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On June 13, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice of product exclusions [Docket No. USTR–2018–0001] from the safeguard measure on imports of certain solar products imposed on January 23, 2018, by the President imposed pursuant to a Section 201 investigation. On February 14, 2018, USTR established a procedure to request product-specific exclusions from application of the safeguard measure. On September 19, 2018, USTR granted certain…

On May 31, 2019, USTR posted a notice stating that USTR will post a Federal Register notice that extends the amount of time certain goods exported from China have to enter the United States before they will be subject to an additional tariff increase from 10 percent to 25 percent. On June 10, 2019, USTR published the Federal Register notice extending the time for covered products that were exported from China to the United States…

On June 10, 2019, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), US Department of Commerce, published in the Federal Register an interim final rule [Docket No. 180227217–8217–03] that changes the process for requesting exclusions from the duties and quantitative limitations on imports of aluminum and steel discussed in two Commerce interim final rules implementing the exclusion process authorized by the President as part of the action he took to adjust imports under Section 232 of…

On June 5, 2019, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice: 10783] proposing to extend the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Certain Categories of Archaeological Material from the Prehispanic Cultures of the Republic of El Salvador (MOU). A copy of the MOU, the Designated List of…

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Trump Administration announced additional changes to its Cuba policy, further restricting group people-to-people educational travel and limiting the types of aircraft and vessels authorized to travel to Cuba on temporary sojourn. Tuesday’s actions are intended to prevent travel from the United States to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services. These changes, which took effect on June 5, 2019, are a further step toward implementation of…

On June 4, 2019, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing USTR’s determination to grant additional exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to the notice. USTR will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis. The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply as of the July 6, 2018 effective date of the $34 billion action, and will extend for one year after the…

Pursuant to our client alert on Dual-Use Items last year, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOC“) has shifted its focus from revising and updating the Notification Regulating the Dual-Use Items, dated 16 October 2015, previously issued under the existing Export and Import of Goods, Act B.E. 2522 (1979) to the enactment of the new Trade Control on Weapons of Mass Destruction Related Items Act (“WMD Act“). On 30 April 2019, the WMD Act was enacted and announced in…

The Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM) announced on 31 May 2019 that the Chinese government will introduce an “Unreliable Entity List” regime, under which foreign entities or individuals that boycott or cut off supplies to Chinese companies for non-commercial purposes and causing serious damages to Chinese companies would be listed as “Unreliable Entities”. The specific rules, including the list itself and the restrictive measures applicable to the listed entities, will be separately released in…

On May 21, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974 [not yet published in the Federal Register], which terminates the designation of India as a beneficiary developing country, effective June 5, 2019. To reflect this termination, general notes 4(a) and 4(d) and pertinent subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) are modified as set forth in Annex A…