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On September 28, 2020, the State Department published in the Federal Register the initial Cuba Prohibited Accommodations List [Public Notice 11217] identifying properties subject to additional prohibitions with respect to certain lodging-related transactions under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). The State Department will update the CPA List periodically via the Federal Register and on its website. On September 29, 2020, the State Department published in the Federal Register an update to its List of…

On September 28, 2020, CBP issued CSMS #44243021 – GUIDANCE: Section 301 Tranche 1 – $34B Action Extension of Product Exclusions from China, which is reproduced below: Background On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register (FR) Notice 85 FR 59587 to extend through December 31, 2020 certain product exclusions previously covered by the September 20, 2019 notice (see 84 FR 49564) for Section 301 duties on China (Tranche 1 – $34B Action). This product exclusion extension relates…

On September 25, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register a general notice that announces modifications to CBP’s test program for submitting electronic Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission applications. Specifically, this notice announces that the zone identification number is being expanded from seven to nine digits and that test participants will now have the ability to submit “replace” requests to modify parts of an admission while retaining the original filing date,…

On September 25, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. BIS-2020-0002] on reopening of the comment period for previously published notice of request for public comments. On June 3, 2020, the BIS published the Notice of Request for Public Comments on Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Vanadium. The June 3 notice specified that the Secretary of Commerce initiated an investigation to determine…

On September 23, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register a notice that announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue until October 21, 2020, to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in the document. In a separate notice published…

On September 23, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration published in the Federal Register a proposed rule [Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0053] to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the FDA has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List. The proposed rule would require these entities to establish and maintain records containing information on critical tracking events in the supply chain for these designated foods, such as growing,…

On September 22, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published notice of the allocations of additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 in-quota quantities of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar as announced by the Secretary of Agriculture. On September 10, 2020, the Secretary of Agriculture announced an additional in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY2020 (ending September 30, 2020) in the amount…

On September 22, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register, a notice of product exclusion extensions from the List/Tranche 2 ($16 Bn.) action. The notice announces the US Trade Representative’s determination to extend 17 exclusions through December 31, 2020. US Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the Annexes to…

On September 22, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register, a notice of product exclusion extensions from the List/Tranche 1 ($34 Bn.) action. The 62 product exclusion extensions announced in the notice apply as of September 20, 2020, and extend through December 31, 2020. US Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. The exclusions are available for any product that meets the…

On 29 August 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government’s Emirates News Agency (Wakalat Anba’a al Emarat, or ‘WAM’) publicly announced that H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, issued Federal Decree Law No. 4 of 2020 (the “UAE Israeli Boycott Repeal Law“), abolishing Federal Decree Law No. 15 of 1972 Concerning the Arab League Boycott of Israel (the “UAE Israeli Boycott Law“). The UAE Israeli Boycott Repeal Law follows the announcement of the…