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In a Joint Statement with the UK, on June 17, 2021, the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced, that: The United States and the United Kingdom [today] reached an understanding to resolve a long-standing trade irritant relating to large civil aircraft. This development strengthens our special relationship and builds on the revitalized Atlantic Charter, which affirms our ongoing commitment to sustaining and defending our enduring values against new and old challenges. The framework provides that the…

On June 16, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a final rule [CBP Dec. 21-09] that amends the CBP regulations to reflect the imposition of import restrictions on certain categories of archaeological and ethnological material from the Republic of Turkey (Turkey). These restrictions are being imposed pursuant to an agreement between the United States and Turkey (the Agreement) that has been entered into under the authority of the Convention…

On 15 June 2021, the UK Government announced that the UK has secured a trade deal with Australia eliminating tariffs on all UK goods and boosting jobs and businesses across the country, in the first major trade deal negotiated from scratch by the Government since the UK left the EU. The announcement said that the main elements of the deal were agreed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a…

On June 15, 2021, the White House announced that the US and European Union (EU) have reached an agreement in the 16-year WTO Boeing-Airbus dispute and agreed to address shared challenges from China. The US and EU will suspend tariffs that were authorized by the WTO that are related to this dispute for five years and work together to challenge and counter China’s non-market practices in this sector in specific ways that reflect standards for fair competition. This includes collaboration on inward…

The Ever-Changing International Trade Landscape We are pleased to invite you to our Virtual Global Trade Conference. In lieu of our annual conference in Bellevue, WA, we are excited to again provide a virtual offering available to all our clients and friends worldwide! The conference will be comprised of nine one-hour sessions over the course of three days. Please join us on July 13, 14 and 15 for any or all sessions. Our international trade…

On June 14, 2021, the Transportation Security Administration (SA), Department of Homeland Security published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. TSA-2020-0001] s announcing the opportunity for manufacturers, shippers, suppliers, warehouses, vendors, e-commerce fulfillment centers, and third-party logistics providers in the air cargo supply chain to become a Secured Packing Facility (SPF). SPFs must apply security controls to secure cargo that moves through the supply chain destined for outbound international locations onboard all-cargo aircraft…

On June 14, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a notice [EPA-HQ-OPPT-2021-0286; FRL-10023-61] announcing the availability of an electronic option for submitting the export notifications that are required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As an alternative to the hardcopy approach, which is still available, EPA is also now accepting the required export notifications electronically using EPA’s electronic document submission system, the Central Data Exchange (CDX). Use of CDX…

On June 11, 2021, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that the Parties to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) intend to hold the first meeting of the Labor Council virtually, on June 29, 2021. The session will include a government-to-government Labor Council meeting and a virtual public session on implementation of the USMCA labor chapter. The USTR and the US Department of Labor (DOL)…

The EU Taxation and Customs Union announced that new VAT rules on cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce transactions will enter into effect on 1 July. The following is from the announcement: Everyone in the e-commerce supply chain is affected, from online sellers and marketplaces/platforms both inside and outside the EU, to postal operators and couriers, customs and tax administrations, right through to consumers. Online sellers, including online marketplaces/platformscan register in one EU Member State and this will be valid…

On 9 June 2021, the Swiss Government announced that the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) and the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on customs cooperation in Moscow on 9 June 2021. The main objective of the MoU is to promote technical cooperation and the exchange of best practices in various areas. The MoU also provides an opportunity to optimise processes in the cross-border movement of goods with…