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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 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 15, 2020, the Treasury Department published the anticipated final rule modifying the scope of the critical technology filing requirement under the regulations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The final rule tracks the proposed rule issued on May 21, 2020 in aligning more closely filing requirements for foreign investments with export licensing requirements. Effective October 15, 2020, filings will be mandatory for foreign investments in US critical technology businesses if…

On September 21, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pushed back the submission deadline for comments related to the letter of attestation process for exports of certain personal protection equipment (PPE). FEMA published the request for comments in July 2020 but reportedly did not receive any. The export restrictions and letter of attestation process was created earlier this year in response to potential shortages of certain kinds of PPE as a result of the…

On 19 September 2020, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) issued the Regulations on Unreliable Entity List (“UEL Regulations”), which take effect on the same date. While MOFCOM has not named any specific foreign entity to be included on the Unreliable Entity List (UEL), the UEL Regulations set out the principles for the implementation of the UEL system as summarized below. What entities will be included in the UEL? The UEL consists…

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…