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On September 19, 2019, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) published in the Federal Register a document announcing the new 12 month cap on duty- and quota- free imports of apparel articles assembled in AGOA beneficiary Sub-Saharan African countries from regional and third country fabric. For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2019, and extending through September 30, 2020, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions…

On September 18, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) posted on its website advance copies of three Federal Register notices granting product exclusions from the Sec. 301 tariffs imposed on products of Chinese origin. USTR’s determination takes into account advice from advisory committees and any public comments on the pertinent exclusion requests. Subsequently, these documents were published in the September 20, 2019 Federal Register. The first notice announces the USTR’s determination to…

On September 9, 2019, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published two Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents (available here and here) on the Huawei Entity List and Temporary General License (TGL) and the Huawei TGL Extension (the amended TGL issued on August 21, 2019 is available here). See our blog post on the extension of the Huawei TGL here. The key clarifications made by BIS in the two sets of FAQs include the following: Huawei Entity…

On September 6, 2019, the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to further financially isolate the Cuban government and implement President Trump’s June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba (the “CACR Amendment”). The CACR Amendment (1) removes the authorization for banks subject to US jurisdiction to process pass-through or “U-turn” transactions, and (2) eliminates…

On September 18, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a general notice that steel products from the Republic of Korea (S. Korea) that are covered by the quantitative limitations applicable to subheadings 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58, HTSUS, that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after October 18, 2019 must be presented with certificates of exportation issued by the Korea Iron and Steel Association. Clause 7 of…

On September 9, 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued a new Venezuela-related general license (General License 34) to authorize transactions involving certain Government of Venezuela-related individuals that would otherwise be prohibited by Executive Order (“EO”) 13884. EO 13884 blocks all property of the Government of Venezuela. The “Government of Venezuela” is defined broadly in EO 13884 to include any person who has acted or purported to act directly or indirectly…

On September 4, 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published in the Federal Register a final rule adding regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 582 – Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations) to implement Executive Order 13851 of November 27, 2018 (“Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua”). OFAC intends to supplement these regulations with a more comprehensive set of regulations, which may include additional interpretive and definitional guidance, general licenses, and statements of…

On September 11, 2019, the Census Bureau sent out an email advising AES users that the Country Code shown below has been updated in the AES, effective immediately.  Country NameOld ISO Country CodeNew ISO Country CodeBurma (Myanmar)BUMM The full list of AES ISO Country Codes may be found in CBP Automated Export System Trade Interface Requirements ISO Country Codes September 9, 2019.

On September 11, 2019, the Customs Tariff Commission issued Announcement [2019] № 6 containing two lists of products excluded from the increased tariffs on certain US products. For products listed on List 1, no retaliatory tariffs will be imposed for one year (from September 17, 2019 to September 16, 2020). Refunds will be issued for tariffs already collected provided that the enterprise applies to Customs within six months from the date of publication of the…

On September 10, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published in the Federal Register a final rule [FAC 2019-06; FAR Case 2019-011; Item IV; Docket No. FAR2019-0011; Sequence No. 1] amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add Australia as a World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) country. It applies to acquisitions over the WTO GPA threshold, as well as to acquisitions…