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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published two new Venezuela-related FAQs to provide additional guidance on the debt-related prohibitions in Executive Order (E.O.) 13808, including the meaning of “new debt” for purposes of E.O. 13808 and the receipt of certain late payments from the Government of Venezuela (including Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.).
The U.S. Department of State announced that it will request comments from the public to inform its review of the controls implemented in recent revisions to Categories V, X, and XI of the United States Munitions List (USML). The State Department periodically reviews USML categories to ensure that they are clear, do not inadvertently control items in normal commercial use, account for technological developments, and properly implement the national security and foreign policy objectives of the United States. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will also seek public comments to perform a complementary review of items on the Commerce Control List.
Today, the U.S. Department of State announced that it is implementing restrictions on the export of defense articles and defense services into South Sudan in response to the continued violence and humanitarian crises there. The State Department confirmed that it will amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to update the defense trade policy toward South Sudan, specifically, by applying a policy of denial, with limited exceptions, on the export of defense articles and defense services to South Sudan, including to all parties involved in the conflict. The U.S. is currently seeking support for a UN Security Council embargo on arms flows into South Sudan.
Ashley Moore, an Associate Attorney at Joiner Law Firm, was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve as an official member of the Houston District Export Council (HDEC). The mission of HDEC is to help foster U.S. economic growth and create American jobs by stimulating and facilitating the export of goods and services from companies located in Southeast Texas. For more information about HDEC, please visit www.houstondec.org.
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Join the USTDA for a Reverse Trade Mission designed to introduce a delegation of senior public and private sector officials from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda to U.S. technologies and industry best practices in the smart grid sector. Delegates will participate in site visits and meet with U.S. government stakeholders, U.S. utilities, and U.S. companies to discuss technologies to reduce losses and improve reliability as well as policies, regulations, and financing mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of smart grid projects. More Info→
Join the USTDA for a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) that will bring public officials and coal plant operators from Turkey, South Africa and Romania to the United States for site visits and meetings with U.S. businesses. Another RTM will be held May 14 - 23, 2018, to bring public officials and coal plant operators from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam to the United States for meetings. More Info→