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On 2 October, 2019, in Mauritius, the EU started negotiations with five Eastern and Southern Africa partners (so-called ESA: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement. Given the positive results generated by the current agreement, now in its 8th year of implementation, the five countries have declared their readiness to move beyond trade in goods, towards a more comprehensive agreement. The EU has welcomed this step, especially in the context of…

On October 2, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States has requested that the WTO schedule a meeting on October 14 to approve a US request for authorization to take countermeasures against the EU in connection with the arbitrator’s decision in the WTO dispute entitled “European Communities and Certain member States — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft” (DS316). Earlier in the day, the WTO announced that…

On August 30, 2019, CBP issued CSMS # – UPDATE: Updated Information on Section 301 Trade Remedies to be Assessed on Certain Products of China; Fourth List of Products Subject to the Section 301 Remedy (Tranche 4) printed below in its entirety: This message provides notice of modification to the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation which increases the rate of additional duty from 10 to 15 percent for the products of China…

Save the Date! Each year, Baker McKenzie trade compliance lawyers from around the world come together to present a year-end review of import and export developments. The timing of this year’s event is particularly important given the developing “trade wars” initiated by the US Government with China, the EU, Canada and Mexico. Mark your calendars for this year’s two-day conference, which will be held Wednesday, November 13 through Thursday, November 14 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California.…

Join us on Wednesday, July 3rd for a webinar entitled, “What happens if the JCPOA collapses?”. This webinar will address the effects of the possible reintroduction of UN sanctions on Iran following the termination or breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We will also cover: a brief introduction to the current situation, including the JCPOA, the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, and the EU blocking Regulation;  how the United Nations multilateral sanctions on…

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 the near future. This new regime may…

On May 17, 2019, the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket Number USTR–2019–0004] that was made available as an advance copy on May 13, beginning the process of imposing additional duties of up to 25% on all remaining imports from China (i.e., List 4). According to the notice, “[i]n light of China’s failure to meaningfully address the acts, policies, and practices that are subject to this investigation and…

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…

The Ever-Changing International Trade LandscapeWe are pleased to invite you to our third annual Global Trade Conference in Bellevue, WA. The conference will be held on Thursday, May 16 at The Bellevue Club. Our international trade compliance lawyers from around the world will review the major developments impacting international trade, including: U.S. export control developments, including the Export Control Reform Act, FIRRMA and export licensing policy developments Key sanction enforcement changes, including Iran, Russia, and…

On May 3, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it has finalized its review and update of its Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) for the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program. The announcement said that in 2016, CBP formally requested the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) to establish a Working Group (WG) in order to discuss and recommend updates to the program’s MSC to ensure that it is reflective of the…