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On November 16, 2019, the Ministry of Trade (“Ministry”) announced the launch of the Customs Guidelines (“Guidelines”). The Guidelines aim to provide guidance and inform individuals and companies of customs procedures. What’s New? The Guidelines are for individuals to carry out customs procedures. “Individual transactions” and “commercial transactions”. The “individual transactions” section provides basic information on customs procedures and customs exemptions for goods such as vehicles imported without returns; temporarily imported vehicles; goods delivered through mail or fast cargo; special vehicles…

On November 15, 2019, in Transpacific Steel LLC v. United States (Slip Op. 19-142), a three judge panel of the US Court of International Trade (CIT), based upon the facts alleged, found that Transpacific Steel LLC’s (“Plaintiff”) arguments that the President failed to follow the procedure set forth in the statute and, further, that singling out importers from Turkey violated the equal protection guarantees under the US Constitution, support its claim for a refund and…

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 23, 2019, the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it had deleted two Turkish ministries and three Turkish individuals from the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”). These five parties had been designated to the SDN List on October 14, 2019 pursuant to Executive Order 13894 (EO 13894) for contributing to Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria. Please see our blog post regarding EO 13894 here. OFAC’s…

On October 14, 2019, President Trump released a statement that said that he would be “issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.” He also said the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction to 25% in May. The United States will also immediately stop…

On 14 October 2019, the Dutch government announced that on 11 October 2019, the government decided, in response to the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, to tighten Dutch arms export policy with regard to Turkey. Until further notice, all new license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey will be held and no new licenses will be issued. Other EU partners, such as France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Belgium, have also tightened their national…

On October 2, 2019, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a notice [Public Notice: 10907] that the Government of the Republic of Turkey has made a request to the Government of the United States 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. State received this request on September 6, 2019. Turkey’s request seeks US…

On May 19, 2019, President Trump signed Proclamation 9893 of May 19, 2019 on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States (published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2019) and Proclamation 9894 of May 19, 2019 on Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States (published in the Federal Registeron May 21, 2019), which remove the 10% duties on aluminum and 25% duties on steel for goods originating in Canada and Mexico, while…

On May 16, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States, which removes the higher 50 percent ad valorem tariff on steel imports from Turkey imposed by Proclamation 9772, and to instead imposes a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on steel imports from Turkey, commensurate with the tariff imposed on such articles imported from most countries. The Proclamation: Modifies subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS as…

On May 16, 2019, President Trump signed a Proclamation to Modify the List of Beneficiary Developing Countries Under the Trade Act of 1974. The Proclamation states that the President has determined that, based on its level of economic development, it is appropriate to terminate Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country effective May 17, 2019. The Proclamation: (1) Terminates the designation of Turkey as a beneficiary developing country, effective May 17, 2019. (2) Modifies general…