We advise and represent clients on matters related to import and customs law, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott restrictions, and free trade agreements.
Today, OFAC issued Ukraine-/Russia-related General License 15 which authorizes U.S. persons to engage in specified transactions related to winding down or maintaining business with GAZ Group and its subsidiaries until Oct. 23, 2018. OFAC also issued Ukraine-/Russia-related General License 12C, which replaces and supersedes General License 12B in its entirety. General License 12C permits originating and intermediary U.S. financial institutions to process funds transfers (that they would otherwise block) to an account held by a blocked U.S. person at a U.S. financial institution. It also clarifies that U.S. financial institutions can release such funds for authorized maintenance and wind-down purposes. Lastly, OFAC posted six new FAQs and revisions to existing FAQs about these general licenses.
Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to further prohibit Venezuelan-related transactions. Among other restrictions, today’s Executive Order prohibits persons in the U.S. from purchasing any debt or collateral owed to the government of Venezuela. This order follows sanctions imposed in March and is in response to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s victory and second term in an election that U.S. officials classify as corrupt and in direct opposition to democratic order.
This week, the U.S. Department of State posted a proposed rule that would amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to revise Categories I (firearms, close assault weapons and combat shotguns), II (guns and armament) and III (ammunition and ordnance) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to describe more precisely the articles warranting export and temporary import control on the USML. Read More→
Joiner Law Firm joins the U.S., the world’s largest importer and exporter of goods and services, to celebrate World Trade Month during the month of May. This month-long celebration is to highlight and promote companies that export goods and services around the world. As a business whose mission is to serve, educate, and empower global organizations through ethics and compliance, we are always willing and able to celebrate global trade and the people and businesses who make it possible.
Please join the Houston District Export Council for a three-day event that will allow members of the trade community to hear directly from policy experts in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security. This three-day event includes the following sessions: Complying with U.S. Export Regulations and Technology Controls. Register→
Join the International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas for a breakfast meeting on New Anti-Corruption and Trade Laws and Other Developments, featuring Joiner Law Firm’s Senior Associate, Lindsey Roskopf. More Info→
Join the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for the 2018 U.S.–China Aviation Symposium, along with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC ), and the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). The event will allow industry leaders and U.S. government officials to engage in a high-level forum, in an effort to enhance the U.S. and China’s partnership in the aviation sector. More Info→
The NCBFAA Educational Institute is proud to invite all global logistics professionals to the Fourth Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G·TEC). This two-day event will give customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues. More Info→