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On November 13, 2019, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. 191105-0076] that amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding twenty-two entities, under a total of thirty-two entries, to the Entity List. These twenty-two entities have been determined by the US Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These entities will be listed on…

On October 25, 2019, USTR announced that President Trump is suspending $1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on its failure to adequately provide internationally-recognized worker rights. In addition, the President is restoring some GSP benefits for Ukraine following its passage of legislation aimed at addressing shortcomings in its intellectual property (IP) regime. USTR also announced it is opening new GSP eligibility reviews for two countries:  South…

On 21 February, 2019, the Department for International Trade (DIT) issued guidance entitled, Existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, which sets out the status of those agreements (free trade agreements, economic partnership agreements, association agreements and customs union) that may not be in place by exit day. It also links to trade agreements that have been signed and mutual recognition agreements that have been signed.

On January 31, 2019, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of request from the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property [Public Notice 10647]. State received this request on November 26, 2018. Jordan’s request seeks US import restrictions on archaeological material representing…

On 30 August 2016, the Official Journal published Decision No 1/2016 of the EU-Jordan Association Committee of 19 July 2016 amending the provisions of Protocol 3 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association ‘between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, concerning the definition of the concept of originating products’ and the list of working or processing required to be carried out on non-originating materials in order for certain categories of products, manufactured in dedicated development zones and industrial areas, and connected with generating employment for Syrian refugees and Jordanians, to obtain originating status [2016/1436]. The Decision would temporarily relax applicable rules of origin to allow for certain goods produced in facilities located in one of the designated Development Zones and Industrial Areas in Jordan to be subject to less stringent rules of origin for the purpose of determining preferential treatment on import into the Union than would otherwise apply. This temporary relaxation of applicable rules of origin would be part of the Union’s support to Jordan in the context of the Syrian crisis and with the aim of mitigating the costs imposed by hosting a large number of Syrian refugees. The Union considers that the requested relaxation of the rules of origin would contribute to the overall objective that was set by Jordan in the framework of the International Conference on Supporting Syria and the Region, held in London on 4 February 2016, of creating approximately 200 000 job opportunities for Syrian refugees.

On 30 August 2016, the Official Journal published Decision No 1/2016 of the EU-Jordan Association Committee of 19 July 2016 amending the provisions of Protocol 3 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association ‘between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, concerning the definition of the concept of originating products’ and the list of working or processing required to be carried out on non-originating materials in order for certain categories of products, manufactured in dedicated development zones and industrial areas, and connected with generating employment for Syrian refugees and Jordanians, to obtain originating status [2016/1436].

On March 18, 2014, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will participate in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). CBP says that CSI increases security for maritime containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world by addressing the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential threat of terrorists and terrorist weapons in the maritime environment. The Port of Aqaba will utilize near…

CSMS #13-000615 dated December 18, 2013 announced that each Free Trade Agreement (FTA) page on CBp.gov has been updated and expanded to include the following documents: Implementation Instructions Attachment A (Certification of Origin) General Note Link (Always current) Regulation Link (Always current) Agreement Text USITC Report (Includes the General note, the goods that went free immediately and the phase-out schedule to determine future duty rates.) Summaries and Reports (USTR) Implementation Act (The public law.) Presidential…

On 24 October 2013, the European Commission announced that it had adopted proposals to extend the partial exemption from duty drawback prohibition in the origin protocols to the Association Agreements with Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia until 31 December 2015. These measures continue to allow imports free of customs duty into the EU of products originating in these countries, without them having to levy full customs duty on imported materials used in the…