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Trade-Related News in a Flash 12.30.16

December 30, 2016

Subject: BIS Revises Nuclear Non-proliferation Controls on Certain Items; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; New AD/CVD Orders; Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

U.S. Imposes Sanctions in Response to Russia’s Apparent Interference in U.S. Election 2016

December 30, 2016

On December 29, 2016, in response to Russia’s apparent interference in U.S. election 2016, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) amending EO 13694 (“Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities”) to allow for the imposition of sanctions on those determined to be responsible for tampering, altering, or causing the misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions.

BIS Revises Nuclear Non-proliferation Controls on Certain Items

December 29, 2016

On December 27, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the EAR to reflect certain understandings reached by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2015 and 2016. Read More→

JLF Participates in Secret Santa Gift Exchange and Donates Toys

December 22, 2016

This year, the Joiner Law Firm (JLF) Team participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange, purchasing toys that reminded participants of the team member whose name they drew. All toys will be donated to children residing at the Houston Area Women’s Center. Read More→

JLF Article Reprinted in WorldECR Journal

December 22, 2016

WorldECR, the journal of export controls and sanctions, reprinted an article co-authored by Joiner Law Firm attorneys, Jamie Joiner and Ashley Moore, regarding recent changes to the Destination Control Statement under the ITAR and EAR. View Reprint→

OFAC Expands Scope of Medical, Agriculture-Related Items Authorized for Export to Iran

December 22, 2016

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that on December 23, 2016 it will publish an amendment to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) to expand the scope of medical devices and agricultural commodities generally authorized for export or reexport to Iran without specific authorization. Read More→

Trade-Related News in a Flash 12.22.16

December 22, 2016

Subject: Bill Extending Iran Sanctions Act Becomes Law; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; New AD/CVD Orders; Enforcement Actions. View Mailer→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 12.22.16

December 22, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "BIS Extends Time Limit for Temporary Exports to Mexico under TMP," "Effective Jan. 2017, Multiple Core Trade Processing Capabilities Will Be Deployed in ACE," "ECR Continues with More Changes Affecting Military Aircraft, Gas Turbine Engine Items," and "BIS Removes Certain Nuclear Nonproliferation Column 2 Controls". View Newsletter→

CBP Officially Implements Centers of Excellence and Expertise; Ends Test

December 21, 2016

On December 20, 2016, CBP announced its plans to end the test developed to “transition the operational trade functions that traditionally reside with port directors to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers).” CBP issued an interim final rule amending its regulations on an interim basis to establish “the Centers as a permanent organizational component of the agency and to transition certain additional trade functions to the Centers.” The rule becomes effective Jan. 19, 2017.

Bill Extending Iran Sanctions Act Becomes Law

December 20, 2016

The Iran Sanctions Extension Act (H.R. 6297), which extends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 for a period of ten years, has now become law. The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 provides certain statutory authority for sanctions on Iran’s energy sector and was set to expire on December 31, 2016. The House passed the Iran Sanctions Extension Act in November and the Senate passed the bill earlier this month. President Obama allowed the bill to become law on December 15, 2016 without his signature.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 12.16.16

December 16, 2016

Subject: OFAC Publishes Iran-Related FAQs and General License J-1; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Enforcement Actions; Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

BIS Amends EAR to Implement 2016 Decisions, Understandings Reached by Australia Group

December 16, 2016

On December 16, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement the recommendations and understandings reached by the Australia Group (AG) in Feb. and June 2016. The rule amends ECCN 1C351, which controls certain human and zoonotic pathogens and toxins, and ECCN 2B352, which controls equipment capable of use in handling biological materials. BIS stated that the changes in the rule only marginally affect the scope of the EAR controls on these items.

OFAC Publishes Iran-Related FAQs and General License J-1

December 15, 2016

On Dec. 15, 2016, OFAC updated its Iran-related FAQs relating to the Iran nuclear deal, “amending two FAQs regarding the re-imposition of sanctions in the event of a sanctions snapback under the JCPOA (M.4 and M.5) to provide additional clarity.” Additionally, OFAC issued General License (GL) J-1, “Authorizing the Reexportation of Certain Civil Aircraft to Iran on Temporary Sojourn and Related Transactions,” which OFAC stated “amends GL J to allow the temporary reexport of Eligible Aircraft that involve code sharing arrangements, subject to the conditions in GL J-1.” GL J-1 replaces and supersedes in its entirety GL J. Learn more→

CBP Announces ACE January 2017 Transition

December 12, 2016

After delaying the deployment of certain core trade processing capabilities in ACE, CBP has announced that beginning January 14, 2017 transactions supporting drawback, duty deferral, liquidation, collections, statements, and reconciliation must be filed in and processed through ACE. Submissions to ACS, CBP’s legacy system, will no longer be supported. The Importer Security Filing (ISF) is transitioning to ACE on January 14 as well.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 12.9.16

December 9, 2016

Subject: DDTC Amends ITAR to Clarify Provisions re: Public Disclosures, Debarments; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

DDTC Amends ITAR to Clarify ECR Revisions re: Public Disclosures, Debarments

December 7, 2016

On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) amended the ITAR to clarify recent revisions made pursuant to the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. Among other things, the final rule (with request for comments) clarified two things: (1) when DDTC will withhold from public disclosure certain information included in license applications, and (2) the policies and procedures regarding statutory debarments.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 12.2.16

December 2, 2016

Subject: BIS Extends Time Limit for Certain Temporary Exports to Mexico; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

U.S. Congress Passes Iran Sanctions Extension Act

December 2, 2016

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed (by a vote of 99 to 0) a bill that would extend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 for a period of ten years. The Act, which is set to expire on December 31, 2016, provides certain statutory authority for sanctions on Iran’s energy sector. The House passed the bill last month. Prior to becoming law, the bill (which was passed by the Senate without amendment) must be signed by the President.

BIS Extends Time Limit for Certain Temporary Exports to Mexico

December 1, 2016

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule that will align the time limit of License Exception TMP, for certain temporary exports to Mexico, with the time limit of Mexico’s IMMEX program—a program used by U.S. and foreign manufacturers to lower production costs by temporarily importing production materials into Mexico. As a result of the rule, items temporarily exported or reexported under TMP and imported under the IMMEX program will be authorized to remain in Mexico for up to four years from the date of export or reexport. The final rule implements the (August 23rd) proposed rule without change. Read more→

ECR Continues with More Changes Affecting Military Aircraft, Gas Turbine Engine Items

November 23, 2016

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is scheduled to publish a final rule on November 25, 2016 that will remove nuclear nonproliferation (NP) Column 2 license requirements from certain pressure tubes, pipes, fittings, pipe valves, pumps, numerically controlled machine tools, oscilloscopes, and transient recorders on the Commerce Control List (CCL). As a result of the changes made by the rule, some of the items will be no longer listed on the CCL, but will be designated as EAR99. The changes are intended to make the controls on these items consistent with the export controls of other supplier countries that participate in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

ECR Continues with More Changes Affecting Military Aircraft, Gas Turbine Engine Items

November 21, 2016

On November 21, 2016, as part of the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule modifying CCL entries for military aircraft and gas turbine engines, as well as for related items. Specifically, BIS clarified the types of military aircraft controlled on the CCL and clarified and expanded the lists of items controlled only for anti-terrorism reasons; among other things. The State Department published a companion final rule describing more precisely the items that remain controlled in USML Categories VIII (aircraft and related articles) and XIX (gas turbine engines and associated equipment).

Trade-Related News in a Flash 11.18.16

November 18, 2016

Subject: House Overwhelmingly Passes Iran Sanctions Extension Act; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Enforcement Actions; New AD/CVD Orders; and Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

BIS Extends Temporary General License for Chinese Telecom Company ZTE

November 18, 2016

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) extended the Temporary General License that authorizes (for a specified time period) exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) to ZTE Corporation and its affiliate, ZTE Kangxun, under the same licensing requirements and policies that were in place prior to their addition to the Entity List on March 8, 2016. The Temporary General License now expires on February 27, 2017.

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 11.17.16

November 17, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "OFAC, BIS Implement More Cuba-Related Changes", "DDTC: CJs Will No Longer Be Accepted Through EFS", "OFAC Issues New Belarus-Related General License", and "OFAC Issues Interpretive Guidance on “Publishing” Activities". View Newsletter→

House Overwhelmingly Passes Iran Sanctions Extension Act

November 17, 2016

On November 15, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed (by a vote of 419 to 1) a bill that would extend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 for a period of ten years. The Act, which is set to expire on December 31, 2016, serves as statutory authority for sanctions on Iran’s energy sector and has been expanded to become the basis for a number of economic sanctions on Iran. Prior to becoming law, the bill must pass the Senate and be signed by the President.

National Oilwell Varco Agrees to Pay $25 Million for Alleged U.S. Sanctions, Export Violations

November 15, 2016

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently entered into settlement agreements with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and a Non-Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, to resolve charges that it violated U.S. sanctions and export control laws and regulations, agreeing to pay a total of $25 million. According to OFAC's allegations, NOV and two of its subsidiaries engaged in unlawful transactions related to the sale and/or exportation of goods or services to Cuba, Iran, and Sudan between 2002 and 2009. According to BIS's allegations, NOV and one of its subsidiary’s engaged in conduct involving the unlawful exportation of items to Iran (between 2006 and 2007) and Oman (in 2012).

Trade-Related News in a Flash 11.11.16

November 11, 2016

Subject: BIS Amends EAR to Implement Termination of U.S. Arms Embargo-Related Controls on Certain Countries; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Enforcement Actions; and Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

DDTC Launches IT Modernization Webpage

November 10, 2016

On November 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced that all communication related to its IT Modernization effort can now be found on the new IT Modernization Outreach page. View Webpage→

Jamie Joiner to Discuss Sanctions, ECR, and Enforcement at HCC

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On November 30, 2016, Jamie Joiner will highlight the year’s major changes to U.S. export controls and sanctions at a networking event hosted by the International Compliance Professionals’ Association (ICPA) Houston DATA Group at HCC’s Spring Branch Campus. The event also provides an opportunity for Houston area trade compliance professionals to network and share experiences and ideas. Please RSVP to Joy Peterson (jspeterson@medline.com) Flyer→

DDTC: CJs Soon No Longer Accepted Through EFS

October 31, 2016

Effective Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 5 pm. (EST), the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will no longer use the Electronic Form Submission (EFS) application to accept Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) requests. Rather, beginning Monday, November 21, 2016, users must submit CJ applications via the Defense Export Control and Compliance System (DECCS) CJ application. DDTC has posted on its website a webinar regarding the DECCS deployment.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 10.28.16

October 28, 2016

Subject: OFAC Issues New Belarus-Related General License; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Enforcement Actions; and Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 10.20.16

October 20, 2016

This newsletter features five articles entitled, "Practical Insights with Jamie Joiner: DOJ Issues Guidance Encouraging Business Organizations to Voluntarily Self-Disclose Criminal Export Controls & Sanctions Violations", "Export Control Reform Continues with Removal of Certain Night Vision, Laser, Guidance, Other Items from USML Cat. XII", "BIS Implements 2015 Wassenaar Changes", "U.S. Terminates Burma (Myanmar) Sanctions Program", and "CBP Pushes Back ACE Transition for Post-Release Capabilities". View Newsletter→

OFAC Issues New Belarus-Related General License

October 18, 2016

On October 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) extended the authorization that generally permits U.S. persons to engage in transactions with certain Belarusian parties identified on OFAC’s SDN List, including Belneftekhim, by issuing another six-month general license scheduled to expire on April 30, 2017. With the exception of the general license’s expiration date, there are no substantive changes between it and the former general license that was scheduled to expire on October 31, 2016. Learn More→

BIS, OFAC Implement Another Round of Cuba Changes

October 17, 2016

Today, BIS and OFAC published more Cuba amendments. BIS’s amendments include a clarification regarding License Exception AVS, an expansion of License Exception SCP, and revisions to the lists of Cuban officials ineligible for certain license exceptions. OFAC’s amendments include authorizations for certain transactions related to Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals and joint medical research; an expansion of existing authorizations for grants and humanitarian-related services; and revisions that further facilitate authorized travel and commerce.

DOJ Issues Guidance Encouraging Voluntary Self-Disclosures

October 13, 2016

DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD) recently published guidance encouraging business organizations to voluntarily self-disclose criminal violations of U.S. export controls and sanctions and setting forth the criteria NSD uses in exercising its prosecutorial discretion in this area. The guidance also describes the possible benefits that could be afforded to an organization that makes a voluntary self-disclosure, which includes significantly reduced penalties.

Export Control Reform Continues with Removal of Items from USML Cat. XII

October 12, 2016

On October 12, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule describing articles the President determined no longer warrant control under USML Category XII (Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment) in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and transferring them to the control of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The State Department published a companion final rule.

U.S. Terminates Burma Sanctions Program

October 10, 2016

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the Burma sanctions program. As a result, the economic and financial sanctions administered by OFAC with respect to Burma are no longer in effect, including the ban on importation into the U.S. of Burmese-origin jadeite and rubies (and any jewelry containing them), as well as all other OFAC-administered restrictions under the Burma sanctions program. Individuals and entities blocked pursuant to the Burma Sanctions Regulations have also been removed from OFAC’s SDN List.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 10.7.16

October 7, 2016

Subject: CBP Releases More Information on Post-Release Capabilities in ACE; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; Enforcement Actions; New AD/CVD Orders; Enforcement Actions; and Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

CBP Pushes Back ACE Transition for Post-Release Capabilities

September 29, 2016

On Sept. 29, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that in order to allow additional time for all stakeholders to prepare for the mandatory transition of post-release capabilities in ACE, and to provide an opportunity to receive public comment, CBP is postponing the Oct. 29, 2016 transition date. The new target date for the transition, which is set to include the mandatory use of ACE for liquidation, drawback, reconciliation, duty deferral, collections, statements, and the Automated Surety Interface, is January 2017.

Harmonized Tariff Schedule Updated in the AES

September 27, 2016

On September 26, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the Harmonized Tariff Schedule tables have been updated in the Automated Export System (AES) to include August 2016 changes from the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The Act, which became law earlier this year, is intended to help American businesses compete in the global marketplace by strengthening U.S. trade enforcement efforts and enhancing transparency, accountability, and coordination among federal agencies.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 9.23.16

September 23, 2016

Subject: BIS Implements 2015 Wassenaar Changes; General Regulatory Information; ACE and Automated Systems; New AD/CVD Orders; Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 9.22.16

September 22, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "BIS, State Harmonize Destination Control Statement", "Electronic Drawback, Duty Deferral Filings and Liquidations Soon Processed in ACE", "BIS Proposes to Extend Time Limit for Temporary Exports to Mexico under TMP", and "U.S. Intends to Lift Sanctions on Myanmar (Burma); Lifts Sanctions on Côte d’Ivoire". View Newsletter→

BIS, State Harmonize Destination Control Statement

September 22, 2016

One of the purposes of the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative is to harmonize provisions between the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), where warranted. Read More→

Electronic Drawback, Duty Deferral Filings and Liquidations Soon Processed in ACE

September 22, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) recently published a notice announcing that, effective October 1, 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”) will be the sole CBP-authorized electronic data interchange (EDI) system for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. Read More→

BIS Proposes to Extend Time Limit for Temporary Exports to Mexico under TMP

September 22, 2016

On August 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a proposed rule that would align the time limit of License Exception Temporary Exports, Reexports, and Transfers (In-Country) (“License Exception TMP”), for certain temporary exports to Mexico, with the time limit of Mexico’s IMMEX program—a program used by U.S. and foreign manufacturers to lower production costs by temporarily importing production materials into Mexico. Read More→

BIS Implements 2015 Wassenaar Changes

September 20, 2016

On Sept. 20, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the EAR to implement 2015 changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s list of dual-use goods and technologies. Among other things, the rule revises ECCNs controlled for national security reasons in each category of the CCL, raises the Adjusted Peak Performance (APP) for high performance computers, updates license requirements and policies associated with Category 5 – Part 2 of the CCL, and removes the Foreign National Review requirement associated with deemed exports under License Exceptions CIV and APP. Learn More→

President Announces Intention to Lift U.S. Sanctions on Myanmar (Burma)

September 15, 2016

Yesterday, in a joint statement issued with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, President Obama announced his intention to terminate the Burma (Myanmar) sanctions program. OFAC subsequently announced that the President’s decision will become legally effective upon his issuance of a new Executive Order (EO) terminating the national emergency declared with respect to Burma and revoking previous Burma EOs.

U.S. Lifts Sanctions on Côte d’Ivoire

September 14, 2016

Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) terminating the Côte d’Ivoire-related sanctions program. In conjunction with the issuance of the EO, OFAC updated the SDN List with Côte d’Ivoire-related removals. The president cited the progress achieved in the stabilization of Côte d’Ivoire as the primary reason for terminating the national emergency declared with respect to the country and also noted the removal of multilateral sanctions on Côte d’Ivoire by the U.N. Security Council.

CBP Launches Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Webpage

September 13, 2016

Yesterday, CBP issued a press release announcing that it has launched the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 webpage, which showcases news updates on trade enforcement and trade facilitation efforts in various areas, including anti-dumping/countervailing duties, forced labor, and ACE. Learn More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 8.18.16

August 18, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "OFAC Provides More Guidance Regarding General License H", "CBP Implements Phased Mandatory Transition to ACE", "Export Control Reform Continues with the Removal of USML Cat. XIV, XVIII Articles", and "OFAC Publishes Iran-Related General License J". View Newsletter→

OFAC Publishes Iran-Related General License J

August 18, 2016

On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published General License J authorizing the reexportation by non-U.S. persons of “eligible aircraft” (and a narrow scope of related equipment and technology) to Iran on temporary sojourn, provided that specific requirements are met. Read More→

Joiner Law Firm Welcomes New Case Assistant

August 18, 2016

We are pleased to announce the addition of Kia Ives to our legal support team. Kia joins Joiner Law Firm as a Case Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Administration of Justice and is currently working on her master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas Southern University. Read More→

OFAC Provides More Guidance on (Iran-Related) General License H

July 25, 2016

Last month, OFAC added nine FAQs (K.14 – K.22) related to foreign entities owned or controlled by U.S. persons. The FAQs confirm several things, but we’ll just mention a few. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 7.21.16

July 21, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "Multiple Definitions Updated in Export Control Regulations", "BIS Amends Guidelines on Administrative Penalties", "DOT Announces Final, Tentative U.S.-Cuba Commercial Flights", and "BIS Revises 3 ECCNs Related to Chemicals, Viruses, and Biological Materials". View Newsletter→

Joiner Law Firm Welcomes New CFO/CAO

July 21, 2016

We are pleased to introduce you to a new addition to our team – Wendy Airlie. Wendy joined Joiner Law Firm in May 2016 as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (CFO/CAO). Read More→

Multiple Definitions Updated in Export Control Regulations

July 21, 2016

On June 3rd, as part of the Export Control Reform Initiative (ECR), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by revising and adding multiple definitions in the EAR, in addition to making a number of other revisions.Read More→

BIS Amends Guidelines on Administrative Penalties

July 21, 2016

On June 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended its Guidance on Charging and Penalty Determinations in Settlement of Administrative Enforcement Cases, found in Supplement No. 1 to part 766 (“Guidelines”) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), to make civil penalty determinations more predictable, transparent, and aligned with those promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Read More→

DOT Announces Final, Tentative U.S.-Cuba Commercial Flights

July 21, 2016

On June 10th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved six domestic airlines to provide scheduled U.S.-Cuba passenger flights between certain U.S. cities and Cuban cities (other than Havana). Read More→

BIS Revises 3 ECCNs Related to Chemicals, Viruses, and Biological Materials/h2>

July 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement recent intersessional decisions and understandings reached by the Australia Group (AG). Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 6.9.16

June 9, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "Multiple Arms Embargoes Terminated", "OFAC Amends Burmese Sanctions Program", "The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act: What It Means to You…", and "OFAC Extends Belarus-Related General License". View Newsletter→

Multiple Arms Embargoes Terminated

June 8, 2016

During the past month, the United States has removed certain restrictions on the export of defense articles and defense services destined to particular countries. Below is a brief synopsis of the arms embargoes or sanctions regimes that have recently been terminated. Read More→

OFAC Amends Burmese Sanctions Program

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On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Burmese Sanctions Regulations to demonstrate the Administration’s support for Burma’s recent political reforms (including the peaceful and democratic elections in November 2015) and economic growth. Read More→

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act: What It Means to You…

June 8, 2016

President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 earlier this year and called the legislation “an important milestone to the overall U.S. trade agenda. Read More→

OFAC Extends Belarus-Related General License

June 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) generally prohibits U.S. persons from doing any business with Belarusian parties identified on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List, which includes Belneftekhim, the largest exporter of Belarusian products to the United States. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 4.28.16

April 28, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "DOJ Sheds More Light on Balancing Anti-Discrimination, Export Control Laws", "State Dep't Updates List of Eligible Imports from Cuban Entrepreneurs", "U.S. to Renegotiate 2013 Wassenaar Controls on ‘Intrusion Software’", and "BIS Modifies Missile Technology Licensing Policy, Other Provisions to Reflect 2015 MTCR Changes". View Newsletter→

Employee Spotlight: Meet Mike Wilson

April 28, 2016

Mike joined Joiner Law Firm as Senior Counsel in December 2015 and advises clients on international trade compliance issues, including U.S. export controls, trade sanctions, import regulations, and customs matters. We decided to interview Mike to allow our readers to learn more about the newest member of our team. Read More→

DOJ Sheds More Light on Balancing Anti-Discrimination, Export Control Laws

April 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently published a Technical Assistance Letter concerning whether an employer may lawfully request certain information or documentation related to the citizenship and immigration status of applicants or new hires to comply with U.S. export control regulations. Read More→

State Dep't Updates List of Eligible Imports from Cuban Entrepreneurs

April 28, 2016

On April 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of State updated its “Section 515.582 List,” the list of goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs that are authorized for importation into the United States. Read More→

U.S. to Renegotiate 2013 Wassenaar Controls on ‘Intrusion Software’

April 28, 2016

In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a proposed rule implementing the agreements made by the Wassenaar Arrangement at its 2013 plenary meeting. Read More→

BIS Modifies Missile Technology Licensing Policy, Other Provisions to Reflect 2015 MTCR Changes

April 28, 2016

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to, among other things, revise BIS’s Missile Technology (MT) licensing policy and to amend six Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs). Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 4.14.16

April 14, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "OFAC Publishes Iran-Related General License I and Related FAQs", "OFAC, BIS Implement More Cuba Changes", "OFAC: MasterCard Failed to Report Blocked Accounts", and "JLF Anniversary Tribute: The Best Thing about Working at Joiner Law Firm …". View Newsletter→

OFAC Publishes Iran-Related General License I and Related FAQs

April 14, 2016

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License I authorizing certain transactions ordinarily incident to activities eligible for authorization under the Statement of Licensing Policy for Activities Related to the Export or Re-export to Iran of Commercial Passenger Aircraft and Related Parts and Services (SLP). Read More→

OFAC, BIS Implement More Cuba Changes

April 14, 2016

On the eve of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took another step toward normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations by amending their respective regulations. Read More→

OFAC: MasterCard Failed to Report Blocked Accounts

April 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently issued a Finding of Violation to MasterCard International, Inc. (MasterCard) for violating the Reporting Procedures and Penalties Regulations (RPPR) by failing to report blocked accounts to OFAC. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 2.18.16

February 18, 2016

This newsletter features five articles entitled, "BIS Issues Proposed Rule Revising CCL Entries for Military Aircraft, Gas Turbine Engines", "U.S. House, Senate Pass Bill Strengthening U.S. Sanctions on N. Korea", "Barclays Agrees to Pay Nearly $2.5 Million for Alleged Zimbabwe Sanctions Violations", "U.S., Cuba Sign Agreement to Re-Establish Commercial Flights" and "OFAC Issues FOV to Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary; Reminds U.S. Companies to Properly Train Staff". View Newsletter→

U.S., Cuba Sign Agreement to Re-Establish Commercial Flights

February 18, 2016

On February 16, 2016, the United States and Cuba signed an arrangement to re-establish scheduled air services (commercial flights) between the two countries. Read More→

BIS Issues Proposed Rule Revising CCL Entries for Military Aircraft, Gas Turbine Engines

February 18, 2016

On February 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a proposed rule to revise the Commerce Control List (CCL) entries for military aircraft and military gas turbine engines (as well as related items). Read More→

U.S. House, Senate Pass Bill Strengthening U.S. Sanctions on N. Korea

February 18, 2016

On February 10, 2016, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016, an amended version of the House bill passed last month, to strengthen the enforcement of sanctions against North Korea. Read More→

Barclays Agrees to Pay Nearly $2.5 Million for Alleged Zimbabwe Sanctions Violations

February 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently announced that Barclays Bank Plc, based in the UK, has agreed to pay $2,485,890 to settle charges that it violated the Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations. Read More→

OFAC Issues FOV to Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary; Reminds U.S. Companies to Properly Train Staff

February 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently issued a Finding of Violation to Johnson & Johnson Middle East Inc. (JJME), a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for facilitating the export of consumer hygiene goods to Sudan in violation of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 2.4.16

February 4, 2016

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "OFAC Publishes Iran-Related General License I and Related FAQs", "OFAC, BIS Implement More Cuba Changes", "OFAC: MasterCard Failed to Report Blocked Accounts", and "JLF Anniversary Tribute: The Best Thing about Working at Joiner Law Firm …". View Newsletter→

OFAC, BIS Implement More Changes in Support of President’s Cuba Policy

February 4, 2016

On January 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), respectively, to further implement policy measures announced by Pres. Obama on December 17, 2014 for the purpose of engaging and empowering the Cuban people. Read More→

BIS Denies Export Privileges of UK-Based Company for Attempted Reexport of Aircraft to Iran

February 4, 2016

On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) temporarily denied the export privileges of, among others, AF-Aviation Limited, a ferry flight service provider headquartered in the UK, based on evidence of an imminent violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) involving the reexport of two Boeing 737 aircraft from Romania to Iran without the required U.S. government authorization. The aircraft are subject to the EAR and controlled for anti-terrorism reasons.Read More→

CBP Expands U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program

February 4, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), together with Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit, recently inaugurated the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program pilot at the Mesa de Otay facility in Tijuana, Mexico. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 1.25.16

January 25, 2016

This newsletter features three articles entitled, "Understanding the U.S. sanctions relief afforded under the Iran nuclear deal", "U.S. to suspend duty-free benefits on South African agricultural products", and "What Exporters can Learn from Hetran…Just Say No!". View Newsletter→

Understanding changes to U.S. sanctions under the Iran nuclear deal

January 25, 2016

On January 16th, as a result of Iran verifiably meeting its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. lifted the bulk of its secondary sanctions on Iran, which targeted certain sectors of Iran’s economy, including its financial services; energy and petrochemical; automotive; gold and precious metals; and shipping, shipbuilding and port sectors. Read More→

U.S. to suspend duty-free benefits on South African agricultural products

January 25, 2016

Last week, President Obama issued a proclamation to suspend the duty-free treatment afforded to South African agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), effective March 15, 2016. Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm 1.7.16

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This newsletter features four articles entitled, "U.S. Lifts Ban on Crude Oil Exports!", "OFAC Issues Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations", "DDTC: Exporters No Longer Required to Deposit Licenses with CBP", and "Pres. Obama Cuts Tariff Rates on Environmental Goods". View Newsletter→

U.S. Lifts Ban on Crude Oil Exports!

January 7, 2016

The U.S. has officially lifted the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. In response, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) posted a notice stating that an export license is no longer required to export crude oil. Read More→

OFAC Issues Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations

January 7, 2016

On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued the Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations. Read More→

DDTC: Exporters No Longer Required to Deposit Licenses with CBP

January 7, 2016

On December 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced that exporters are no longer required to deposit permanent export licenses with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prior to filing in the Automated Export System (AES) or the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Read More→

Pres. Obama Cuts Tariff Rates on Environmental Goods

January 7, 2016

On December 23, 2015, President Obama issued a proclamation modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to reduce applied tariff rates to 5 percent or less on 54 environmental products, including certain equipment or apparatus used in waste management, gas or water purification, environmental monitoring, air pollution control, and alternative energy systems. Read More→

Past Events (2016)

Below are Joiner Law Firm related events of 2016:

NOV30 Jamie Joiner to Discuss Sanctions, ECR, and Enforcement at HCC

Jamie Joiner will highlight the year’s major changes to U.S. export controls and sanctions at a networking event hosted by the International Compliance Professionals’ Association (ICPA) Houston DATA Group at HCC’s Spring Branch Campus. The event also provides an opportunity for Houston area trade compliance professionals to network and share experiences and ideas. Please RSVP to Joy Peterson (jspeterson@medline.com), Manager, Global Trade Compliance at Medline Industries, Inc. Flyer


OCT31 Joiner Trade Solutions® is a Proud Exhibitor at BIS Update 2016

The Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) annual Update Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about current trends in the export control arena, network with colleagues, and learn about programs and services offered by U.S. Government and industry exhibitors. Visit us at our JTS booth at the conference! Link


SEP22 Houston DEC - Export University (Level 200 Course)

Joiner Trade Solutions® is a proud sponsor of Export University. During this Export University event, attendees will learn how using ATA Carnets can help their respective companies expand into international markets efficiently and cost effectively, as well as best practices with regards to export and foreign clearance documentation. Link


SEP20 Jamie Joiner to Present on Trade Compliance for Transportation Intermediaries

Jamie Joiner will present on U.S. Export Controls & Sanctions Compliance for Transportation Intermediaries in a webinar hosted by Roanoke Trade. Jamie will discuss the many changes to the U.S. sanctions programs targeting Iran, Cuba, and Russia, among others, as well as Export Control Reform and the resulting changes to the U.S. export controls system that affect not only exporters but also their service providers. Link


FEB3 Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance

This conference will provide information on import and export compliance. Joiner Law Firm will present on Export Licensing Strategies and Classifications. Other speakers will discuss customs-related topics including U.S. Customs Audits, Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties, Transaction Value & Transfer Pricing, and Risk Mitigation in M&A Transactions. Register