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As reported in our blog post of Tuesday 7 January (see here), the EU Foreign Affairs Council met on Friday 10 January 2020 to discuss recent developments involving Iran and the situation in Iraq. The EU Foreign Ministers assessed the consequences of recent events and emphasised their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA“), stating that it was “a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture.” However, Ministers called for Iran to…

On 30 December 2019, the updated Annex I (the “Dual-Use List”) to Regulation 428/2009 (the “Dual-Use Regulation”) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (see here). The updated Regulation came into effect on 31 December 2019. The changes to the Dual-Use List reflect updates to the international non-proliferation agreements during the previous year. The majority of the changes result from amendments agreed to the Wassenaar Arrangement including: a new decontrol note for ‘open-cell…

On 12 December 2019, the European Commission announced that it has sanctioned Chinese exporters of table- and kitchenware involved in circumventing EU anti-dumping measures by doubling the duty rate applicable to them. The announcement said: The decision follows a thorough investigation launched by the Commission on its own initiative (ex officio) in March this year, given a sharp rise in exports of some Chinese companies over the past five years (2014-2018). The investigation has confirmed…

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has posted on its website an advance copy of a Federal Register notice [Docket No. USTR-2019-0003] that advises the public that USTR is reviewing the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation involving the enforcement of U.S. WTO rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute. Annex I to the notice contains a list of products currently subject to 10% or 25% additional duties (See 84 Fed.…

In approximately one month, the next round of changes to the EU Dual-Use list will take effect. On 17 October 2019, the European Commission adopted a delegated Regulation updating Annex I to Regulation 428/2009 (the “Dual-Use List”). The update is not yet in force, but is currently halfway through a two month period during which the European Parliament or Council can raise any objections to the proposed changes. Once this two month period has lapsed in mid-December,…

On 8 November 2019, the European Commission announced that EU Member States endorsed the trade agreement between the EU and Singapore allowing the EU’s first agreement with a Southeast Asian country to enter into force as soon as 21 November. According to the announcement: Singapore is by far the EU’s largest trading partner in the Southeast Asian region, with total bilateral trade in goods of over €53 billion and another €51 billion of trade in…

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 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 October 18, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) will publish in the Federal Register a notice of technical adjustments to the Section 301 Action: Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in Large Civil Aircraft Dispute[Docket No. USTR-2019-0003] that was published in the Federal Register on October 9 (84 Fed. Reg. 54245) and will be effective on October 18. The notice makes technical changes in order to implement the intended scope of the…

On October 17, 2019, CBP issued CSMS #40281968 – Additional Duty on Products of the Countries of the European Union Under Large Civil Aircraft Section 301 Trade Remedy Action, which 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 Dispute Settlement Body recommendations concerning certain subsidies to the EU large…