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On October 31, 2019, the US Trade Representative announced that President Trump notified Congress and the Government of Cameroon of his intent to terminate the eligibility of Cameroon for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as of January 1, 2020, due to persistent gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Based on the results of the required annual AGOA eligibility review, the President determined that Cameroon engages in gross violations…

On October 31, 2019, the Federal Register published Presidential Proclamation 9955 of October 25, 2019 To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes. The Proclamation: terminates the suspension of Ukraine from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, effective 5 days after the date of the proclamation, and modifies general note 4(d) and pertinent subheadings of the HTS as set forth in Annex 1 to the proclamation; suspends the…

On October 29, 2019, CBP issued CSMS #40430843 – Additional Duty on Products of the Countries of the European Union Under Large Civil Aircraft Section 301 Trade Remedy Action, which updates guidance provided in CSMS #40281968 on the same subject. It is reproduced below: BACKGROUND The U.S. Trade Representative has determined that the EU and certain member states have denied U.S. rights under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and have failed to implement WTO…

On October 10, 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, and Salim Essa of South Africa (“the Guptas”) as Specially Designated Nationals (“SDNs”). The Guptas and their business associate, Essa, were designated in connection with their involvement in corruption under Executive Order 13818 (EO 13818), which implements and expands upon the sanctions authorities set out in the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The…

October 30, 2019 by Nicholas F. Coward, Alexandre (Alex) Lamy and Meghan Hamilton On October 17, 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) re-issued and amended as General License No. 13D (“GL 13D”) to continue the validity period for transactions concerning Nynas AB and its affiliates (“Nynas”), as further described below. In addition, on October 21, 2019, OFAC re-issued as General License No. 8D (“GL 8D”) to continue the validity period certain maintenance activities involving Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PdVSA”)…

On October 23, 2019, the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it had deleted two Turkish ministries and three Turkish individuals from the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”). These five parties had been designated to the SDN List on October 14, 2019 pursuant to Executive Order 13894 (EO 13894) for contributing to Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria. Please see our blog post regarding EO 13894 here. OFAC’s…

On 21 October 2019, the EU announced that the EU and Norway notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of their interim appeal arbitration arrangement pursuant to Article 25 of the Disputes Settlement Understanding in the event that the Appellate Body is not able to hear appeals of panel reports in any future dispute between the European Union and Norway due to an insufficient number of its members. In such cases the European Union and Norway…

On 23 October 2019, the WTO announced that at an informal meeting of the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee, China introduced to the parties to the GPA its sixth revised market access offer in the context of its negotiations to join the GPA. The revised offer was circulated to GPA parties on 21 October. Chairman Carlos Vanderloo of Canada called this “a very significant development” and the parties also welcomed China’s revised offer while…

On October 24, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted on its website an advance copy of a notice to be published in the Federal Register granting additional product exclusions from the $200 billion action (List 3/third tranche) assessing Sec. 301 tariffs imposed on products of Chinese origin. As set out in the Annex to the notice, the exclusions are reflected in 83 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 95 separate exclusion…

On October 24, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register an invitation for applications [Docket No. USTR-2019-0018] from eligible individuals wishing to be included on the roster of individuals to serve on binational panels convened to review final determinations in antidumping or countervailing duty (AD/CVD) proceedings and amendments to AD/CVD statutes of a NAFTA Party for the period April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021. The United States…