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Publications & Events (2014)

Publications, Presentations & Quotes

Broad Sanctions on Transactions with the Crimea Region of Ukraine

December 22, 2014

On December 19, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13685, which imposes very broad sanctions on transactions with persons and entities in the Crimea region of Ukraine. These restrictions are much broader than the sanctions imposed on Russia which have targeted certain key sectors of the Russian economy and specified (listed) individuals and entities. Read More→

President Obama Signs the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 into Law

December 22, 2014

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed H.R. 5859, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (“UFSA”), into law thereby expanding Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Among the sanctions described in the Act are those relating to Russia’s defense and energy sectors. Read More→

President Announces Major Changes in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

December 22, 2014

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced a major overhaul of U.S.-Cuba relations, which will adjust current U.S. policy to allow expanded U.S. exports to Cuba and facilitate the further development of commerce and travel between the U.S. and Cuba. Read More→

BIS Expands Military End-Use and End-User Control for Microprocessors

December 22, 2014

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry Security (BIS) amended the microprocessor military end-use and end-user control of § 744.17 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by: 1) broadening the definition of “microprocessors” and adding associated software/technology to its scope, 2) expanding its restrictions to “in-country” transfers, and 3) creating a prohibition on the use of license exceptions for exports, re-exports, and in-country transfers of such items, with the exception of the License Exception GOV. Read More→

New App Helps American Companies Export

December 11, 2014

ThinkGlobal Inc., based in Northampton, Mass., has released the Export Resources app for both the Apple iOS and Android platforms. The app provides access to trade leads, trade events, market research and trade news gleaned from U.S. government trade specialists and other reliable sources worldwide. It also includes contact information for International Trade Administration offices worldwide, including domestic and international export assistance centers. The Export Resources app can be downloaded from Apple's App Store on iTunes and/or from the Google Play store for Android devices.

BIS Including New Standard Language on Licenses

December 10, 2014

On Monday December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that effective immediately it will include the following language on all licenses issued by BIS. Read More→

OFAC Publishes Guidance on the JPOA Involving Iran

December 10, 2014

On December 9, 2014, OFAC published notice in the Federal Register of its guidance relating to the provision of certain temporary sanctions relief in order to implement the Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”) reached on November 24, 2013 between the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K, and the U.S.) and Iran. The guidance was previously posted to OFAC’s website on November 25, 2014. Read More→

Client Alerts from Joiner Law Firm 11.21.14

November 21, 2014

This client alert features two articles entitled, "U.S. Agencies Shed Light on “Shale Projects” and Other Issues Under the Russia Sanctions" and "Hefty Fine by New York State Financial Regulators Emphasizes the Breadth of Sanctions Regulations". View Client Alert→

U.S. Agencies Shed Light on “Shale Projects” and Other Issues Under the Russia Sanctions

November 20, 2014

On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published frequently asked questions (FAQs) providing additional guidance on the sanctions against Russia. Read More→

Hefty Fine by New York State Financial Regulators Emphasizes the Breadth of Sanctions Regulations

November 20, 2014

On November 18, 2014, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced a $315 million agreement to settle its enforcement action against the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) for the bank’s activities in “misleading regulators” about its financial transactions with Iran, Sudan, Myanmar, and entities designated on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List between 2002 and 2007. Read More→

Jamie Joiner Moderated ABA Program on Compliance with BIS’Russian-related Sanctions

November 18, 2014

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Jamie Joiner co-moderated the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s “Understanding and Complying with BIS’ Russian-Related Sanctions” program. This program included a discussion with key Bureau of Industry and Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials about compliance with BIS’ Russia-related sanctions.

Port of Houston Authority: TradeLink Workshop

November 18, 2014

The Port of Houston Authority held a TradeLink workshop where you can learn the basics including costs, risks, finding overseas markets, trade financing and much more. Joiner Law Firm’s Jamie Larmond presented on the legal aspects of exporting.

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 10.22.14

October 22, 2014

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Changes to the Focused Assessment Program", "Rise in Whistleblower Actions for Customs Fraud", "Intel Subsidiary Reaches $750,000 Settlement with BIS for Exports of Encryption Software" and "Russian Sanctions – A Helpful Visual Summary" View Newsletter→

Customs Committee Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 1

October 10, 2014

The ABA Section of International Law has released an e-Newsletter with a spotlight on Jamie Joiner. The newsletter also outlines events, new regulations, and recent court rulings. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 9.25.14

September 25, 2014

This newsletter featured four articles entitled, "Joiner Law Firm PLLC Welcomes Two Attorneys to the Team", "New Round of Russian Sanctions Gives Oil and Gas Industry Reason to Pause", "Court Holds Corporate Officer Personally Liable for Negligence in Customs Lawsuit" and "Italian Company Settles with BIS for Syria Violations". Read More→

Joiner Law Firm Donates School Supplies to Help Students Succeed

August 25, 2014

This year, Joiner Law Firm worked with Catholic Charities to donate back-to-school supplies, such as backpacks, crayons, notebooks, and pencils, to children in the Catholic Charities foster care program. Joiner Law Firm and its employees wish all students a great 2014-15 school year! Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 8.14.14

August 21, 2014

This newsletter featured three articles entitled, "OFAC Issues Revised Guidance on Entities Owned by Blocked Persons", "U.S. Toughens Sanctions on Russia: Summary of the New Russia Industry Sector Sanctions" and "OFAC Amends Authorizations for Academic and Professional Exchanges Between the U.S. and Sudan". Read More→

BIS Changes its Licensing Policy for Russia and Creates New Russia Industry Sector Sanctions

August 9, 2014

On August 6, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will be imposing new licensing requirements on 8 ECCNs (e.g., ECCN 0A998, 1C992, 3A229, 3A231, 3A232, 6A991, 8A992, 8D999) and 53 Schedule B numbers if a person knows that the item will be used directly or indirectly in exploration for, or production of, oil or gas in: (i) Russian deepwater greater than 500 feet; (ii) Arctic offshore locations; and (iii) shale formations in Russia. The new licensing requirements will also be imposed if a person is unable to determine whether the item will be used in the aforementioned projects. View Overview→

Joiner Law Firm Attorneys Serve as Committee Editors for the ABA Year in Review Article

July 9, 2014

The International Law section of the American Bar Association (ABA) published its annual review of international legal developments. Jamie Joiner and Vicky Wu co-edited the section on Customs Law, which summarizes the important milestones in 2013 regarding U.S. judicial decisions, foreign trade policy, as well as legislative, administrative and executive developments. Please visit the Section of International Law - Customs Law Committee webpage for additional information about the Year in Review article.

CBP Announces Long-Awaited Trusted Trader Program

July 8, 2014

On June 16th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it will begin testing the long-awaited Trusted Trader program, a new program designed to streamline the process through which importers can establish to CBP that they strive to secure their supply chains and strengthen their internal controls for compliance with the laws and regulations administered and enforced by CBP. Read More→

Dutch Aerospace Company Agrees to Pay $21 Million for Violations of U.S. Sanctions

July 8, 2014

Fokker Services B.V. (“Fokker Services” or “the Company”) – a Netherlands-based aerospace company – has agreed to a $10.5 million civil settlement agreement for violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR”), the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (“SSR”), and the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 5.14.14

May 14, 2014

This newsletter featured three articles entitled, "OFAC Releases new Ukraine-related Sanctions Regulations", "OFAC Amends the Syrian Sanctions Regulations" and "OtterBox Pays $4.3M to Settle Whistleblower Allegations of Underpaying Customs Duties". View Newsletter→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 4.29.14

April 29, 2014

This newsletter featured two articles entitled, "Export Restrictions on Russia Further Expanded - Certain Existing Licenses to Russia are Revoked" and "Exporters have limited grace period to ensure compliance with new export reporting requirements". View Newsletter→

U.S. Department of Commerce Appoints New Members to Houston District Export Council

April 14, 2014

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has appointed 21 Houston-area business professionals to the Houston District Export Counsel (DEC). Closely affiliated with Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders whose members volunteer their time to help educate small and midsize businesses on various export related topics. Read More→

Joiner Law Firm Attorneys Offer Advice on Export Pitfalls in Pharmaceutical Compliance Publication

March 7, 2014

HOUSTON – International trade lawyers Jamie Joiner and Jamie C. Larmond of Houston are offering a warning and advice to compliance officers at biotech and drug companies in an article that appears online in Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor. Read More→

President Obama Issues New Executive Order Involving Ukraine

March 7, 2014

In response to threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, President Obama issued a new Executive Order, Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine, which will allow the United States to sanction any individual or entity determined to be responsible for or complicit in: (1) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; (2) actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; or (3) the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine. Read More→

$115,000 Deemed Export Penalty Reminds Us of the Risk of Technology Exports

March 7, 2014

Intevac, Inc. recently agreed to a $115,000 civil settlement with the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) for five violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). Four of the five violations involved the unauthorized release of controlled technology to a Russian national working at its California facility without an export license. According to Section 734.2 of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), an export license is required under the deemed export rule when: (1) a U.S. person “releases” controlled technology to a foreign national in the United States; and (2) the export of that technology to the foreign national's country would require a license. Read More→

OFAC Introduces the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List

March 7, 2014

Recently, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) introduced a new list which identifies foreign persons sanctioned under Executive Order 13608, “Prohibiting Certain Transactions With and Suspending Entry Into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders With Respect to Iran and Syria.” These individuals have been identified on this list for engaging in conduct relating to the evasion of U.S. economic and financial sanctions with respect to Iran or Syria. As a result, U.S. persons are restricted from engaging directly or indirectly in transactions or other dealings with persons identified on the FSE List. Read More→

Client Alert - The Third Round of Export Control Reform Has Arrived

February 18, 2014

The New Year brought a new round of changes to export controls and a glimpse of what 2014 will hold for export control reform. On January 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) concurrently published their third final rules implementing export control reform (“ECR”). Read More→

Past Events (2014)

Below are Joiner Law Firm related events of 2014:

OCT30 Joiner Law Firm attorneys will present on "Russia and Related Sanctions"

This program of the Houston District Export Council is part of the Export University Series. Link


MAR30 2014 International Trade and Customs Conference

Jamie Joiner will be presenting updates regarding U.S. Sanctions at this year's International Trade and Customs Conference at The San Luis Hotel in Galveston, Texas. Link