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