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On April 13, 2021, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued a Scheduling Order in response to the joint status report filed the previous day by the plaintiffs and U.S. government defendants in the ongoing litigation involving more than 3,700 complaints challenging the legality of duties implemented on certain imports from China pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The report addressed the briefing schedule for the sample case selected by…
Since April 2020, we have partnered with foreign law firms to monitor and report on the most relevant government measures worldwide addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This most recent (and final) version of the guide includes a concise, corporate-focused and user-friendly list of government measures and covers areas like tax, restructuring, business immigration, government contracts and international trade. View/Download (PDF): Country-by-Country Guide: Government Measures Taken in Response to COVID-19. This last update includes new information…
On April 12, 2021, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued additional guidance regarding changes that have been made to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) pertaining to export of defense articles or services to Russia. The guidance summarizes changes that were implemented on March 18, 2021, when the Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury imposed sanctions and export restrictions on numerous Russian officials and government entities in response to…
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations to eliminate most reporting requirements related to open source encryption software and certain “mass market” encryption items and to revise the Commerce Control List. Key Notes: BIS issued a final rule eliminating certain reporting requirements relating to “publicly available” encryption source code and beta test encryption software and certain “mass market” encryption products. The rule…
On April 8, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule adding seven Chinese supercomputing entities to the Entity List for “conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” due to their support of China’s military modernization and “other destabilizing efforts.” These Chinese entities are: Tianjin Phytium Information Technology Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center Sunway Microelectronics The National…
On April 8, 2021, the Department of the Treasury issued its most recent listing of foreign countries requiring cooperation with an international boycott. The countries on this list has been fairly static for years; however, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed due to the country’s issuance of Federal Decree-Law No. 4 of 2020, which repealed its law mandating a boycott of Israel and, according to Treasury, “the subsequent actions that the UAE…
On April 5, 2021, the U.S Court of International Trade (CIT) published a summary judgment opinion invalidating former President Donald Trump’s executive order, Proclamation 9980, which imposed 25 percent tariffs on various imports of aluminum and steel derivative articles pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The CIT found in favor of plaintiff PrimeSource Building Products, Inc., a U.S. importer of various steel derivative products, which argued that Proclamation 9980 was…
On April 2, 2021, President Joseph Biden issued an Executive Order terminating a previously declared national emergency and related sanctions against certain persons involved with the International Criminal Court (ICC). In June 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13928 declaring a national emergency due to the ICC’s “illegitimate assertions of jurisdiction over personnel of the United States and certain of its allies, including the ICC Prosecutor’s investigation into actions allegedly committed by United States military,…