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JLF Participates in HBA Book Drive

September 19, 2017

This month, Joiner Law Firm combined forces with the Houston Bar Association for their annual HBA Book Drive! Our team scoured through bookshelves and personal libraries to collect and facilitate the donation of over 100 books! Through the HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee, the books will be donated to a number of different literacy programs around Houston.  Learn More→

Iran Sanctions Waivers Extended, Policy Review Ongoing

September 15, 2017

Yesterday, the Trump administration extended certain sanctions waivers pertaining to Iran in what some consider to be a primarily procedural action.  The administration’s plans regarding the Iran nuclear deal, however, should become more apparent in October (when the administration is required to re-certify whether Iran is compliant with the nuclear deal).  The president also continued to reiterate that Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal and that the deal itself is “one of the worst” he’s seen.  The State Department emphasized that despite the extension of the waivers, the administration’s review of U.S. policy toward Iran, including the nuclear deal, is ongoing.  The extension was accompanied by new Iran-related sanctions on 11 individuals and entities.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 9.15.17

September 15, 2017

Iran Sanctions Waivers Extended, Policy Review Ongoing; General Updates; ACE and Automated Systems, New AD/CVD Orders, Enforcement; Events & Opportunities; and Let's Celebrate! View Mailer→

UN Security Council Imposes New, Tougher Sanctions on N. Korea

September 12, 2017

Yesterday, the UN Security Council ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea in response to claims that it detonated a hydrogen bomb on Sept. 3rd. In an effort to thwart funding for the country’s nuclear weapons programs, the new UN resolution extends current sanctions and imposes new ones, including a general ban on the sale of natural gas liquids to North Korea, the export of textiles from North Korea, and the use of North Korea’s overseas laborers. In addition, the resolution reduces the regime’s access to oil, which U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, states is the “lifeblood” of its nuclear weapons program. Haley praised China for its role in supporting and helping to pass the sanctions, and stated that the sanctions will cut “$1.3 billion in annual revenues” from North Korea.

Trade-Related News in a Flash 9.8.17

September 8, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to UN Makes Case for Possibly Leaving Iran Nuclear Deal; General Updates; Enforcement; and Let's Celebrate! View Mailer→

BIS Seeks Comments on Effects of Extending Foreign Policy-Based Export Controls

September 7, 2017

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a notice requesting public comments on the effect of existing foreign policy-based export controls in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  BIS is required to consult with industry on the effect of these controls and to report the results to Congress.  The controls apply to a range of countries, items, activities, and persons.  Industry comments will help BIS determine whether its foreign policy-based export controls should be continued for another year.  Comments are due by Oct. 10, 2017.

Upcoming Events

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

Event List
  • SEP20 JLF Attorneys to Present at Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference (Houston, TX)

    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→

  • OCT3-5 Update 2017 Conference on Export Controls and Policy (Washington, D.C.)

    Join the Bureau of Industry and Security for the 30th annual Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy, in Washington, D.C. This major outreach activity draws business and government representatives from around the world to learn and exchange ideas about export control issues. It is one of the Department’s most notable international trade events. More Info→

  • OCT16-27 Upcoming Vietnam Power Transmission Modernization Reverse Trade Mission (U.S.)

    Join the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for the Vietnam Transmission Modernization Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). The USTDA will host a delegation of officials from Vietnam’s National Power Transmission Corporation and related subsidiary transmission companies. The RTM is scheduled for Oct. 16-27, 2017, and will take place in Washington, DC; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. The purpose of this RTM is to introduce delegates to U.S. technologies and industry best practices in the electric power transmission sector. More Info→