard the national security of the United States” that were to become effective on September 20 and November 12, 2020. This announcement followed President Trump’s August 6, 2020 executive orders declaring TikTok and WeChat national security threats and directing Commerce to define the scope of prohibited “transactions” by September 20, 2020.…
On September 19, 2020, the United States announced that virtually all United Nations (UN) sanctions on Iran were being re-imposed. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have taken the position that the United States can trigger the “snapback” provisions of UN sanctions under UN Security Council resolution 2231 pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was implemented by Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United…
In a Federal Register notice, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced that effective September 22, 2020, it is adding 47 entities to its Entity List after determining these companies and persons to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The entities are located under the destinations of Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE),…
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has issued two Federal Register notices announcing the extension of numerous product exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs for imports from China appearing on List 1 (products from China with an annual trade value of $34 billion) and List 2 (products from China with an annual trade value of $16 billion). USTR is extending 62 product exclusions from  List/Tranche 1, including: certain submersible centrifugal pumps;…
On September 15, 2020, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that President Donald Trump’s tariffs against China violate the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) because they are prima facie inconsistent with Articles I:1 (Most-favored Nation Treatment) and certain of the GATT’s schedules and concessions, and the United States has not met its burden of demonstrating that the tariff measures it took under Section 301 of the Trade Act…
On September 15, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a statement that it will “modify the terms of the 10% tariff imposed in August on imports of Canadian non-alloyed unwrought aluminum.” The United States will resume duty-free treatment of the Canadian aluminum retroactive to September 1, 2020, based on the expectations that trade will “normalize” in the last four months of 2020 after earlier surges. However, tariffs could be imposed…