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A May 29, 2020 posting was entitled: “DR of Congo – Support measures for businesses in the Congo following COVID-19.” It should have read: “Republic of Congo – Support measures for businesses in the Congo following COVID-19”. We apologize for the error and thank Christian Lukusa, Esq. Managing Partner at Momentum Attorneys & Advisors in Kinshasha, DRC for bringing this to our attention.

Are you prepared for the post-pandemic world? In this 90-minute webinar, Rod Hunter and Kumar Ponniya from Baker McKenzie and partners from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas will discuss Covid-19’s impact in India and other markets, expected trends going forward and assess the outlook for the rest of 2020. The discussion will focus on the strategies that businesses should adopt to prepare for the future, from dispute resolution tips to how to prepare for the impact of…

After an exhaustive process of negotiation, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force on July 1, 2020. Join Baker McKenzie on a 75-minute webinar to understand the impact of the agreement from a customs perspective in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will bring together trade experts from the United States, Canada and Mexico for a discussion about the agreement’s most pressing issues in the customs landscape, including: • Changes in…

Congress Passes Phase 3 of Coronavirus Response Earlier this week, the Senate passed the nearly $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This bill, known as Phase 3, is beneficial for many franchise systems and hospitality brands and includes generous and unprecedented provisions to help provide liquidity for small businesses in an effort to keep their employees on the payroll. The House of Representatives passed the CARES Act on Friday and the President…

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted an advance copy of a notice to be published in the Federal Register announcing the USTR’s determination to grant the second set of exclusion requests from the $300 Bn action (Tranche 4A), which assessed initial additional duties of 15%, later reduced to 7.5%. See March 10, 2020, notice below for additional information. As set out in the Annex to this notice, the exclusions are reflected…

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 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 31 October 2018, the European Commission issued its second annual Report on Implementation of EU Free Trade Agreements, covering calendar year 2017. According to the report the agreements, which cover nearly 70 markets all over the world, are proving effective in removing barriers to trade and promoting high standards of labour and environment protection. However, European exporters could make even more out of the opportunities offered by the agreements in place. A press release issued by the Commission stated in part:

With the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) by Mexico, Japan and Singapore, and the expectation that other parties will follow, we anticipate the agreement will enter into force by early next year. Although the CPTPP differs from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) due to the suspension of 22 provisions, most chapters of the new agreement remain untouched.  One of those is Chapter 3: Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures. Certificate of Origin, CPTPP, verification, ASEAN, ATIGA, Form D, self-certification, trade, customs, prepare, free trade agreement