China – Ban on U.S. beef imports lifted

On September 22, 2016, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced that it has lifted its decade old ban on some beef products from the United States following a recently concluded review of the U.S. supply system. The ban on bone-in and boneless beef from cattle under 30 months old from the United States was removed effective immediately. Authorities will formulate rules on traceability and quarantine for the beef products.  China halted beef imports from the United States in 2003 to prevent the spread of mad cow disease.

EU suspends restrictive measures against FARC

On 27 September 2016, the Official Journal published Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1711 of 27 September 2016 amending Common Position 2001/931/CFSP on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism (the Decision) and Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1710 of 27 September 2016 amending Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 on specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism (the Regulation). Read more…

US – CBP announces User Fee Advisory Committee meeting

On September 26, 2016, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection User Fee Advisory Committee (UFAC) will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, in Miami, FL. The meeting will be open to the public. Meeting participants may attend either in person or via webinar after pre-registering (by 5 p.m. on October 17, 2016) using a method set forth in the Federal Register notice.  The location, agenda and other details are set forth in the notice.

US – DDTC issues summary report on its Company Visit Program

The Department of State’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC) has issued a summary report covering May 2015 through April 2016 for its Company Visit Program (“CVP”), which was re-launched in 2015.  The program includes onsite visits to industry as an extension of DDTC’s outreach initiatives (“CVP-O”) and engagement in existing compliance cases (“CVP-C”).  DDTC states that additional reports will follow.  The reports will share some company best practices, provide recommendations for improving compliance programs, and include firsthand information DDTC learned through our onsite interaction. The information included in the first report is limited to DDTC’s site visits and does not include observations or recommendations identified through disclosures or other enforcement activities. The reports are non-attributional and do not include any data identified as being related to a specific company.Read more…

Vietnam – Decree issued for preferential tariffs in 2016-2019

On 1 September 2016, the Government issued Decree 09 to implement for 2016-2019 the Free Trade Agreements of which Vietnam is a Party. The Decree came into effect at the same time as the  Law on Export and Import Tax in 2016. Previously preferential tariffs were announced by the Minister of Finance in the form of circulars, but pursuant to Section 11 of the Law on Export and Import Tax in 2016, the implementation will be in the form of Government Decrees. The following Government Decrees were issued as part of Decree 9:Read more…

House of Lords issues report on invoking Art. 50 (Brexit)

On 13 September 2016, the House of Lords Constitution Committee published its report, “The invoking of Article 50” on the process by which the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union. The Committee accepts that the referendum result is clear and therefore must be implemented, but it is also firmly of the view that Parliament must be involved: “The Government should not trigger Article 50 [TEU] without consulting Parliament.”Read more…