We advise and represent clients on matters related to import and customs law, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott restrictions, and free trade agreements.
Joiner Law Firm attorney, Lindsey Roskopf, recently had the honor of receiving “Highly Commended” in the 2017 WorldECR Awards for the category of Young Practitioner of the Year. The WorldECR Awards recognize the high achievement of export controls and sanctions professionals. Lindsey has been a valuable asset to the JLF team since she joined the firm in 2013. Congratulations, Lindsey!
Following publication of a “detailed and comprehensive summary” of the Trump administration’s negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) confirmed that the first round of NAFTA negotiations will take place in Washington D.C., Aug. 16-20, 2017. John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, will serve as Chief Negotiator for the NAFTA negotiations.
Today, the Trump administration announced new Iran-related sanctions on 18 entities and individuals for supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iran’s military, or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), or for transnational criminal activity. While the Trump administration communicated to Congress yesterday that the U.S. will continue to waive sanctions as required under the Iran nuclear deal, it also noted that Iran’s malign activities “outside the nuclear issue undermine the positive contributions to regional and international peace and security that the deal” was intended to provide. Read More→
Yesterday, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a “detailed and comprehensive summary” of the Trump administration’s negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA, as required to commence negotiations as early as August 16th. These objectives address trade balances, tariffs, rules of origin, trade facilitation, digital trade, labor and environment obligations, subsidies, market access, market-distorting practices, intellectual property, trade remedies, and several other areas. The administration stated that the renegotiated agreement will give American “farmers, ranchers, service providers, and other businesses new opportunities to grow their exports and reclaim American prosperity.”
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Join the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce for the Port of Houston Appreciation Luncheon, which will include a keynote speech from Roger Guenther (Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority) and a wealth of information involving strategies business owners can implement when conducting international business. Other event details can be found here. Register→
Jamie Joiner is set to discuss the new administration’s impact on free trade and to provide an update on U.S. sanctions (including sanctions on Cuba, Iran, and Russia), at the 2017 Texas Customs Brokers & Forwarders Conference. The conference is intended to bring valuable educational programming to the brokerage and forwarder community, while creating a business casual atmosphere mixed with just the right amount of fun! Joiner Law Firm is a proud sponsor of the conference, which will be held this year at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. Please stop by and visit our exhibitor booth! Register→
Come mingle with Houston’s dignitaries and business luminaries at the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2017 Soiree. This year's theme, Houston and Beyond, celebrates Houston's history with space exploration, the diversity of its global industries, and its acknowledged status as a dynamic city moving beyond barriers. Register→
At this year’s conference, Jamie Joiner will discuss several important trade-related topics, including key recent Customs cases, rulings, and regulatory changes that every import compliance manager should be aware of; the latest 2017 guidance from BIS and DOJ on the government’s expectations for U.S. export control and sanctions compliance programs; the use of ACE export data to monitor exporters’ compliance; and the importance of a post export audit process in compliance programs. JLF attorneys, Mike Wilson and Lindsey Roskopf, will present on balancing deemed export compliance obligations with anti-discrimination laws. Joiner Law Firm is a proud sponsor of this advanced-level trade compliance conference. Register→
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