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BIS Issues Revised Process on Aluminum and Steel Exclusion Requests

September 7, 2018

As a result of comments received from the March 19 rule on remedies to the actions taken by President Trump’s issuance of Proclamations 9704 and 9705 to protect national security from threats resulting from imports of aluminum and steel, the Department of Commerce instituted a new process, effective September 11, for submitting objections to exclusion requests. BIS expects the revisions to the rule to make significant improvements to the current process for submitting tariff exclusion requests.

BIS Amends 17 ECCNs for MTCR Changes

August 30, 2018

On August 30, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations to reflect changes to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Annex that were agreed to by MTCR member countries in 2017. This final rule updates the following seventeen ECCNs: 1B117, 1B118, 1C111, 1C118, 2B109, 2B120, 2B121, 2B122, 6A107, 7A105, 7A107, 7A116, 9A012, 9A101, 9A115, 9A515, and 9A610.

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm - Update on Iran Sanctions and More!

August 23, 2018

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "Executive Order is Issued to Reimpose Certain Iran Sanctions," "Additional Updates on China Tariffs," "Trump Administration Signs Export Controls Act," and "U.S. Government Issues Advisory of Risks for Businesses with Supply Chain Links to North Korea." View Newsletter→

Update on China Tariffs

August 8, 2018

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that it has finalized the second list of tariff codes, covering an estimated $16 billion in Chinese imports, that will be subject to an additional 25% duty rate.  CBP will begin collecting these tariffs starting on August 23, 2018. The USTR also announced that it is extending the public comment period on the third list of tariff codes, covering approximately $200 billion in Chinese imports, that would have been subject to an additional 10% duty.  In response to President Trump’s recent request that the additional duty rate be raised to 25%, the USTR has extended the public comment period to accept feedback on this potential increase.  The comment period will now be extended to September 6, 2018.

HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee: 25 for 25 Book Drive

August 2, 2018

Joiner Law Firm is proud to participate in the Houston Bar Association’s Literacy Committee’s annual book drive. Help the HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee collect 25,000 books on their 25th anniversary! Read More→

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm - China Tariff Updates and More!

July 17, 2018

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "Update on China Tariffs Amid Escalating Trade Dispute," "Commerce Department Lifts ZTE Denial Order," "OFAC Revokes JCPOA General Licenses and Amends ITSR," and "Proposed Rules Transfer Firearms and Related Articles from USML to CCL." View Newsletter→

U.S. Announces Proposed 10% Tariff on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Imports

July 13, 2018

In the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced a proposed new 10% ad valorem tariff on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. This list identifies thousands of Chinese products – including foods, consumer goods, tobacco, chemicals, coal, steel and aluminum – representing an approximate annual trade value of $200 billion. Read More→

Commerce Extends Comment Period re: Section 232 Investigation into Imports of Automobiles, Automotive Parts

June 28, 2018

In furtherance of the President’s May 8, 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, OFAC has officially revoked Iran-related General Licenses H and I.  Specifically, OFAC has issued two new general licenses authorizing the wind down, through August 6, 2018, of transactions previously authorized under General License I, and the wind down, through November 4, 2018, of transactions previously authorized under General License H.  Read More→

Upcoming Events

The following events related to international trade may be of interest to you:

Event List
  • OCT21 2018 ICPA Fall Conference (Grapevine, TX)

    Join another fabulous ICPA event in the historic Grapevine, Texas! Great sessions with a touch of Texas flare to enjoy. You won't be disappointed with this smaller version of their annual event. You can expect Three Tracks – Import, Export, General; International Trade Compliance hot topics; and speakers that are experienced, knowledgeable professionals. Register→

  • OCT22 SIA 2018 Fall Advanced Conference (Arlington, VA)

    The Society for International Affairs is hosting their 2018 Fall International Trade Export Licensing & Compliance Conference this month at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virgina. This informative conference will center on addressing real-life scenarios, pitfalls and best practices on topics that are at the forefront of defense trade today. Register→