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On January 11, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS #45453497 – GUIDANCE: Revision of Section 301 Action: Enforcement of U.S. World Trade Organization Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute, which is provided below: The purpose of this message is to provide notice of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) determination to revise the list of products subject to additional duties under the Section 301 Large Civil Aircraft (LCA) remedies, imposing additional 15…

On January 6, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket No. USTR-2020-0042] (an advance copy of which was posted on USTR’s website on December 30, 2020) that USTR has determined to revise the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation, “Enforcement of US WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute,” to mirror the approach taken by the European Union (EU) in exercising its World Trade Organization (WTO)…

On December 30, 2020, the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted on its website an advance copy of a Federal Register notice [Docket No. USTR-2020-0042] that USTR has determined to revise the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation, “Enforcement of US WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute,” to mirror the approach taken by the European Union (EU) in exercising its World Trade Organization (WTO) authorization in the Boeing dispute. In implementing this approach,…

On December 29, 2020, the Federal Register published Presidential Proclamation 10128 of December 22, 2020 – To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and for Other Purposes, which takes the following actions: Designates the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country for purposes of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and modifies general note 16(a) to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to…

The European Commission has released the full text of the 1256 page Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Atomic Energy Community for Cooperation on the Safe and Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy and the conclusion, by the European Commission, on behalf of the European Atomic Energy Community, of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of…

On 24 December 2020, European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the European Union and the United Kingdom had reached an agreement on their future trading relationship. The agreement comes just a week before the UK’s transition period ends. If an agreement had not been reached, goods from the UK would be subject to WTO duties and quotas. The agreement requires the approval of all 27 EU…

On 7 October 2020, the European Commission adopted the revised Annex I (the “Dual-Use List“) to Regulation 428/2009 (the “Dual-Use Regulation“) (see here). The new Dual-Use List came into force on 15 December 2020. The Dual-Use List is refreshed on an annual basis to take into account updates to international non-proliferation regimes and export control arrangements. The latest updates reflect changes from reviews carried out by the Wassenaar Arrangement in particular, and also from reviews by…

On 8 December 2020, the Department for International Trade (DIT) announced its independent approach to the longstanding trade conflicts between the EU and US around steel, aluminium and aerospace tariffs. The announcement said: To defend the UK steel industry, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is rolling over tariffs in response to the unjustified ‘Section 232’ tariffs imposed by the US on aluminium and steel imports. These tariffs will continue from January 1st when the UK…

The UK Department for International Trade has recently published guidance on how the UK will transpose and implement the EU Blocking Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) 2271/96) post-Brexit. The EU Blocking Regulation seeks to counter the extra-territorial impact of certain US sanctions (the “proscribed US sanctions”), currently in respect of Iran and Cuba (please see our previous blog post on updates of the EU Blocking Regulation in respect of Iran here). During the transition period, the EU…

Food labelling changes postponed until 1 October 2022 for foods sold in Great Britain; Northern Ireland will continue to follow the EU rules for food labelling. On 12 October 2020, the UK government updated its guidance on the food and drink labelling rules applicable from 1 January 2021. Previous guidance had indicated that foods sold in Great Britain (GB) would require labelling changes from 1 January 2021, but according to the updated guidance, the requirements…