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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 10, 2019, the Department of the Treasury published in the Federal Register a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). On the basis of the best information currently available to Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott: Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,…

The Swiss Government recently announced that licences will no longer be permitted for war materials (“Kreigsmaterial”) exported to end users in Lebanon. Previously, a licence could be obtained for war materials supplied to groups responsible for the protection of Politically Exposed Persons, subject to a declaration of no re-export without written Swiss permission and on-site checks. The change in approach resulted from a post-shipment verification in 2018, which allowed only for the physical verification of…

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 February 6, 2019, the Treasury Department published in the Federal Register  a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). On the basis of the best information currently available to Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3)…

On July 31, 2018, the Federal Register published Presidential Notice of July 27, 2018 – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon, which continues the national emergency originally declared on August 1, 2007, by Executive Order 13441 to with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions of certain persons to undermine Lebanon’s legitimate and democratically elected government or democratic institutions; to contribute to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in Lebanon, including through politically motivated violence and intimidation; to reassert Syrian control or contribute to Syrian interference in Lebanon; or to infringe upon or undermine Lebanese sovereignty. Such actions contribute to political and economic instability in that country and the region.

On May 16, 2018, the Department of the Treasury published in the Federal Register, in accordance with section 999(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC), a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the IRC). On the basis of the best information currently available to Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or…