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U.S. Continues Limited Sanctions Relief for Belarus

April 28, 2017

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) extended for another six months the authorization that generally permits U.S. persons to engage in transactions with certain sanctioned Belarusian entities (including petrochemical conglomerate Belneftekhim). The new general license authorizing these transactions is effective until October 30, 2017. The previous general license was set to expire on April 30th.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 4.28.17

April 28, 2017

Subject: Treasury: No Waivers Will Be Issued for U.S. Companies, including Exxon, to Bypass Russian Sanctions; General Updates; ACE and Automated Systems; New AD/CVD Orders; Enforcement Actions; and Events & Opportunities. View Mailer→

U.S. Sanctions 271 Employees of Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center

April 24, 2017

In response to the chemical weapons attack of April 4, 2017 in Syria, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) – the agency that the U.S. says is responsible for the development and production of the type of non-conventional weapons used in the attack. This is one of the largest sanctions actions in U.S. history and reflects the U.S.’ intention to hold the Assad regime accountable and to thwart the spread of such chemical weapons. The sanctions essentially freeze the assets of the named individuals and prohibit U.S. persons from generally doing business with them.

JLF Salutes Astronaut Peggy Whitson

April 24, 2017

Joiner Law Firm joins the world in congratulating NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for breaking the U.S. record for the most cumulative days in space. NASA stated that she “is the first woman to command the space station twice, and holds the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.” President Trump made an earth-to-space call to congratulate Ms. Whitson earlier today. Read More→

Treasury: No Waivers Will Be Issued for U.S. Companies, including Exxon, to Bypass Russian Sanctions

April 21, 2017

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced on Friday that the Treasury Department will not issue any waivers to U.S. companies, including multinational oil and gas corporation, Exxon Mobil, “authorizing drilling prohibited by current Russian sanctions.” The Trump Administration has repeatedly stated that the U.S. sanctions on Russia, including those targeting Russia’s energy sector, will remain intact until Russia reverses the actions that triggered the sanctions – namely, its occupation and purported annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.  According to various news sources, Exxon Mobil applied for a waiver from the sanctions in order to resume work on a joint venture with Rosneft – a company majority owned by the Russian government.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 4.21.17

April 21, 2017

Subject: Trump Says Iran Not Living Up to "Spirit" of Nuclear Deal; Orders Interagency Review; General Updates; ACE and Automated Systems; New AD/CVD Orders; Enforcement Actions; and Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government). View Mailer→

Upcoming Events

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

Event List
  • MAY10 Jamie Joiner to Discuss U.S.-China Energy Trade at HBA Event (Houston, TX)

    To help put the Trump administration’s developing policy regarding China in perspective, Jamie Joiner and other panelists from academia and Chinese state owned entities will discuss topics related to US-China energy trade, current Chinese energy policy, and U.S. law impacting Chinese energy trade and investment. This event is organized by the Houston Bar Association’s International Law Section. View Flyer→

  • MAY11 Houston Export Forum (Houston, TX)

    Join SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration in honoring the best small business owners and champions in Houston. The event includes an Export Forum, an expo, and a luncheon. The export forum will include a presentation on building your own export business and a keynote address by Patrick Jankowski, a regional economist and Vice President of Research at the Greater Houston Partnership, discussing Houston’s International Economy, exporting and international trade. Register→

  • MAY17 Jamie Joiner to Present on Export Controls and Sanctions Compliance for Freight Forwarders (Houston, TX)

    Join the Houston Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarder Association (HCBFFA) on May 17, 2017 to hear Jamie Joiner present on the export and sanctions compliance responsibilities of freight forwarders; practical compliance tips for freight forwarders in working with U.S. exporters/shippers; and recent changes and enforcement actions in the export controls and sanctions arena. Jamie's presentation will also include an outlook under the new administration. Register→

  • MAY22 State of Houston’s Global Economy (Houston, TX)

    The Greater Houston Partnership invites you to attend its third annual State of Houston's Global Economy event. This event will start with a panel discussion among three executives who lead global institutions in Houston, followed by a keynote address on the global economic outlook by Dr. Stuart P.M. Mackintosh, Executive Director, Group of Thirty. The Partnership will also share its research into the importance of global trade and investment to Houston's economy. Register→