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The 8 senior Iranian government officials were targeted for their involvement and complicity in Iran’s ballistic missile strikes on US bases in Iraq on January 7, 2019 and include the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian armed forces, and the head of the Basij militia of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. In addition, in an effort to constrain Iranian sources of revenue used to fund and…

As reported in our blog post of Tuesday 7 January (see here), the EU Foreign Affairs Council met on Friday 10 January 2020 to discuss recent developments involving Iran and the situation in Iraq. The EU Foreign Ministers assessed the consequences of recent events and emphasised their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA“), stating that it was “a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture.” However, Ministers called for Iran to…

On 1 January 2020, an approximate total of 23 legislative instruments (primarily consisting of amending legislations) affecting various aspects of trade and customs entered into force. An overview of the key changes is set out below: Amendments to primary legislations – Amendments spanning across approximately 172 pages in aggregate were effected to four primary legislations. This includes the Customs Act 1967 (Customs Act), the Free Zones Act 1990 (Free Zones Act), the Excise Act 1976 (Excise Act) and the Sales Tax Act…

Join us, Thursday, January 16th for a webinar entitled, “The End of the JCPOA?”. This webinar will address the effects of the possible reintroduction of UN and EU sanctions on Iran given recent developments concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We will also cover: a brief introduction to the current situation, including the JCPOA, the recent escalation between Iran and the United States, and the EU and US response;  how the United Nations multilateral…

On 28 December 2019, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) released a new draft of the Export Control Law (ECL) (“2019 Draft”), an update from the 2017 version circulated by the Ministry of Commerce. Click here to refer to our client alert on the 2017 Draft. The 2019 Draft is now open for public comment until 26 January 2020. If enacted, the ECL will be China’s first comprehensive and…

On 30 December 2019, the updated Annex I (the “Dual-Use List”) to Regulation 428/2009 (the “Dual-Use Regulation”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (see here). The updated Regulation came into effect on 31 December 2019. The changes to the Dual-Use List reflect updates to the international non-proliferation agreements during the previous year. The majority of the changes result from amendments agreed to the Wassenaar Arrangement including: a new decontrol note for ‘open-cell…

On January 6, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register an interim final rule (with request for comments) [Docket No. 191217-0116] that amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to make certain items subject to the EAR and to impose a license requirement for the export and reexport of those items to all destinations, except Canada. Specifically, this rule classifies software specially designed to automate the analysis of geospatial imagery,…

On January 3, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published in the Federal Register a document [WC Docket No. 18–89; FCC 19–121; FRS 16316] seeking comment on actions to address national security threats to networks funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF). The FCC concurrently adopted a Report and Order addressing the use of USF support to purchase or obtain any equipment or services produced or provided by a covered company posing a national security…

On January 3, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published in the Federal Register a final rule [WC Docket No. 18–89, PS Docket Nos. 19– 351, 19–352; FCC 19–121; FRS 16315], effective on publication, that prospectively prohibits the use of Universal Service Fund (USF) funds to purchase or obtain any equipment or services produced or provided by a covered company posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply…

The 2020 Basic Edition of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is now available for downloading at: https://hts.usitc.gov/current. The full Basic Edition is https://hts.usitc.gov/view/finalCopy?release=2020HTSABasic or you can do Chapter by Chapter. It includes all changes made through Proclamation 9974 of December 26. 2019 (published in the Federal Register on Dec. 30, 2019).