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On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Trump Administration announced additional changes to its Cuba policy, further restricting group people-to-people educational travel and limiting the types of aircraft and vessels authorized to travel to Cuba on temporary sojourn. Tuesday’s actions are intended to prevent travel from the United States to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services. These changes, which took effect on June 5, 2019, are a further step toward implementation of…

On June 4, 2019, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing USTR’s determination to grant additional exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to the notice. USTR will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis. The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply as of the July 6, 2018 effective date of the $34 billion action, and will extend for one year after the…

Pursuant to our client alert on Dual-Use Items last year, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOC“) has shifted its focus from revising and updating the Notification Regulating the Dual-Use Items, dated 16 October 2015, previously issued under the existing Export and Import of Goods, Act B.E. 2522 (1979) to the enactment of the new Trade Control on Weapons of Mass Destruction Related Items Act (“WMD Act“). On 30 April 2019, the WMD Act was enacted and announced in…

The Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM) announced on 31 May 2019 that the Chinese government will introduce an “Unreliable Entity List” regime, under which foreign entities or individuals that boycott or cut off supplies to Chinese companies for non-commercial purposes and causing serious damages to Chinese companies would be listed as “Unreliable Entities”. The specific rules, including the list itself and the restrictive measures applicable to the listed entities, will be separately released in…

On May 21, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974 [not yet published in the Federal Register], which terminates the designation of India as a beneficiary developing country, effective June 5, 2019. To reflect this termination, general notes 4(a) and 4(d) and pertinent subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) are modified as set forth in Annex A…

On June 3, 2019, an advance copy of a Federal Register notice from the US Trade Representative (USTR) to be published on June 4, was made available for public inspection. The notice announces USTR’s determination to grant additional exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to the notice. USTR will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis.

On May 31, 2019, US Trade Representative (USTR) posted a notice stating that USTR will post a Federal Register notice that extends the amount of time certain goods exported from China have to enter the United States before they will be subject to an additional tariff increase from 10 percent to 25 percent. Covered products that were exported from China to the United States prior to May 10, 2019 will remain subject to an additional…

On May 31, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice of intent to distribute for Fiscal Year 2019, pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000, assessed antidumping or countervailing duties (known as the continued dumping and subsidy offset) for Fiscal Year 2019 in connection with countervailing duty orders, antidumping duty orders, or findings under the Antidumping Act of 1921. This document provides the instructions…

On May 30, 2019, President Trump announced that, beginning on June 10, 2019, the United States will impose additional duties on all articles imported into the United States from Mexico (via land, sea or air) on an escalating schedule until Mexico does more to stop the flow of illegal migrants to the United States. This tweet was then followed by a longer statement issued by the White House (available here). That statement accuses Mexico of…