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U.S. Reinforces Sanctions on Russia

June 21, 2017

In an effort to counter attempts to circumvent U.S. sanctions on Russia and to assist the private sector in complying with U.S. sanctions, OFAC identified a number of individuals and entities involved in the conflict in Ukraine and added them either to the SDN List or Sectoral Sanctions Identification (SSI) List.  The Treasury Department stated that its actions are “consistent with the U.S. commitment to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine,” and reiterated that the sanctions on Russia will “remain in place until Russia fully honors its obligations under the Minsk Agreements.” In the agreements, Russia consented to a cease-fire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from Eastern Ukraine.  BIS is also adding Ukraine-/Russia-related entities to the Entity List.   The U.S.’ recent actions align with those of international partners such as the EU (which recently extended sanctions on Russia).

Trump Issues New Cuba Policy Restricting Travel, Transactions Involving Cuba

June 16, 2017

Today, the White House unveiled that it is changing U.S. policy toward Cuba by reinstituting certain restrictions on travel and other business involving Cuba, previously eased under the Obama administration. The Trump administration stated that the previous policy enriched and rewarded the Cuban military regime.  Read More→

Trade-Related News in a Flash 6.16.17

June 16, 2017

Subject: Trump Issues New Cuba Policy Restricting Travel, Transactions Involving Cuba; General Updates; ACE and Automated Systems; New AD/CVD Orders; Enforcements; and Events & Opportunities. View Mailer→

U.S. Senate Passes Iran, Russia Sanctions Bill

June 16, 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran and Russia.  With respect to Iran, the bill authorizes additional sanctions related to the country’s ballistic missile program and human rights violations, as well as sanctions related to the sale or transfer of certain military equipment to Iran. Read More→

MA, NY Company Agree to Pay Large Sums, Complete External Audits to Settle Alleged Export Violations

June 15, 2017

According to BIS, two companies agreed to pay $700,000 and $28,000, respectively, to settle export-related charges.  Axis Communications (of Massachusetts) allegedly exported thermal imaging cameras to Mexico without the required licenses and failed to comply with the EAR’s recordkeeping requirements.  Additionally, Cryomech, Inc. (of New York) allegedly exported LNP-20 Liquid Nitrogen Plant (an EAR99 item) to the Russian Federal Nuclear Center-VNIIEF, without the required license.  Axis and Cryomech were also ordered, respectively, to hire an unaffiliated third-party consultant (with expertise in U.S. export controls laws) to audit their export controls compliance programs.

News & Events from Joiner Law Firm - New updates re: OFAC Penalties, AD/CVD, NAFTA, DOJ and More!

June 15, 2017

This newsletter features four articles entitled, "U.S. Appeals Court Sets Aside $4.07 Million OFAC Penalty," "CBP Posts Intent to Distribute AD, CV Duties to Affected Domestic Producers," "Trump Administration Seeks Public Input to Help Shape NAFTA Negotiations," and "DOJ Issues New Memo on Charging and Sentencing Policy." Read More→

U.S., PRC Finalize Plans for Exports of U.S. Beef to China

June 13, 2017

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it has reached agreement with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the final details of a protocol that will allow U.S. exports of beef and beef products to enter the Chinese market for the first time since 2003.  The actions undertaken are part of the U.S.-China 100-day plan announced last month.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service has posted requirements for companies seeking to send beef and beef products to China, and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) updated its Export Library specifying China’s requirements for certifying U.S. beef entering its markets.

Upcoming Events

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

Event List
  • JUL26 Port of Houston Appreciation Luncheon (Houston, TX)

    Join the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce for the Port of Houston Appreciation Luncheon, which will include a keynote speech from Roger Guenther (Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority) and a wealth of information involving strategies business owners can implement when conducting international business. Other event details can be found here. Register→

  • 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 attorney, Thomas Ludwig, 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→