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

June 21, 2018

Today, in response to requests for additional time, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it is extending the comment period for the May 30, 2018 notice which requested comments regarding the effects on national security of imports of automobiles and automotive parts.  Comments and requests to appear at the public hearings were originally due by June 22, 2018, but will now be accepted until June 29, 2018.  Additionally, the rebuttal period has been extended to July 13, 2018.

U.S. Takes Steps to Curb China’s Trade Practices

June 20, 2018

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice announcing the imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on certain products from China that have an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018.  The administration is still accepting comments and will hold a public hearing on whether the duty will be imposed on additional products with an approximate trade value of $16 billion.  This coincides with the administration’s plan to impose a tariff of $50 billion on goods imported from China containing industrially significant technology.

Happy Father’s Day

June 15, 2018

Joiner Law Firm would like to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to all the master grillers, expert navigators, and wise fathers in our lives and yours. We don’t know where we’d be without our dads!

Commerce Unveils New ZTE Settlement, Lifts Denial Order

June 11, 2018

Last week, Secretary of Commerce Ross announced that ZTE Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively, “ZTE”) have agreed to severe additional penalties and compliance measures to remove the BIS denial order imposed as a result of ZTE’s violations of its March 2017 settlement agreement.  ZTE must pay $1 billion and place an additional $400 million in suspended penalty money in escrow before BIS will remove ZTE from the Denied Persons List.  These penalties are in addition to the $892 million in penalties ZTE has already paid to the U.S government under the March 2017 settlement agreement.  ZTE must also retain a team of special compliance coordinators selected by and answerable to BIS for a period of 10 years and replace the entire board of directors and senior leadership for both entities.

Issuance of Ukraine-/Russia-related General License

June 5, 2018

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Ukraine-/Russia-related General License 16. General License 16 authorizes U.S. persons to engage in specified transactions related to winding down or maintaining business involving EN+ Group PLC, JSC EuroSibEnergo, or any entity in which EN+ Group PLC or JSC EuroSibEnergo owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, until Oct. 23, 2018.  

OFAC Issues Ukraine-/Russia-related General Licenses

May 22, 2018

Today, OFAC issued Ukraine-/Russia-related General License 15 which authorizes U.S. persons to engage in specified transactions related to winding down or maintaining business with GAZ Group and its subsidiaries until Oct. 23, 2018.  OFAC also issued Ukraine-/Russia-related General License 12C, which replaces and supersedes General License 12B in its entirety.  General License 12C permits originating and intermediary U.S. financial institutions to process funds transfers (that they would otherwise block) to an account held by a blocked U.S. person at a U.S. financial institution.  It also clarifies that U.S. financial institutions can release such funds for authorized maintenance and wind-down purposes.  Lastly, OFAC posted six new FAQs and revisions to existing FAQs about these general licenses.  

Executive Order Further Prohibits Venezuelan-Related Transactions

May 21, 2018

Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to further prohibit Venezuelan-related transactions. Among other restrictions, today’s Executive Order prohibits persons in the U.S. from purchasing any debt or collateral owed to the government of Venezuela. This order follows sanctions imposed in March and is in response to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s victory and second term in an election that U.S. officials classify as corrupt and in direct opposition to democratic order.

State, Commerce Issue Proposed Rules Transferring Certain Cat. I, II & III Items from USML to CCL

May 15, 2018

This week, the U.S. Department of State posted a proposed rule that would amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to revise Categories I (firearms, close assault weapons and combat shotguns), II (guns and armament) and III (ammunition and ordnance) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to describe more precisely the articles warranting export and temporary import control on the USML.  Read More→

Upcoming Events

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

Event List
  • Jun22 New Anti-Corruption and Trade Laws and Other Developments (Houston, TX)

    Join the International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas for a breakfast meeting on New Anti-Corruption and Trade Laws and Other Developments, featuring Joiner Law Firm’s Senior Associate, Lindsey Roskopf. More Info→

  • Jun25 Global Reverse Trade Mission – Large-Scale Gas Infrastructure (Houston, TX; Washington, D.C.)

    Join the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for a reverse trade mission that will bring public officials and private sector decision-makers from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Panama, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam to the United States for meetings with U.S. businesses. All delegates will first travel to Houston, Texas and then to Washington, D.C. A business briefing will be a part of the itinerary. More Info→

  • JUL17 2018 U.S.-China Aviation Symposium (Beijing, China)

    Join the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for the 2018 U.S.–China Aviation Symposium, along with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC ), and the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). The event will allow industry leaders and U.S. government officials to engage in a high-level forum, in an effort to enhance the U.S. and China’s partnership in the aviation sector. More Info→

  • JUL31 Fourth Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G·TEC) (Dallas, TX)

    The NCBFAA Educational Institute is proud to invite all global logistics professionals to the Fourth Annual Global Trade Educational Conference (G·TEC). This two-day event will give customs brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, OTI, service providers, importers, exporters and all global logistics professionals an opportunity to update themselves on industry developments and connect with colleagues. More Info→