Determining a Product’s Country of Origin after Further Manufacture or Assembly in a Third Country for Purposes of Section 301 Tariffs
November 5, 2018 by Jennifer M. Smith and Shahrzad Noorbaloochi

In a recent ruling, United States Customs and Border Protection has determined that Chinese-origin goods that are assembled in and exported from a third country remain subject to Section 301 tariffs unless they have been “substantially transformed” in the third country.

Comparison of Persons Designated for Economic Sanctions Imposed by the United States, EU, Canada, Australia, and Japan Regarding Ukraine and Russia
August 8, 2016 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Notes: This list is limited to Ukraine-/Russia-related sanctions regimes imposed by selected countries since 2014. Other countries are following the EU sanctions, at least in some respects. The sanctions also apply to certain entities owned by designated persons. The list does not include entities designated on the U.S. Entity List. See our Trade Flow articles for more information.

Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Update and Overview: U.S. and EU Reaffirm Sanctions
August 8, 2016 by Jennifer M. Smith

In July 2016, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed that the U.S.’s Ukraine-/Russia-related economic sanctions will remain in effect unless Russia fulfils its obligations under an agreement reached in February 2015 in Minsk.

The Obama Administration’s Proposal to Change the MPF, the Main Customs User Fee, to Comply with TPP: Some Importers Will Pay More, Others Will Pay Less
August 1, 2016 by Jennifer M. Smith

The Obama Administration is currently seeking informal input from and consulting with importers regarding a recent proposal to change the structure and amount of the Merchandise Processing Fee (“MPF”) to bring it into compliance with the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”).

Stewart and Stewart Releases Report on China’s Support Policies for its Chemicals and Plastics Industries
October 30, 2014 by Terence P. Stewart, Jennifer M. Smith and Elizabeth J. Drake

In a new report released today, Stewart and Stewart provides a detailed look at the vast range of Chinese government policies supporting its chemical and plastics industries.

Two Developments on Russia: U.S. Withdraws Russia’s Eligibility Designation for GSP, and Canada Increases Sanctions on Russia
May 8, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Yesterday, May 7, 2014, President Obama notified Congress of his intent to withdraw the designation of Russia as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program “because Russia is sufficiently advanced in economic development and improved in trade competitiveness that continued preferential treatment under the GSP is not warranted.”

U.S. Added 17 Companies and 7 Individuals, Including Rosneft CEO Sechin, to Russia Sanctions List and Further Restricted Exports to Certain Russian Entities; EU, Canada, and Japan Also Stepped Up Sanctions
May 1, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

On April 25, 2014, the G-7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States) announced that they would “move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia” due to Russia’s failure to deescalate the ongoing situation in eastern Ukraine and contrary to Russia’s commitments in an April 17 agreement reached in Geneva.

RUSSIA AND UKRAINE UPDATE: The U.S. Has Stopped Issuing of Export Licenses to Russia and the U.S., Canada, and the EU Have Expanded Sanctions, But Loan Guarantees to Ukraine Provide Opportunities for U.S. Businesses
April 16, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

In the recent days and weeks, the United States, Canada, and the European Union (EU) have expanded economic sanctions and taken other trade-related measures in response to the developments in Ukraine and Russia’s actions with respect to Crimea.

How Russian Judo Could Flip the Hockey World: KHL Board Chairman Timchenko and Dynamo Moscow President Rotenberg, Former Putin Judo Partners, Subject to U.S. Sanctions, Update - Sanctions May Also Affect Upcoming Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake Concerts
April 3, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Watch out, hockey world -- Judo may flip the KHL off its skates. On March 20, the United States imposed sanctions on three Russian billionaires, all of whom are reportedly former judo partners of Vladimir Putin. But it is their leadership positions in major hockey organizations that threaten to flip the hockey world upside down.

A Comparison of Current Sanctions Imposed by the United States, EU, Canada, and Australia Regarding Ukraine and Russia
March 25, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

The United States, European Union (“EU”), Canada, and Australia all have recently issued sanctions in response to the developments in Ukraine and Russia’s actions with respect to Crimea. While the United States is coordinating with the EU, the U.S. list of sanctioned persons overlaps with, but does not match, the lists of persons sanctioned by those other countries.

U.S. Sanctions Additional Russian Individuals, Including Officials and Businessmen, and Bank Rossiya Over Crimea
March 21, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Yesterday, the United States imposed additional sanctions on 20 Russian individuals, including high-level Russian officials and prominent Russian businessmen considered part of President Putin’s “inner circle,” and on one financial institution, Bank Rossiya (A.K.A. Aktsionerny Bank Russian Federation) in response to Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Ukrainians and Russian Officials Over Crimea
March 17, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

By a new Executive Order issued today, the United States imposed sanctions on four Ukrainians, including former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Crimean separatist leaders, and seven high-level Russian officials, including Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

No One Yet Subject to New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Authorized by President Obama in Executive Order 13660
March 10, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

On Thursday, March 6th, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order No. 13660 authorizing economic sanctions related to the ongoing situation in Ukraine under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and other statutes.

New Year Brings New Export Control Reforms: Changes Announced on a Range of Materials, Equipment, Explosives, and Items for Missiles and Rockets; Some Reforms Take Effect Today; Other Changes Imminent
January 6, 2014 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

On January 2, 2014, the Federal Government announced a third wave of major reforms to U.S. export controls. These reforms change the existing controls on certain items.

U.S. Government Tightens Syrian Sanctions in Response to Use of Chemical Weapons: USG to Intensify Syria Sanctions Enforcement Efforts
December 12, 2013 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

On December 10, 2013, the U.S. Department of State published a notice indicating that additional sanctions are being imposed against Syria in response to the Syrian Government’s use of chemical weapons.

Manufacturers, Exporters, and Brokers Must Understand and Comply with Major Changes to the Export Control Laws Beginning October 15
October 8, 2013 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Manufacturers, exporters, brokers, and other individuals involved in exporting must ensure that they understand the major changes that are coming to the U.S. export control laws starting October 15, 2013. Failure to comply with these can result in severe criminal and civil penalties, including imprisonment. Even a single inadvertent violation can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties.

Last Week the Cuban Government Allowed Its Citizens to Sign With Foreign Sports Teams But Under U.S. Sanctions Cuban Athletes Must Be Unblocked Before Any U.S. Transactions
October 1, 2013 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Under U.S. law, all U.S. individuals and companies are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with any Cubans, including Cuban athletes such as baseball and soccer players, unless certain narrow exemptions apply. All assets, property, and bank accounts of Cuban nationals are blocked.

Additional Sanctions Imposed on Syria in Response to Chemical Weapons Use Require Caution by Businesses
September 20, 2013 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Last week, in response to the Syrian Government’s use of chemical weapons, the U.S. Department of State published a notice indicating that additional sanctions are being imposed against Syria.

EU Requests Compliance Panel in Ongoing WTO Large Civil Aircraft Subsidy Dispute
October 12, 2012 by Jennifer M. Smith

Yesterday, the European Union (“EU”) requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization (“WTO”) panel to assess the United States’ compliance with recommendations to end subsidies to Boeing that the WTO adopted on March 23, 2012.

CBP Develops Procedures to Implement the Recent Customs Offsetting and Refund Rule Providing Enhanced Benefits and Opportunities for Importers Who Discover Errors in Entries
September 13, 2012 by Jennifer M. Smith and Alan M. Dunn

Last month, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) implemented new informal procedures that clarify when importers may obtain refunds for overpayments of customs duties and fees versus offsets of underpayments of customs duties and fees with overpayments of customs duties and fees. These procedures explain how processes that importers have long used to claim refunds for overpayments or to correct customs errors, such as protests and Post-Entry Amendments/Post-Summary Corrections, intersect with a final rule that CBP issued in late 2011 that allows offsets of underpayments of customs duties and fees with overpayments of customs duties and fees for certain entries in the context of prior disclosures.

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