We advise and represent clients on matters related to import and customs law, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott restrictions, and free trade agreements.
Yesterday, the United States officially commenced the first round of NAFTA negotiations to revise and renegotiate the 23-year old free trade agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer emphasized that President Trump is “not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions,” but rather in making substantive changes for American companies, citing trade deficits, lost manufacturing jobs, and closed businesses as evidence that the current agreement has failed Americans.
Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) revised ECCNs controlled for national security reasons in each category of the Commerce Control List (CCL) to implement changes made to the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies at the December 2016 WA Plenary meeting. The WA is a group of 41 participating states committed to promoting responsibility and transparency in the global arms trade, and in preventing destabilizing accumulations of arms.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned eight more individuals who played a key role in the creation of Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly, including current and former officials of the Venezuelan government. The U.S. previously sanctioned Venezuelan President Maduro and other current and former officials of the Venezuelan government following the July 30th elections for the Constituent Assembly. The new sanctions reflect the U.S.’ intention to continue to pressure Maduro and his loyalists into restoring democracy in Venezuela. The assets of the sanctioned persons (that are in the U.S. or within the possession or control of U.S. persons) are now frozen and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from doing business with the sanctioned persons.
This past Saturday, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution that imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to its continued nuclear and ballistic missile development. President Trump celebrated the new sanctions, calling it the “single largest economic sanctions package ever” imposed on the North Korean regime. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, used the same words to describe the sanctions, and also stated that it is the “most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation” as the package will cause North Korea to lose “one-third of its exports and hard currency.” In a related Twitter post, President Trump acknowledged that China and Russia had voted in favor of the sanctions.
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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→
Jamie Joiner will moderate one or more panels at the Houston Export Resources Forum, co-hosted by the Mayor’s Office and City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity. The event is designed to help promote exports among small businesses, provide information about a variety of resources available when expanding into overseas markets, and help develop strategies to expand into these markets. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.
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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