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On October 8, 2021, the International Trade Administration (“ITA”) published a request for comments on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States during the period January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. The request is limited to subsidies provided by countries that had exports accounting for at least one percent of total US imports of softwood lumber by quantity, as classified under…

The Trade Specialised Committee on Customs Cooperation and Rules of Origin (the “Committee”) is scheduled to meet for the first time on Thursday 7 October. The joint EU/UK Committee was established by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“TCA”) with the role of monitoring and reviewing the consistency in implementation of the TCA Rules of Origin across the EU and the UK as well as related enforcement, and to provide a joint forum for discussing…

Baker McKenzie’s Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog published “United States: US Customs and Border Protection issues FAQs on Forced Labor Reiterating Commitment to Enforcement and Encouraging Companies to Implement Compliance Programs,” which can be viewed here.

On 25 August 2021 the EU Commission published guidance on the transitional rules of origin in the pan-Euro-Mediterranean area (the “Transitional Rules”). The EU is currently amending 21 origin protocols within the pan-Euro-Mediterranean (“PEM”) area by implementing an alternative set of rules of origin which will apply alongside the rules of the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin (the “PEM Convention”). The amendments will apply on a bilateral basis pending the adoption of…

Baker McKenzie’s Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog published “US Customs and Border Protection Issues FAQs on Forced Labor Reiterating Commitment to Enforcement and Encouraging Companies to Implement Compliance Programs,” which can be viewed here.