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On 12 January 2021, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced new measures to ensure that UK companies are neither complicit in, nor profit from, alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang, China. See press release here. Under the new measures, the UK will review export controls in order to prevent exports of goods potentially contributing, either directly or indirectly, to alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. This review will determine specific items that will become subject to…

On January 19, 2021, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notification of continuation of temporary travel restrictions at land ports of entry and ferries between the United States and Mexico from January 22, 2021 until February 21, 2021. For purposes of the temporary alteration in certain designated ports of entry operations authorized under 19 U.S.C. 1318(b)(1)(C) and…

On January 15, 2021, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice that announces the U.S. Trade USTR’s determination to make a technical amendment to a previously granted exclusion and the extension to that exclusion. The product exclusion amendment announced in annex A of the notice will apply from September 24, 2018 to August 7, 2020. The product exclusion extension amendment announced in annex B of the notice…

On January 15, 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket DARS–2019–0063] adopting as final, with changes, an interim rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 related to the procurement of covered telecommunications equipment or services. Specifically, the rule prohibits the use of telecommunications equipment or services from certain Chinese entities…

On January 15, 2021, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of Commerce, published in the Federal Register a notice announcing that, effective immediately upon publication of the notice, it is discontinuing its policy to issue liquidation instructions in certain segments of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) administrative proceedings to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 15 days after publication or mailing, whichever applies, of final administrative determinations where no statutory injunction…

On January 12, 2021, Global Affairs Canada announced that the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade announced measures related to the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Canada is gravely concerned with evidence and reports of human rights violations in the People’s Republic of China involving members of the Uyghur ethnic minority and other minorities within the…

On 10 January 2021, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) promulgated the Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-territorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures (the “Blocking Rules”), which came into effect the same day. The Blocking Rules were formulated in accordance with the PRC National Security Law, and aim to (amongst others) counteract the impact on Chinese companies and citizens caused by unjustified extra-territorial application of foreign legislation and other relevant measures…

On January 7, 2021, the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the tariff action in the Section 301 investigation of France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) will be suspended. The additional 25% ad valorem tariffs on certain products of France were announced in July 2020, and were scheduled to go into effect on January 6, 2021. The USTR has decided to suspend the tariffs in light of the ongoing investigation of similar DSTs adopted or under…

On January 12, 2021, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register individual determinations regarding whether the Digital Services Taxes (DST) of India, Turkey and Italy are actionable pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. India: USTR has determined that India’s DST is unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens or restricts US commerce and thus is actionable under Section 301. Based on information obtained during the investigation,…

On January 12, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a final rule [CBP Dec. 21-01] that amends CBP regulations to reflect an extension of import restrictions on certain categories of archaeological material of the Italian Republic (Italy). The restrictions, which were originally imposed by Treasury Decision 01-06 and last extended by CBP Decision (CBP Dec.) 16-02, are due to expire on January 12, 2021. The Assistant Secretary for Educational…