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In brief The Ministry of Trade (MOT) has issued Minister of Trade Regulation No. 59 of 2020 (“Regulation 59”) which is an amendment to Minister of Trade Regulation No. 118/M-DAG/PER/12/2015 on Import Provisions for Complementary Goods, Goods for the Purpose of Market Testing, and After-Sales Service (“Regulation 118”). Regulation 59 was issued to limit the number of industries allowed to import manufactured goods in the form of complementary goods, goods for the purpose of market…

In brief Since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, there has been significant uncertainty regarding the practical application of the UK’s international commitments (in particular, under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement) on subsidy control. However, on 30 June 2021, the Government outlined its main legislative proposals for a new UK subsidy control regime. It introduced its long-awaited Subsidy Control Bill (the Bill) to Parliament, published a number of policy…

In brief The UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) entered into force as a replacement for the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) due to Brexit, to leverage Vietnam-UK trade relations. To implement preferential tariff treatment under the UKVFTA, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) issued Circular No. 02/2021/TT-BCT that will regulate the origin issues and take effect on 27 June 2021. In more detail 1. Product Specific Rules of Origin Circular No. 02 adopts the Product Specific Rules…

In the recent flurry of US Government activity related to Xinjiang, one thing is clear: trade compliance risks continue to increase for companies with supply chains that involve Xinjiang. These latest actions add to the expanding list of companies that face import bans, export bans, and sometimes both, in addition to broader measures under consideration in Congress. This blog post summarizes the past month’s developments. Companies with Xinjiang anywhere in their supply chains should be aware of…

Following the successful launch of our inaugural virtual Annual Compliance Conference in 2020, we will return this year in a virtual format to deliver our cutting-edge insights and guidance on key global compliance issues, as businesses and enforcement agencies transition to a new post-pandemic global compliance and investigations landscape across five weeks from 6 September – 8 October. Our global experts will be providing practical insights and analysis on significant developments across: anti-bribery and corruption;…

USMCA Implementing Regulations On July 6, 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published in the Federal Register the notice for the USMCA Implementing Regulations Related to the Marking Rules, Tariff-rate Quotas, and Other USMCA Provisions interim final rule. The interim rule is effective July 1, 2021. The rule amends CBP regulations to include implementing regulations for the preferential tariff treatment and related customs provisions of the…

On June 8, 2021, the White House published a set of reports on the 100-day interagency reviews (“Reports”) conducted pursuant to Executive Order 14017 (“Supply Chain EO”), which assessed supply chain risks and vulnerabilities for several supply chains, including those relating to semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging, and made policy recommendations to address those risks. The Reports suggest that export controls on semiconductor-related equipment and technology can help protect the technological advantage of the United States in…

On June 8, 2021, the White House published a set of reports on the 100-day interagency reviews conducted pursuant to Executive Order 14017 “America’s Supply Chains” (“the Reports”). The Reports were accompanied by a White House Fact Sheet summarizing the key findings, expressing support for some of the policy recommendations, and announcing additional Biden Administration measures directed at strengthening the resilience of the country’s supply chains. Our prior blog post summarizing high-level key compliance-related aspects of the Reports is…

Background on Lawsuit In a 8-1 decision issued last week, the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly brought an end to a 15-year lawsuit brought against Nestlé and Cargill by Malian citizens who claim to have been enslaved as children on the companies’ cocoa plantations located in the Ivory Coast. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that Nestlé and Cargill knew the cocoa plantations used child labor, and aided and abetted the human rights abuses that they and other…

The recent couple of years have been a compliance roller coaster ride for businesses with supply chains involving China. China went on a major legislative revamp and rolled out a series of new laws, including the new Export Control Law (ECL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which came into force on 1 December 2020. In our past client alerts, we wrote about the status of the implementation of the ECL and the principles…