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June 2019 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the June 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

This issue’s highlights:

  • WTO: trade policy reviews, Appellate Body discussions, disputes
  • WCO: Revised Kyoto Convention accessions, news
  • African Continental Free Trade Agreement
  • CITES: notifications
  • GAIN Reports: Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS), Exporter Guides, China tariff exclusion process explained, import licenses
  • Canada: Agreement on steel and aluminum tariffs, advance rulings, notices and D-memoranda
  • Mexico: Removal of retaliatory duties, agreement on steel and aluminum tariffs
  • United States: Presidential d cuments, tariffs against Mexico, removal of India and Turkey from GSP, reduction of tariffs on Turkish steel, removal of sec. 232 tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico, restrictions on Huawei, proclamation on auto tariff delay, new or revised Iranian, Venezuelan and Cuban sanctions, GSP product review, solar safeguard exclusions, sec. 301 tariff increases, next list and exclusions, Commerce’s new sec. 232 Exclusions Portal, cultural property extension, APEC Business Travel Card regulations, CDSOA notice of intent to distribute offset, C-TPAT security criteria, final determination, Lever Rule application, CSMS messages, FTZ electronic applications, OFAC penalty adjustments, BIS controls on emerging tech., Entity List revisions, OFAC compliance framework, temporary halt on dogs from Egypt
  • Argentina: New statistical fee and exemptions
  • China: Product exclusion process, increased tariff on certain US goods
  • India: CBIC and DGFT notifications, circulars and instructions
  • Iran: 2015 nuclear deal update
  • Japan: Dairy TRQs announced
  • Thailand: Draft regulation on cannabis imports/exports, protection of domestic industries, trade controls on WMD related items
  • Vietnam: Restrictions on imports of used equipment
    • EU and EFTA: Sanctions for cyber attacks, proposal for WTO rules on e-commerce
    • Belgium: Blocking regulation
    • Switzerland: FTA with Indonesia, MOU with USCBP, consultations on trade agreement with UK, lower textile duties
    • UK: DIT lists country-by-country guidance if UK exits EU without a deal

In addition, there are regulations from Canada, Mexico, US, India, the EU and EFTA and many of their member states, the Eurasian Economic Union and South Africa, rulings from the EU, Canada and the US, plus antidumping, countervailing duties and safeguard listings as well as client alerts and insight articles that may be of interest to international traders

May 2019 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the May 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are the highlights:

  • WTO: Australia ratifies Government Procurement Agreement; 6 regional trade agreements reviewed; Samoa and Bangladesh trade policy reviews; WTO addresses “essential security interests”; disputes
  • WCO: News and events
  • African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) ratified by 22 countries – enough to bring it into force
  • CITES notifications and FAS GAIN reports
  • Central America: Customs administrations delay new electronic goods declaration; Panama imposes agricultural safeguard under US-Panama FTA; new computer in-transit program.
  • Canada: Revision of US steel and aluminum countermeasures subject to remission; safeguards lifted on 5 steel categories; CITT issues safeguard report
  • United States: President announces US will not ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty; one-year delay of border closure; White House issues memorandum on counterfeit and pirated goods; extension of Somalia and South Sudan national emergencies; Australia eligible to sell goods to government agencies; new Sec. 301 exclusions; countermeasures proposed for EU aircraft subsidies; ITC issues report on USMCTA (“modernized NAFTA”); ITC seeks possible HS modifications; CBP receives domestic interested party petition; CBP published quarterly interest rates; instructions for filing entries for excluded Sec. 301 merchandise; ITRAC to ACE conversion; CBP rulings modifications/revocations; DoD restriction on acquisition of certain imported magnets and tungsten; NRC clarification on export reporting; OFAC regulations on sanctions for US election interference; US won’t renew sanctions waivers for countries importing Iranian oil; administration ends suspension of title II of Helms-Burton, allowing suits against persons trafficking in expropriated property by Cuba; additional Cuban sanctions; ITAR revisions; updated list of Cuban entities; OFAC designates Venezuelan Central Bank and Nicaraguan parties as SDNs; designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards as foreign terrorist organization; BIS revises Unverified List; FDA and CBP sign MOU; overview of SUPPORT Act; CITA requests input under US-Moroccan FTA for commercial availability request; article on WTO “zeroing” decision
  • Australia: Defence and Strategic Goods List 2019 enters into force
  • China: Self-serve origin certificate pilot launched; solid waste anti-smuggling operation launched; lowering of certain import duties
  • Indonesia: e-commerce VAT regulation withdrawn
  • Japan: Ban on North Korean imports/exports extended; South Sudan added to Export Trade Control Order
  • New Zealand: Arms Act amendments; foreign cargo stink bug controls proposed; instant fines for minor offences
  • Pakistan: Export Control Act
  • Philippines: Import restrictions on rice replaced by tariffs and TRQs
  • Vietnam: CPTPP opportunities for exporters; customs value regulations to be amended; new drug registration requirements; most customs offices stop accepting cash
  • EU: Adjustment of “Byrd Amendment” retaliatory duties; commission addresses combined effects of anti-dumping/anti-subsidy measures with steel safeguards; UCC amended to extend transitional use of non-electronic systems; EU opens consultation on list of goods that may be subject to retaliatory measures under WTO aircraft case; council authorizes negotiations with US on tariffs for industrial goods and conformity assessment; Brexit extension for six months; negotiations with Indonesia and Mercosur; EU tariff classification regulations
  • The Netherlands: Export control policy amended
  • United Kingdom: Russia sanctions
  • Morocco: Transfer pricing developments
  • Russia: Expansion of sanctions against Ukraine
  • Côte d’Ivoire: Launch of the unique ID certificate for businesses
  • Guinea: Establishment of a commercial court in Conakry
  • Togo: Creation of national cybersecurity agency

Plus the usual trade compliance enforcement news, articles and client alerts, upcoming webinars, 337 actions, ADD/CVD cases for the US, Canada, Mexico, EU, Australia, China, India, Argentina and Brazil, plus official regulations/statutory instruments from around the world.

April 2019 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the April 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are the highlights:

  • WTO: South Sudan begins membership negotiations, Trade Policy Reviews, dispute settlement updates, TBT notifications
  • WCO: announcements and news releases
  • CITES: notifications
  • Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports and other GAIN reports
  • El Salvador: single window to be used for permits
  • Canada: Russian sanctions update, CFIA import requirements, CBSA raises administrative monetary penalties
  • Mexico: new requirements for temporary imports/exports of sensitive goods, CPTPP government procurement thresholds, bonded facility eManifest test, electronic airway bills/manifests requirements
  • US: US-Brazil partnership, national emergencies, Sec. 232 tariffs upheld by CIT, Sec. 301 update, instructions and exclusions, GSP reviews and termination for India and Turkey, US-Morocco FTA rules of origin, USITC practice rules, Sec. 232 titanium sponge investigation launched, cultural property request and extensions, Irish preclearance agreement, new 5106 form and requirements, Venezuelan sanctions updates, private suits against Cuban entities under Helms-Burton, Russian sanctions, State updates Cuban entity list, CCL/USML review, FTC leather guide update, Commerce scope rulings
  • Australia: Strategic goods list updated, Japan-Australia EPA duty changes, tobacco import changes, asbestos imports/exports restricted, Russian sanctions
  • China: VAT reforms
  • India: draft e-Commerce Policy released
  • Malaysia: implementation of the uCustoms System
  • Singapore: Strategic goods transit requirements
  • EU: CN Explanatory Notes issued, EU extends UK withdrawal, sanctions updates, US-EU regulatory cooperation consultation
  • France: ustoms and Dual Use Goods Service implement export facilitating  measures
  • Switzerland: Swiss-UK customs facilitation and security agreement, restrictions on exports of war materials to Lebanon
  • UK: Brexit votes, HMRC outlines extension of transitional simplified procedures, Treasury publishes guidance on counter-terrorism sanctions, trade and continuity agreements signed, temporary tariff regime for no-deal Brexit published, USTR negotiating objectives for US-UK FTA
  • Ukraine: additional Russian sanctions
  • Qatar: diplomatic crisis – shipping boycott still stands

Plus our regular features of circulars, notices, regulations and material from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial (Mexico), Argentina Official Bulletin, Brazil SECEX actions, Chile, Australia, China, India, Singapore, Official Journal (EU), official releases from France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Eurasian Economic Union, Russia and South Africa; antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard information from the WTO, US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, India, EU, Argentina, Brazil; links to webinars, publications and client alerts; as well as links to trade compliance enforcement cases, Section 337 investigations and the WTO TBT notifications.


March 2019 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the March 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are the highlights:

  • WTO: proposal for Appellate Body appointments, disputes, TBT Notifications
  • WCO: news releases
  • CITES: notifications
  • US: Delay on sec. 301 increases, national emergencies, “Buy American, Hire American” update, bills to limit President’s power to impose sec. 232 tariffs, China’s and Russia’s compliance with WTO commitments, rescheduled 337 complaints, ITC investigations, CBP quarterly interest rates, CBP 21st Century Framework, COAC, CBP final determinations of origin, detention orders, 301 import procedures, drawback, Census updates Schedule B and HTS in AES, boycott countries, Venezuelan sanctions, FTC “made in USA” claims
  • Venezuela: tax benefits in Special Economic Zones
  • Malaysia:  Customs Act – increased penalties and more robust review process
  • New Zealand: permits for import/export of hydrofluorocarbons
  • EFTA: EEA EFTA states and US expand MRA on marine equipment, EU direct investment framework, updates on dual-use annex, SPV registration for Iran trade
  • Switzerland: Switzerland-UK trade continuity agreement
  • UK: guidance on trade agreements, continuity agreements with Israel and Palestine, Chile, Faroe Islands, MRA agreement with USA, draft export legislation, no-deal OGEL
  • Algeria: additional duties under Supplementary Finance Law
    Plus legislation and notices from Canada, Mexico, US, Argentina, Brazil,  Australia, China, India, Singapore, Switzerland, EU (plus France, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, UK), EAEU, Russia, South Africa as well as information on AD/CVD cases in many countries and our Webinars and Client Alerts.

February 2019 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the February 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are the highlights:

  • UN: best practices guide for sanctions committees
  • WTO: recent disputes, DSB activities, TBT notifications
  • WCO: news releases
  • CPTPP Commission meets
  • CITES notifications
  • Canada: consultations on WTO e-commerce negotiations, CFIA Safe Food regulation
  • Mexico: FTA procurement thresholds
  • United States: export disputes, national emergencies, Proclamation modifying HTS, PTPA environmental consultations, Sec. 301 mitigation strategies, Special 301 consequences, UE-EU negotiating objectives, cultural property protection, additional Venezuela sanctions, scope of Chinese aluminum extrusion orders
  • Argentina: export duties on services, inflation adjustment
  • Australia: indexation of customs duties on excise-equivalent goods, no substantial transformation by encapsulating fish oil
  • China: cross-border e-commerce, revised anti-corruption powers in new Criminal Procedure Law
  • Hong Kong: tax incentives for R&D
  • India, FSSAI draft regulations, plant quarantine draft regulations, safeguard issues, import licensing
  • Thailand: new investment and tax scheme on international business center, postponed dual-use regulations
  • Vietnam: CPTPP issues and entry into force
  • EU-EFTA: EU-Japan SPA, EU-US negotiations recommendation, EEA EFTA-UK separation agreement
  • UK: UK-ESA trade continuity agreement, UK export penalties, UK-New Zealand mutual recognition, UK Trade Remedy Authority, Parliament defeats Brexit plan
  • EAEU: changes in non-preferential origin rules
  • Russia: expands import ban for Ukrainian goods
  • Cote d’Ivoire: public procurement going paperless
  • Togo: measures to support companies facing hardship

Plus listings of trade compliance actions, newsletters and client alerts, webinars, TBT notifications, CBSA advance rulings, EN explanatory notes, Safeguards, AD/CVD actions (US, Canada, Mexico, EU, Australia, China, India, Argentina, Brazil).


January 2019 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the January 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are the highlights for this edition:

  •  WTO: UK post Brexit service commitments, trade policy reviews, new DSB disputes, update on DSB activities, TBT notifications
  •  WCO: news
  • CITES: updates
  • Canada: pilot of e-communications advance rulings project, implementation of CPTPP, assessment of Canada-US-Mexico Agreement, advance rulings, updates on D-Memoranda and Customs Notices
  • Mexico: CPTPP rules published, Northern Border Zone activities
  • USA: Proclamation modifying HTS, national emergency extended, US-China tariff war truce, signing of USMCA, 2019 Special 301 review, US-Japan FTA objectives, 301 exclusions granted, delay in 301 tariff increase, federal partial shutdown, ITC rule on duty suspensions and reductions, US-UK FTA investigation started, duty-free Haitian imports, civil penalty adjustments, CBP 21st Century Framework, modernized drawback regulations issued, procurement determinations, EAPA notices, 301 exclusions, year-end procedures, DOE eliminates end-use reporting for LNG exports, DOE contracts for LNG exports, ATF bans bump-stock-type devices, explosives list, OFAC/State to lift certain sanctions, Magnitsky Act report, BIS emerging technology, impact of CWC on legitimate pharmaceutical activities, FDA food labeling, AMS labeling of bio-engineered food
  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru: legislative and regulatory updates
  • Australia: CPTPP implementation, notices
  • China: CEPA agreement with Macao, potential risk for companies because of US Iranian sanctions and export controls, MOFCOM/GAC notices, Hong Kong notices to exporters
  • India: plant quarantine regulations, TBT responses, DSB proposals, HS changes in WTO schedules, telecommunications equipment requirements, CBIC and DGFT notices, circulars and instructions.
  • Japan: EU-Japan EPA, removal or Eritrea from export control order
  • Korea: approval of revised KORU
  • New Zealand: new rates for tobacco, CPTPP guides
  • Singapore: CPTPP circulars
  • Thailand: direct sales and direct marketing
  • EU-EFTA: Council extends Russian sanctions, crack down on illicit trade in cultural goods, EU-Japan FTA, EFTA-Indonesia FTA signed
  • Switzerland: FTA with Indonesia, future economic and trade relations with the UK
  • UK: submits WTO goods and services schedules, Brexit update, legislative and administrative instruments
  • Turkey: legislative and administrative update
  • Ukraine: legislative update
  • Eurasian Economic Union: Council and Board decisions
  • Russia: expands Ukrainian sanctions list, changes in personal use importation norms, legislative updates
  • Africa: Status of Africa Continental FTA
  • South Africa: Customs and Excise rules and tariff amendments

Plus our regular listings of trade compliance actions, newsletters and client alerts, webinars, WTO TBT notifications, 337 actions, AD/CVD and safeguard actions from US, Canada, Mexico, the EU, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, China, India and well as legislative updates from the Canada Gazette, Mexico Diario Oficial, US Federal Register, Argentine Official Bulletin, Brazil CAMEX and SECEX, Official Gazettes from Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine, European Official Journal, Russian legislation and South African materials.


December 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are the highlights for this edition:

  • Links to materials from our 2017 and 2018 Year End Import/Export Review in Santa Clara and 2018 Asia-Pacific International Trade Client Conference in Tokyo
  • UN: Security Council Res. 2444 on Somalia and Eritrea – repeals sanctions against Eritrea
  • WTO: proposed amendments to DSU, access to better trade data, efforts to reinvigorate the WTO, concerns over EU TRQs post Brexit, concern over US restrictions on Chinese technology, Trade Policy Reviews for Armenia and Hong Kong, disputes (panels established in several cases), WTO TBT Notifications
  • WCO: announcements and releases
  • CITES: Notifications
  • Canada: sanctions on individuals linked to Khashoggi murder, D-memoranda and Customs Notices
  • Mexico: temporary importation of sensitive goods by IMMEX companies, projects to modify IMMEX decree and Foreign Trade Rules, “Hecho en Mexico” rules
  • United States: new USMCA agreement signed, sanctions updates (Nicaragua, individuals associated with Khasoggi murder, Iran), national emergencies updates, FTA sugar surplus report, ITC investigation for proposed US-Japan FTA and US-EU FTA, BIS pilots 232 exclusion portal, CBP revises vessel repair regulations, CBP facial recognition test, brokers fee due, section 301 enforcement and significant ruling, advance truck manifests for section 321 imports, EAPA investigations, State identifies Cuban entities, State updates convention arms transfer policy, BIS seeks information on emerging technology controls, RUS “Buy American” regulations
  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia: agency legislative activities
  • Venezuela: new import duty and VAT exemptions for foodstuffs, school s pplies, goods/provisions of services regarding electoral processes
  • China: “grace period” for cross-border e-commerce pilot program extended, MOFCOM and GAC notices, Hong Kong SAR strategic trade circular
  • India: safeguard notification, new draft food safety standards, cotton price supports, state trading enterprises, WTO co-sponsor with South Africa of IP and Public Interest, AD practices report, CBIC circulars, notifications and instructions and DGFT notices
  • Indonesia: new regime of Customs Valuation Advice, details on new Bonded Zone regime
  • Malaysia: implementation of the new Sales and Service Tax (SST)
  • New Zealand: public consultation on UK-NZ trade agreement (post-Brexit), revised Working Tariff to reflect CPTPP, Gazette publications
  • Singapore: border enforcement legislation enhances anti-counterfeiting
  • Vietnam: ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
  • European Union and EFTA: EFTA ministerial meeting, seeking protection of EU companies from US Iran sanctions delayed, European Council approves Brexit agreement, consultation on EU Single Customs Window, EU strategy against illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons and their ammunition, EFTA-Indonesia CEPA negotiations, Iran statement by UK, France and Germany, European Parliament issues a non-binding resolution on Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov,
  • Switzerland: EFTA-Indonesia agreement
  • United Kingdom: future of sanctions policy, Tariff, AD and Brexit notices
  • Turkey: legislative updates
  • Ukraine: Martial Law, legislative updates
  • Eurasian Economic Union: trade updates
  • Russian Federation: protection against disclosure for financial institutions, countersanctions against Ukrainian individuals and entities
  • South Africa and Zimbabwe: trad and tariff legislation

Plus our regular listings of trade compliance actions, newsletters and client alerts, webinars, WTO TBT notifications, 337 actions, AD/CVD and safeguard actions from US, Canada, Mexico, NAFTA panels, the EU, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, China, India and well as legislative updates from the Canada Gazette, Mexico Diario Oficial, US Federal Register, Argentine Official Bulletin, Brazil CAMEX and SECEX, Official Gazettes from Chile, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine, European Official Journal, Russian legislation and South African materials.


November 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the November 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are the highlights:

  • WTO: Ministerial conference; Australia joins Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), UK’s GPA process progresses, trade policy review – Vanuatu, disputes updates, WTO TBT notifications
  • WCO: 62nd HSC session, news
  • Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP): ratified by 6 countries – will enter into force on Dec. 30, 2018, rules of origin article
  • Canada: ratifies CPTPP, US Surtax Remission Order, steel safeguards, D-Memos and Customs Notices
  • Mexico: USMCA
  • USA: GSP Proclamation and updates, national emergencies, UK, EU and Japan trade agreements, WTO disputes, HTSUS updates, USMCA review by ITC, sec. 232 rebuttal procedures, drawback rules ordered by CIT, CBP interest rates, CBP 301 rulings, Craft Beverage procedures, CSMS messages, Iraqi vessel restrictions, AES updates, Wassenaar updates, OFAC designates Iranian SDNs, OFAC updates, interim FIRRMA rules and CFIUS pilot, CAATSA sanctions, ITAR revisions, USDA GAIN reports, CITA request and AGOA updates, softwood lumber inquiry
  • Australia: ratification of CPTPP
  • China: MOFCOM and Customs notices
  • India: Anti-dumping report, IPR, WTO notifications, CBIC and DGFT notifications
  • Malaysia: article- Is Malaysia Back on Track with the CPTPP?
  • New Zealand: ratification of CPTPP and PACER Plus trade agreements, changes to explosive import requirements
  • Singapore: North Korean sanctions updates, India-Singapore CECA rules
  • Vietnam: compulsory e-invoices
  • Europe: Trade agreements report, 2019 Combined Nomenclature, EU-Singapore ties, beef negotiations with US, EFTA-US dialogue, update of dual-use controls, chemical weapons, duties on aircraft goods, money launde ing, WCO 61st HSC outcomes
  • Czech Republic: Customs legislation
  • Switzerland: Pangea XI, Myanmar sanctions
  • United Kingdom: sanctions policy if no Brexit deal, OFSI annual review, HRMC and DIT notices • Turkey: export proceeds, traditional herbal medical draft rules, medical foods draft rules
  • Russia: countersanctions against Ukraine
  • South Africa: product exclusions from US sec. 232 tariffs

PLUS our regular legislative and regulatory updates from the Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, US Federal Register, Argentine Official Bulletin, Brazil CAMEX and SECEX, EU Official Journal, Turkish Official Gazette, EAEU documents, Russian legislation, South African secondary legislation

AND CBP rulings and EU classification regulations, US 337 cases, ADD/CVD cases from USA, Canada, Mexico, NAFTA panels, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, China, India


October 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. The highlights of this Update are:

  • WTO: Trade policy review of Taiwan, Bahamas reactivates accession process, recent disputes and dispute activities, Appellate Body proposal
  • WCO: News releases
  • CITES: Notification on 19th Conference of the Parties
  • Canada: USMC Agreement reached, Canada-Mercosur FTA, Consultation on ASEAN FTA, D-Memoranda
  • Mexico: USMC Agreement reached
  • USA: USMC Agreement and next steps; US-Korea FTA outcomes; Sec. 301: List 3 launched and modified, exclusion procedures announced, CBP instructions; Miscellaneous Trade Bill Act; sanctions updates (election interference, CAATSA, etc.); national emergencies extended; sec. 232 exclusions processes for regular and quota products; sugar TRQs; solar safeguards exclusions, IP strategic plan; USITC updates to HTSUS; 232 uranium investigation extended; CBP discontinues broker ISA pre-certification test; import restrictions on Cambodian archaeological materials; COAC meeting; procurement final determination; Lever Rule application; Congressional Research Service report on export control reform; Cuba licensing procedures for Ag. Products; “Made in USA” enforcement; GAIN reports
  • CPTPP: Certification procedures and verifications
  • China: Tariffs on US goods
  • India: Report on CVD actions; implementation of HS changes extended; fisheries programmes
  • New Zealand: Excise duties
  • Philippines: Safeguard investigation on cement launched
  • Switzerland: Consideration of US-Swiss Mutual Customs Assistance agreement
  • UK: Brexit updates; Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018
  • EAEU: Safeguard investigation on certain flat-rolled steel launched

Plus — our regular tables of legislative and regulatory instruments issued by Canada, Mexico, USA, Australia, China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, EU, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ice and, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the EAEU, Russia, South Africa; WTO TBT notifications; CBSA and European tariff classification rulings, CBP rulings for revocation or modification; section 337 actions; AD/CVD actions in the US, Canada, Mexico, EU, Australia, China and India; and trade compliance enforcement actions, newsletters and articles, webinars and seminars.


September 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the September 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

The highlights of this Update are:

    • WTO: Challenges to US safeguards, 232 and 301 tariffs; updates, TBT notifications
    • WCO: Agenda for 62nd HSC session, news
    • Panama: free tourist area; migration from SICE to SIGA system
    • Canada: consultation on steel diversion
    • US: NAFTA updates; exclusions from 232 quotas; increase in tariffs on Turkish steel, continuation of export controls; CFIUS update; AGOA updates; new Russian sanctions; US requests WTO retaliation against Indonesia; USTR’s requests for comments on China’s and Russia’s WTO compliance, trade mergers, notorious markets, GSP for Turkey; updates on 301 actions; HTSUS updates; ITC releases “Year in Trade 2017” report; restrictions on imports of Mexican fish; CBP interim rule on alcohol tax refunds; proposed drawback regulations; COBRA (user) fees; retroactive GSP claims; EAR missile technology revisions; FTC guides revised
    • China: tariffs on US goods (list 2)
    • India: safeguards; food standards; agricultural imports
    • Laos: adopts 2017 ASEAN tariff
    • New Zealand: new Customs law and regulations; provisional values; motor spirits duties; trade for all consultations
    • Vietnam: tax law
    • EU: blocking regulation; Czech VAT exemption for import/export services; Irish proposed “settlements” bill; UK seeks Russian sanctions for chemical use; UK export control order and Parliamentary reports
    • Turkey: new tariffs on US goods
    • Gulf Cooperation Council: managing new VAT law

Plus CBP revocations and modifications of rulings, the regular updates on AD/CVD matters and trade matters from the Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial (Mexico), US Federal Register, EU Official Journal, Turkish Official Gazette and many other countries.


August 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

The highlights of this Update are:

  • WTO – trade policy reviews of China and Israel, new disputes, post-Brexit commitments from the UK, 232 investigations, TBT notifications
  • WCO: 2018 SAFE Framework of Standards
  • Canada – post-Brexit trade with UK, remission of surtaxes (retaliatory duties), countermeasures
  • Mexico – government procurement thresholds under various FTAs
  • US – trade war updates, national emergencies extended, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill update, section 232 issues, Trade Promotion Authority extended, WTO disputes over retaliatory duties, sugar TRQs, sec. 301 tariffs updates, AGOA issues, CBP proposed drawback regulations, COAC, import restrictions on Libyan cultural materials, CBP procurement and EAPA determinations, warning on N. Korean links, Energy exports, ZTE update, Venezuelan sanctions updates, APHIS proposal on Lacey Act exemptions, honey, labeling, WTO agricultural safeguard triggers, AD/CVD scope rulings
  • Asia Pacific FTA update
  • China – retaliatory tariffs, launch of specialized commercial courts in two cities
  • India – WTO notifications, examination of duties on electronic transmissions
  • Thailand – identification of cosmetic manufacturers
  • Vietnam – new competition law
  • EU and EFTA – Union Customs Code regulation revised, provisional safeguards on certain steel products, EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (FTA), EU-China Summit update, Maldives sanctions
  • Switzerland – initiates WTO case against US steel and aluminum duties
  • United Kingdom – consultations on future FTAs with US, Australia, New Zealand, possible CPATPP membership
  • Algeria – new law on e-commerce, supplemental finance law
  • Morocco – safeguard investigation on coated wood board

Plus CBP revocations and modifications of rulings, the regular updates on AD/CVD matters and trade matters from the Canada Gazette, Di rio Oficial (Mexico), US Federal Register, EU Official Journal, Turkish Official Gazette and many other countries.


July 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

The highlights of this Update are:

  • WTO: Rules of origin facilitator, trade policy reviews, recent disputes regarding US steel and aluminum tariffs, DSB actions, TBT notifications.
  • Canada: Guidance on surtax for certain US goods, revised steel and aluminum marking rules, retaliatory tariffs on US goods announced, CBSA rulings.
  • Mexico: Retaliatory tariffs on US goods.
  • US: Sections 232 and 301 tariff updates, reorganization of some Federal agencies proposed, national emergencies extended (Belarus, N. Korea and Western Balkans), investment restrictions considered, USTR seeks comments on 7 WTO disputes, comment period extended for sec. 232 tariffs for auto products, cultural property import restrictions, CBP issues interim rule on air cargo advance screening, administrative review of EAPA Determinations, CBP instructions on section 301 duties, Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 implementation, DOE policy on natural gas exports to non-FTA countries, sanctions updates (Sudan, Iran, Magnitsky), revised OFAC rough diamond regulations, NRC seeks comments on draft clarification of export reporting requirements for nuclear facilities, equipment, and non-nuclear materials, new settlement with China’s ZTE to suspend Denial Order, ITA revises and clarifies user fees for export and investment pro-motion services/events, BIS regulatory revisions, sugar TRQs, government procurement rules to address measures against persons involved in activities that violate arms control treaties or agreements with the US, Kaspersky Lab software prohibitions, Commerce scope and anti-circumvention rulings listed.
  • Brazil: press release on US steel tariff and quotas.
  • China: Response to US tariffs.
  • Japan: METI launches e-learning program in the field of security export control for academic and research institutes.
  • New Zealand: WTO Information Technology Agreement Tariff Amendment, MPI Biosecurity System Entry Levy, New Health Promotion Agency (HPA) Levy rates and excise rates for Alcohol, compulsory airbag recall now in effect.
  • Philippines: Implementation of the EFTA-Philippines FTA in the Philippines.
  • Vietnam: Customs control changes under recent government decrees, Vietnam’s updated policy on inclusion of new solar power projects in power development plans, new decree on sales promotions is being circulated.
  • EU and EFTA: EFTA States sign FTA with Ecuador, updated FTA with Turkey, EU adopts ‘rebalancing measures’ in reaction to US steel and aluminium tariffs – will collect higher tariffs on US goods, EU renews Russia sanctions concerning annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, EU and Australia launch FTA talks, Commission proposes measures to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient in next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, EU’s tougher trade defence rules takes effect, Commission issues notice regarding customs enforcement of IP rights after Brexit, European Commission formally commences update of the Blocking Statute.
  • Turkey: Retaliation against US tariffs on steel and aluminum.
  • Ukraine: New law on LLCs became effective.
  • Russia: Update on Russia’s new countersanctions.

Plus the regular features: WTO TBT notifications, CITES notifications, WCO news, legislative issuances from many countries, CBSA advance rules, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, EU classification regulations, CN explanatory notes amendments; AD/CVD cases from US, Canada, Mexico, EU, Australia, China, India, Argentina and Brazil; section 337 actions.


June 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

The highlights of this Update are:

  • WTO: Trade policy review of Mauritania; recent disputes; dispute settlement activities; Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) notifications
  • WCO: news releases
  • Other International: Reconsidering TPP; CITES notifications
  • Central America: Costa Rica implements UN Trade in Arms treaty
  • Canada: Intent to impose countermeasures against US steel and aluminum tariffs; modernized Canada – Israel FTA; imports under Tobacco and Vaping Products Act; advance rulings, D-Memos and Customs Notices
  • Mexico: Measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminum (Click here to read the client alert); approval of CPTPP (formerly known as TPP)
  • United States: Update on steel and aluminum tariffs; steps to protect domestic technology and IP from China; revised Venezuelan sanctions; national emergencies extended (Syria, C.A.R., Yemen, Iraq); withdrawal from JCPOA; re-imposition of certain Iranian sanctions after 90/180 day periods; revocations of certain General Licenses; Commerce initiates Sec. 232 investigation on automotive products; termination of US-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty; GSP reviews; seeking members for ITACs; WTO disputes; ITC investigations; distribution of CDSOA funds; US-Israel FTA origin certification changes; CBP quarterly interest rates; CBP final determinations of origin in procurement cases; EAPA notices; forced labor detention notices; steel and aluminum entry filing requirements; Korean steel quota; CSMS messages;FTZ Board actions; BIS/State propose firearms export changes; BIS UVL revisions; imposition of non-proliferation measures; ease restrictions on UAS (drone) sales; Russian sanctions General Licenses; restrictive measures lists; TTB clarifies hemp policy; APHIS policy change; GAIN reports; certification of shrimp-harvesting nations; change in DoD micro purchase amount; softwood lumber subsidy inquiry; AD/CVD scope rulings
  • South America; Mercosur-Korea FTA; Argentina and Brazil trade resolutions, etc.
  • Australia: Updates export controls for tangibles; changes to GST on low value goods
  • China (including Hong Kong SAR): New Chinese entry information requirements; MOFCOM and Customs notices; Hong Kong import/export of encryption products
  • India: Proposed retaliation for US steel and aluminum tariffs; CBIC and DGFT notifications
  • Japan: Revisions to End User List
  • Malaysia: Notification under sec. 12 of the Customs Act
  • New Zealand: New Customs and Excise Act; GST on low-value imports; EU-NZ Customs Cooperation Agreement; Gazette and fact sheets
  • Singapore: new Singapore Trade Classification, Customs and Excise Duties 2018; Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA origin rules; notices and circulars
  • EU and EFTA: EU reaction to US steel and aluminum tariffs and imposition of retaliatory measures; FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand; EU blocking regulation; OJ trade documents including restrictive measures
    • France: Notices to importers; Official Gazette
    • Italy: New Customs and Monopoly law and regulations
    • UK: Sanctions, embargoes and anti-money Laundering updates and guidance; calls for proactive Russian sanctions strategy; legislation; HMRC, DIT, ECJU, OFSI and F&CO notices
    • Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland: Trade legislation, including regulations and restrictive measures
  • Turkey: Laws, resolutions, orders, etc.
  • Ukraine: New Russian sanctions; laws, resolutions, orders, etc.
  • Eurasian Economic Union: Council regulations and orders; Board regulations, orders and recommendations; preliminary classification decisions
    • Belarus: Preliminary classification decisions
    • Russia: Update on new countersanctions legislation; trade legislation
  • Africa: Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement update
    • South Africa: Tariff amendments

Plus Trade Compliance enforcement actions; newsletters and articles; webinars, WTO TBT notifications; CBSA advance rulings; CBP rulings (modifications and revocations); EU tariff classification regulations; CN explanatory notes; section 337 actions; AD/CVD cases and status for US, Canada, Mexico, NAFTA panels; EU, Australia, India, Chia, Argentina and Brazil.


May 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

The highlights of this Update are:

  • WTO: Trade policy review; disputes and DSB activities, TBT notifications
  • WCO: Working group on e-commerce; announcements and events
  • CITES: Latest notifications
  • Guatemala: Accedes to CISG
  • Nicaragua: Single trade window pilot
  • Canada: Seeks comments on aligning steel and aluminum origin marking with US requirements; Supreme Court upholds certain inter-provincial trade restrictions; AD/CVD program changes
  • Mexico: Mexico – EU global agreement
  • United States: Continuation of national emergency re: Somalia; aluminum and steel proclamations; 232 exemptions; AGOA; USTR country reviews; USTR publishes proposed Chinese tariff list; 337 rules; ITC APO report; ITC investigation of trade authorities extension; investigation of proposed US-Korea FTA modifications; extensions of cultural property agreements; ACE updates; CBP accepting GSP claims; CBP regulations amendments; procurement determinations; 232 and Korean steel quota filing requirements; Census clarifies Kimberley Process confidentiality rules; DHS penalty adjustments; UAS export policy; BIS action against ZTE; digital currency on sanctions; OFAC updates; BIS amends EAR on specified target assemblies; Australia Group updates; NMFS requires shrimp and abalone reporting through ACE seafood traceability program
  • Australia: Consolidate list of sanctions updated; Prohibited exports regulation 13E amended; Defence Trade Controls Act review; Trade and Customs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Regulations; Japan-Australia EPA duty rate changes; Commerce (Trade Descriptions) penalties
  • China: Additional duties on certain US products; 301 retaliation list
  • India: Internal compliance programs for exports promoted; CBEC changes to CBITC
  • Indonesia: Safeguard launched
  • Philippines: EFTA-Philippines FTA
  • Vietnam: Internet services
  • EU-EFTA: EU Myanmar/Burma arms embargo; surveillance of certain aluminium products; Byrd Amendment retaliatory duties reduced; Mexico-EU agreement; EFTA-Philippine FTA; revised customs-IPR procedures; Brexit; CN revisions
  • Sweden: administrative sanctions
  • Switzerland: EFTA-Philippines FTA; N. Korean sanctions
  • UK: Customs and export contravention penalties
  • Russia: Proposed harsh counter-sanctions
  • South Africa: Safeguard investigation
  • Plus coverage of notices, proposals and regulations in the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, EU Official Journal (and trade related statutory instruments from several individual countries), Russian and EAEU legislation, EU classification regulations, anti-dumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases.

April 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. The highlights of this Update are:

• WTO: Trade policy review, DSB updates, TBT notifications
• WCO news
• Other international matters: CPTTP signed, CITES notifications
• Central America: Costa Rica safeguard investigation
• Canada takes action against steel/aluminum transshipment; MFA position on US steel/aluminum tariffs
• Mexico: Deadline for global pedimento
• USA: AGOA determinations, GSP renewal, steel and aluminum tariffs and exemptions, China actions, expanded Venezuela sanctions, national emergencies extended, US-Korea agreement (in principle),  US-Mexico agreements, ACE updates, CBP procurement determinations, TFTEA drawback,  CBP e-commerce strategy, Census FTR manifest guidance, civil monetary penalty adjustments, Entity List revisions, additional Russian sanctions, N. Korea sanctions regulations
• South America: regulatory update
• China: response to US steel and aluminum tariffs, MOFCOM/GAC notices
• Korea: FTA with Central American countries, Korea-US FTA agreement
• Europe: EU steel safeguard investigation, US steel tariff consultation, Brexit updates, Common Military List revised, Union Customs Code proposal,  CN amendments, regulatory updates
• Netherlands: Internal compliance program for strategic, torture goods and sanctions
• Switzerland: Venezuela sanctions, smartphone Customs clearance “QuickZoll”
• UK: pre-Brexit trade negotiations, duty suspensions guidance, third-country fulfilment business provisions
• EAEU: regulatory update
• Russia: legislative update
• Algeria: Vehicle assembly
• Tunisia: to join COMESA
• Africa: Launch of African Continental Free Trade Area, South Africa update

Plus coverage of notices, proposals and regulations in the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial,  EU Official Journal (and trade related statutory instruments from several individual countries),  Russian and EAEU legislation, EU classification regulations, anti-dumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases.


March 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. The highlights of this Update are:

  • WTO: trade policy reviews, recent disputes, Dispute Settlement Body activities, TBT notifications
  • WCO: Agenda for 61st HSC session, 60th HSC session decisions, WCO news
  • Other International Matters: the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP 11) to be signed, UK gives CPTPP a boost; CITES notifications
  • Central America: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Panama updates
  • Canada: Gazette updates, D- Memos, Customs Notices, AD/CVD cases
  • Mexico: Diario Oficial updates, AD/CVD cases
  • USA: Cuban update; national emergency extensions; export control bill; MPF and other user fees extended; GSP legislation passes house; sec. 232 steel and aluminum reports and recommendations; President’s trade policy and agenda released; USTR procedures for seeking exemptions from solar cell safeguards; HTS changes; reminder on customs value implications of year end transfer pricing adjustments; private sector participation with CBP and ICE; import restrictions on Belize artifacts; government procurement final determinations; Lever-Rule actions; ACE updates and milestones; reconciliation, liquidation and drawback changes; revocations and modifications of CBP rulings; N. Korean sanctions; Schedule B revisions; ITAR and EAR amendments and proposals; FTC Energy Rule amendment; USDA GAIN reports; AD/CVD and 337 cases
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru legislative updates and Argentine and Brazilian AD/CVD cases
  • Australia: excise equivalent customs duty adjusted, renaming of Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to Department of Home Affairs (DHA), AD/CVD cases
  • China: N. Korean sanctions, AD/CVD cases, Hong Kong SAR sanctions o N. Korea
  • India: CBEC and DGFT updates and AD/CVD
  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam updates
  • Europe: EU sanctions updates for N. Korea and Syria; recommendations for Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia and the Maldives; Byrd Amendment retaliatory duties update; GSP revisions; annual report on exports of military equipment, Commission posts Brexit implications; classification regulations and CN revisions; OJ documents; AD/CVD cases; German export control newsletters; UK sanctions on N. Korea; UK export control order amendments; UK House of Lords Brexit report on competition and state aid; government procurement thresholds under EEA and WTO; individual countries’ legislative updates
  • Turkey: new customs system for tracking goods, updates, AD/CVD cases
  • Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) decisions and recommendations, preliminary classification rulings, Russian and Belarus updates
  • Israel: elimination of Certificate of Origin
  • South Africa: tariff amendments

Plus coverage of notices, proposals and regulations in the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, EU Official Journal (and trade related statutory instruments from several individual countries), Russian and EAEU legislation, CBP modifications and revocations of rulings, EU classification regulations, anti-dumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases.


February 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. The highlights of this Update are:

  • 2018 Global Trade and Supply Chain Webinar Series “Continuing Challenge in Global Trade” registration and session details
  • WTO: trade policy review, DSB activities and recent disputes, TBT notifications
  • WCO: latest news
  • Other International Matters: Trans-Pacific Partnership (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)) to be signed in March by remaining 11 countries; CITES notifications
  • Central America: notices from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama
  • Canada: North Korean sanctions, CBSA advance rulings
  • Mexico: North Korean sanctions, amendments to Foreign Trade General Rules and General Import and Export Duties Law for chapter 27 products
  • US: President imposes safeguards on large residential washing machine, solar cells, and certain parts; national emergency extension; House passes MTB; USTR proposes ITACS changes; Notorious Markets report issued; ITC issues 2018 HTS; CBP search policy revised for personal electronics; drawback changes; domestic party challenge to CBP classification; IRS interest rates; new AD/CVD webpage; on-line services for brokers; CAATSA sanctions report; CRS report on export control initiative; TTB update; FDA listing for dairy exports; government procurement thresholds; DoD procurement recognizes N. Korea as state sponsor of terrorism; NMFS proposes “trusted trader” program for imports
  • South America: updates for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru
  • China: draft export control law; advance rulings process revised; Hong Kong Strategic Commodities notices
  • India: joins Australia Group; safeguards on solar cells
  • New Zealand: Greenhouse Gas Levy; tobacco excise duties
  • Singapore: Tourist refund scheme
  • Vietnam: new regulations on logistics services; notices
  • EU and EFTA: EU revises GSP preferences; Brexit notice regarding import/export licenses; CN amendments
  • UK: DIT guide to new trade legislation
  • EAEU: updated orders and decisions
  • Russian Federation: updated legislation
  • Seychelles: reduction of import duties
  • Trade compliance actions: private party initiated (qui tam) cases

Plus coverage of notices, proposals and regulations in the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, EU Official Journal (and trade related statutory instruments from several individual countries), Russian and EAEU legislation, as well as CBSA advance rulings, CBP modifications and revocations of rulings, EU classification regulations, anti-dumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases.


January 2018 International Trade Compliance Update

The January 2018 Update covers the period from early November 2017 through December 31, 2017 for Mexico, Canada, the US, Australia, Singapore, the EU and EFTA, Turkey, Ukraine and the Eurasian Economic Union. Our coverage of other countries will resume in the February Update. The highlights of this Update are:

  • New UN sanctions against North Korea
  • WTO: trade policy reviews, dispute cases, food safety concerns, new global help desk
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership: the TPP 11 countries agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
  • Canada: Preclearance Bill receives Royal Assent, steel monitoring program extended, corruption and human rights (Magnitsky Act) sanctions
  • Mexico: government procurement thresholds for FTAs published
  • US: HTS modifications, implementation of Global Magnitsky Act sanctions, N. Korean actions, extension of national emergencies, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill introduced, USTR publishes TAA government procurement thresholds, USTR requests import injury information on large residential washers and certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, ITC investigations, update on CBP forced labor activities, ACE projects, import restrictions imposed on archaeological and ethnological materials from Libya, “Lever-Rule” application granted, TAA final determinations, GSP instructions, EPA EEI requirements, FinCEN measures, OFAC issues Magnitsky Act Sanctions Regulations, OFAC and BIS rules implementing revised Cuba policy, APHIS guidance on soybean exports to China, government procurements updates from DoD, CBERA duty-free imports from Haiti
  • Australia: Home Affairs portfolio
  • Singapore: ASEAN Single Window, bars commercially traded goods from N. Korea
  • EU and EFTA: Dual use items updated, Venezuelan sanctions, UK trade and customs legislation
  • UAE: Implementation of VAT law and regulations on imports

Plus coverage of notices, proposals and regulations in the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, EU Official Journal (and trade related statutory instruments from several individual countries), Russian and EAEU legislation, as well as CBSA advance rulings, CBP modifications and revocations of rulings, EU classification regulations, anti-dumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases.


November 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the November 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Trade policy reviews for Iceland and WAEMU; GPA observers; rules of origin review for LDC preferences; dispute updates
  • WCO: 60th HSC session
  • El Salvador: fiscal amnesty
  • NAFTA negotiations
  • Canada: repeals facilitation payments exception; firearms control – proposed addition of Japan and Mexico; consolidated sanctions list issued
  • Mexico: goods restricted from North Korea
  • US: national emergency extensions; decertification of Iran; sanctions; Cuban policy; crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells remedy recommendations; applicants for NAFTA Binational Panel rosters, DHS/Commerce MOA; Jones Act waivers; ITDS test of seafood monitoring; modifications of PSC and PMS programs; COBRA fees adjusted for inflation; prohibition on Burmese Jadeite and rubies removed; COAC meeting;  quarterly interest rates; “Lever Rule” cases; East Trade Symposium; State guidance on retaliatory Russian sanctions; Directive 4 revised; OFAC amends Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Belarus General License 2D; request for comments on routed export transactions;  BIS clarifies license exceptions GOV and STA; US-Canada joint notice on sea containers; Lacey Act pilot ends; FCC streamlines procedures; Labor seeks information on child labor/forced labor; FWS electronic licensing; EPA mercury reporting; Commerce holds China is not market economy.
  • Argentina: imports of used oil and gas goods; duty exemption for renewable energy components
  • Japan: Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act implementation
  • New Zealand: Changes to import and export prohibitions
  • Vietnam: Law on start-ups; draft law on special administrative economic zones
  • EU: Commission releases 2018 Combined Nomenclature (Tariff); sanctions-Burundi, Guinea, N. Korea; tariff suspensions; BREXIT; Customs Decisions System; HSC decisions, opinions and EN amendments
  • Germany: Amendments to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance
  • Sweden: stricter weapons export rules proposed
  • Switzerland: N. Korean sanctions
  • United Kingdom: guidance for sanctions compliance; sanctions and anti-money laundering bill; Mali sanctions; post EU trade and customs policy
  • Turkey: guidelines on package information and tracking medicinal products
  • Gulf Cooperation Council: safeguard investigation on chemical plasticizers
  • Israel: new computerized Customs System planned

Plus – WTO TBT Notifications, legislation and regulations from the Federal Register, European Journal, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, and similar official gazettes from many other countries; antidumping and countervailing duty updates from the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, EU, Australia, EAEU, Turkey and others; 337 case activities. In addition, we have webinars and seminars, articles and client alerts.


October 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the October 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

•United Nations: Mali and N. Korean sanctions
•WTO: trade policy reviews, dispute settlement cases, TBT notifications
•WCO: announcements
•CITES: notifications
•Central America and Caribbean: Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama updates
•NAFTA negotiations
•Canada: discussions with TPP members, CETA implementation
•Mexico: N. Korea sanctions
•USA: sanctions, Presidential documents, USTR notices on Singapore Chap. 18, NAFTA environmental review, special 301 reviews, AGOA update, DHS border wall documents, hurricane related waivers and guidance, changes to in-bond process, import restrictions for certain Guatemalan and Mali artifacts, GSP guidance, FTR updates, natural gas exports, BIS and OFAC updates, dairy TRQs, CITA updates
•Argentina: MERCOSUR nomenclature
•Brazil: consultation on new import process
•Australia: tariff amendments
•New Zealand: Trade Single Window to be mandatory 1 July 2018, Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (goods) Levy, WTO ITA concessions, goods re-entered for repair or alteration under Korea FTA Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature 2017, tariff-related Executive Orders
•Singapore: Turkey-Singapore FTA
•Thailand: new Customs Law
•EU: sanctions updates, implementation of CETA
•UK : new trade dialogue with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Plus – WTO TBT Notifications, legislation and regulations from the Federal Register, European Journal, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, and similar official gazettes from many other countries; antidumping and countervailing duty updates from the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, EU, Australia, EAEU, Turkey and others; 337 case activities. In addition, we have webinars and seminars, articles and client alerts.


September 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • United Nations: Security Council Resolution 2371 on North Korea
  • WTO: New disputes and action on pending cases
  • WCO: Agenda for the 60th Harmonized System Committee session
  • North America: NAFTA negotiations
  • Canada: NAFTA, CETA (Canada-EU FTA), consultation on Pacific Alliance FTA
  • Mexico: FAST lanes for AEO companies
  • US: Venezuelan sanctions, investigation of China’s IP and technology practices, extension of export control regulations, new Russia, N. Korea and Iran sanctions legislation, government procurement study, Section 301 reviews, GSP review, Russia’s and China’s compliance with WTO commitments, Sugar TRQs, ACE updates, expansion of Global Entry program, CBP’s first decision under EAPA’s duty evasion procedures, government procurement final determinations, guidance for Hurricane Harvey, CEE update, CMAA agreements signed, EPA announces ACE compliance dates, Census updates export Schedule B and AES reports, State modifies Cat. XI of USML temporarily, FDA guidance on drug supply chain
  • Argentina: importation of components needed by domestic oil industry
  • Australia: Consultation on review of UN counter terrorism listings, indexation of duty rates for tobacco products, consultation on regulation 13E of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958
  • PR of China: implementation of UNSC Res. 2371 against N. Korea
  • Japan: Updates end user list
  • New Zealand: trial of critical clearance
  • European Union: Libyan sanctions, Russian sanctions, on-lines sales of goods, classification of certain vehicles
  • Estonia: New Customs Act enters into force
  • Ireland: Launch of Customs Decision System
  • Lithuania: Centralized registration of customs declarations
  • Malta: Introduction of new National Import System
  • United Kingdom: Brexit news, future customs relationship with the EU, sanction program post-Brexit
  • Ukraine: Safeguard investigation on sulfuric acid and oleum

Plus – WTO TBT Notifications, legislation and regulations from the Federal Register, European Journal, Canada Gazette, Mexican Diario Oficial, and similar official gazettes from many other countries; CBSA advance rulings, CBP revocations and modifications, European classification regulations; antidumping and countervailing duty updates from the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, EU, Australia, EAEU, Turkey and others; 337 case activities. In addition, we have webinars and seminars, articles and client alerts.


August 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the August 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • UNSC Res. 2368
  • WTO: review of regional trade agreements; Trade Policy Reviews of EU and Brazil; DSB activities
  • Central America: Guatemala-Honduras Customs Union
  • Canada: MRA with Australia, Israel
  • USA: sanctions update; Executive Orders, continuation of national emergencies; NAFTA objectives and negotiations; sugar TRQs; KORUS FTA meeting; USTR seeks comments on AGOA, CBERA and CBTPA; GSP review; ITC Year in Trade released; US-Mexico sugar agreement; ACAS; adjustment of fees; AES EEI, Global Entry expanded; “Lever Rule” determinations; FTZ actions; FINCEN actions; EAR revisions; FDA low value shipment rules; FSIS guidance for importers; FSIS Siluriformes inspections; FCC modernizes import requirements
  • Argentina: changes to import licensing procedures
  • Ecuador: removal of import surcharges
  • Australia: penalties increase; sanctions review
  • Japan: revised Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act
  • Malaysia: Strategic Trade (Amendment) Act; new GST relief;
  • New Zealand: export of indigenous timber; consultation on drawback
  • Singapore: Strategic Goods Control list
  • Thailand: new e-commerce law; government procurement and supplies management bill
  • Vietnam: new Civil Code amendments affect bank accounts for foreign representative offices and other businesses
  • EU: sanctions and restrictions; consultation on exchange of custom information; EU-Japan EPA; CN amendments
  • Sweden: proposes tightened export controls of military equipment
  • UK: Parliament looks at post-Brexit sanctions policy
  • Qatar: diplomatic crisis

Plus regulations and notices published in government gazettes or posted on government websites that relate to Customs/imports, Exports, Trade Sanctions, Trade Remedies, Government Procurement, Antibribery or related trade issues, as well as links to numerous client alerts and registration information on upcoming webinars or seminars.


July 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • UN: additional sanctions against North Korea
  • WTO: Australia GPA progress, rules of origin. Agriculture exports, trade policy review, dispute resolution and new cases
  • WCO: HSC decisions, news
  • Canada: Canada-Chile FTA modernized, NAFTA consultation
  • Mexico: NAFTA comments and proposals website, government procurement thresholds, export clearance at business premises, elimination of cash payments for passengers, Sugar agreement with US reached
  • United States: Presidential actions, HTS revisions, sanctions extensions and expansions, policy changes for Cuba, USTR seeks info on FTA violations/abuses, out-of-cycle AGOA reviews, NAFTA consultation, safeguard investigation on residential washers, restrictions on imports of Libyan, Peruvian cultural objects, aluminum national security review, CBP customs broker revisions, ACE updates and tests, forced labor regulations, COAC, TAA final determinations, post-importation preference claims, CEEs, CSMS messages, removal of Burmese sanctions, Export Administration Regulations corrections, consumer agencies’ create global website, FTC rules on energy and textile labeling, FDA third party certifications, USDA quotas, mandatory Siluriformes inspection, AD/CVD scope rulings
  • Argentina: MERCOSUR tariff classification decisions
  • Venezuela: new VAT and duty exemptions to aid vehicle and motorcycle manufacturing
  • Australia: ITA duty revisions, export reporting, Nuclear agreement with Ukraine, Pacific Trade and Development Agreement, tariff precedent updates
  • Hong Kong SAR Strategic Commodities Regulations Amendment
  • China: FTZ changes for foreign investment
  • India: Integrated Goods and Services Tax
  • New Zealand: tariff concessions, food import registration, HPA and duty levies for alcohol, ACC levy on motor spirits
  • Philippines: new Tariff Code
  • Singapore: new end-user statement for strategic exports, Customs Act amendments
  • EU/EFTA: extension of sanctions (Russia, Crimea, Syria), trade barriers, duty suspensions, duty-free imports for Italian earthquake victims, revised Union Customs Code implementation rules
  • Switzerland: consultation on customs agreement with US, revised VAT
  • UK: Queen’s Speech (Brexit, Customs, etc.)
  • Egypt: importer registration, new import regulations
  • Qatar: diplomatic and trade crisis

Plus regulations and notices published in government gazettes or posted on government websites that relate to Customs/imports, Exports, Trade Sanctions, Trade Remedies, Government Procurement, Antibribery or related trade issues, as well as links to numerous client alerts and registration information on upcoming webinars or seminars.


June 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: annual report, trade policy review, disputes update, TBT notifications, Mexican retaliation against US in tuna case
  • WCO: new members, new valuation advisory opinion, news
  • APEC: trade ministers statement
  • TPP: ministerial statement from 11 countries to continue TPP
  • ICC: rules of origin recommendations
  • CITES: new notifications
  • Central America: new releases from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama
  • Canada: regulations, notices, restrictive measures, D-memoranda and Customs Notices, anti-dumping cases
  • Mexico: Mexico-EU rules of origin, anti-dumping cases
  • US: trade-related executive orders, extensions of national emergencies, CBP and ICE appropriations, S.Ct case on patent exhaustion, Fed. Circuit case on protesting interest demands, new USTR confirmed, NAFTA negotiations, safeguard case on crystalline silicon photo-voltaic cells, ITC duty suspensions, ITC investigations, US-China economic cooperation action plan, Sec. 232 investigations on aluminum, softwood lumber, NIST guide to electric/electronic compliance requirements, NIST guide on cosmetics, Byrd Amendment (CDSOA) distributions, tuna TRQ, quarterly interest rates, User Fee committee, procurement determination, “Lever” rule application, CBP processing of DDTC licenses for carnets, FTA preference rules analysis, CBP ruling modifications and revocations, BIS Entity list, OFAC SDNs and Ukraine sanctions, Iranian sanctions and waivers, TTB declaration canceled, commercial availability requests (CITA), Commerce extends China NME investigation, anti-dumping cases
  • Argentina; used goods prohibition, MERCOSUR tariff decision, anti-dumping
  • Brazil: CAMEX resolutions and anti-dumping cases
  • Australia: HKFTA negotiations, Australia-New Zealand meet on food regulation, anti-dumping cases
  • India: latest notifications and anti-dumping cases
  • New Zealand: Korean clarification
  • Vietnam: Solar power agreement, latest notices
  • Europe: DRC sanctions, EFTA news, supply chain due diligence, BTI issuing authorities, GSP+ update, OJ notices, regulations and decisions, sanctions updates, Italy anti-corruption regulation, UK notices from HMRC and ECO
  • Eurasian Economic Union: decisions, regulations, etc., anti-dumping cases
  • Russia: partial lifting of Turkish sanctions
  • Iran: sanctions against US companies

Plus regulations and notices published in government gazettes or posted on government websites that relate to Customs/imports, Exports, Trade Sanctions, Trade Remedies, Government Procurement, Antibribery or related trade issues, as well as links to numerous client alerts and registration information on upcoming webinars or seminars.


May 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the May 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: trade policy reviews, disputes, TBT notifications
  • WCO: news releases
  • Canada: consultation on MERCOSUR FTA, softwood lumber, Syrian sanctions, repeal of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberian sanctions, D-Memorandum and Customs Notices
  • US: Executive orders (on FTAs. Trade agreements, Buy American, AD/CVD, etc.), Presidential Memoranda (national Security-imports of steel and aluminum), Puerto Rico’s enhanced security fee challenge, USTR 301 report, Commerce investigations on steel and aluminum imports and trade deficits, GAO report on trade agreements, currency intervention report, MTB (miscellaneous trade bill) updates, CBP origin final determination, OFAC general licenses, sanctions updates, Entity List revisions, conflict minerals reporting update, CPSC safety standards, no TTB regulation of vaping devices, Australia-US food safety, CAFTA-DR annex 3.25, investigation on China NME status
  • Brazil: CAMEX reorganized
  • Australia: strengthening antibribery enforcement, Pacific trade and development agreement, consultations on several FTA proposals
  • Japan: Japan-Korea-China FTA update, North Korean sanctions
  • Malaysia: 2017 tariff now in effect
  • New Zealand: Import certificates, laser import prohibition, single window update
  • Vietnam: solar policy adopted
  • EU and EFTA: Brexit update, EU retaliatory duties against certain US exports, sanctions update, firearms control, requests for suspension of tariffs, revocations of tariff information because of HSC decisions, EU-Turkey update, EU-Indonesia update, TTIP advisory report
  • Croatia: Draft law on customs brokers
  • Germany: export controls update
  • Switzerland: Import promotion programme
  • UK: Consultation on post-Brexit sanctions, enforcement of sanctions
  • Turkey: toy safety regulations, food additives update, ratification of MEDICRIME convention, safeguard investigation on tyres
  • EAEU: single window development, EEC gets new customs powers

Plus regulations and notices published in government gazettes or posted on government websites that relate to Customs/imports, Exports, Trade Sanctions, Trade Remedies, Government Procurement, Antibribery or related trade issues, as well as links to numerous client alerts and registration information on upcoming webinars or seminars.


April 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the April 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: trade in services proposals, trade policy review- Japan, disputes, TBT notifications
  • WCO news
  • CITES updates
  • Central America – updates
  • Canada: single window initiative, self-service border kiosks, Commonwealth trade ministers meeting, consultation on FTA with China, relief from AD on building materials
  • United States: Nominations for CBP Commissioner and Export Administration; executive orders on AD/CVD and trade and customs enforcement,  trade deficit, executive branch reorganization; continuation of national emergencies; TIFA talks with Afghanistan, Vietnam and Laos; USTR issues 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 annual report on trade; GSP product review, ITC posts comments on MTB petitions; CBERA hearing; State consultations on conflict diamonds; extension of cultural property agreements with Belize, Guatemala and Mali; use of domestic steel and iron on pipelines; US, Canadian counterparts meeting; final determinations in procurement cases; Lever Rule treatment approvals; CBP West Coast Trade Symposium; international boycott list; State imposes non-proliferation measures; large export fines; Entity List updates; Commerce committees seek members; OFAC news; CPSC standards updates; FDA amend prior notice regs.; hazmat regs.; AD/CVD and anticircumvention rulings
  • Argentina: Amnesty for customs debts, changes to non-automatic license list
  • Brazil: Meat safety assurances, new CAMEX portal
  • Peru: new labelling requirement for manufactured goods
  • Australia: Japan FTA duty rate changes, Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Regulation, GST threshold changes
  • China: Changes to pre-shipment inspection policy, labor-based trade consequences (article)
  • Vietnam: New decree on commercial mediation
  • EU and EFTA: UK triggers Art. 50 (Brexit), common military list, EEA organic production, EFTA-Malaysia trade negotiations, standardisation initiative, conflict minerals, Russian sanctions extended, access to SWIFT barred for N. Korean banks, Ukrainian sanctions renewed
  • Croatia – eExcise modules for foreign tobacco stamps
  • France: Customs searches for hidden Swiss bank accounts
  • Switzerland: Syrian sanctions partially lifted for humanitarian purposes
  • United Kingdom: Brexit legislation, Art. 50 (Brexit) triggered
  • Turkey: Food labelling requirements
  • Ukraine: ratification of Canada-Ukraine FTA, Russian sanctions
  • Botswana: advance ruling system

Plus legislative or administrative updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial (Mexico), EU Official Journal, and other official gazettes (including some AD/CVD)  from over 30 countries as well as the EU, EFTA, EAEU, plus 337 cases, CBP rulings (revocations and modifications), CBSA advance rulings, and CN Explanatory notes updates as well as updates to antidumping and countervailing duty investigations from the USA, Canada, EU, Australia, Brazil, China and India.


March 2017 International Trade Compliance Update

Welcome to the March 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.Here are some highlights:

•WTO: Trade Facilitation Agreement, trade policy review, disputes
•WCO: Agenda for the 59th Harmonized System Committee meeting
•El Salvador rotates personnel
•Canada: European parliament approves EU-Canada Trade Agreement
•Mexico: New requirements for temporary importation of sensitive goods by IMMEX, NAFTA public consultation
•US: Executive Orders, USTR, GAO report on C-TPAT, COAC, revised policy on post-entry claims for preferential programs, HTS updated in AES, treasury adjusts civil penalties, OFAC updates Iranian medical device list, general license to deal with Russian FSB, BIS updates export compliance guidelines, BIS delays removal of certain nuclear non-proliferation controls, DDTC determination on CARC paints, CPSC statement on safety regulations, FDA and APHIS delay toxins rules
•Australia: Proposed expansion of N. Korean sanctions, tobacco duties increase, TPP action, new country of origin laws
•China: Suspension of N. Korean coal imports, State Council approves food and drug safety 5 year plan, China bans additional exports to N. Korea
•New Zealand: Publication of 2017 rules of origin for all FTAs
•Turkmenistan: New documentation requirement for duty free goods and temporary imports
•Vietnam: Potential new controls on physical and electronic import and export of software and software services, recent developments in trade and customs
•EU-EFTA: European parliament approves CETA, EFTA priorities, EU-Indonesia trade deal proposals, GSP adjustments, updates to national restrictive measures
•Switzerland: Federal Council tightens N. Korean sanctions
•United Kingdom: Export Control Order comes into force, expanded powers for customs officers, overseas territories asset freezing order
•Belarus: Customs cooperation agreement with Georgia, integration of customs systems with national e-portal
•Russia: Sanctions-related legislative initiative
•South Africa: 2017 Harmonized System

Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


February 2017 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter

Welcome to the February 2017 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • UN – Security Council extends Central African Republic sanctions
  • WTO – TRIPS amendment, TFA ratifications, dispute settlement
  • WCO – HS 2017, Rules of origin, Harmonized System Committee meetings
  • Central America – 2017 Central American Tariff
  • Canada – New food safety rules, CBSA trade compliance target areas
  • US – New executive orders, continuation of sanctions,  new sanctions for malicious cyber attacks, regulatory freeze and reform, GSP annual review, Paraguay TIFA, US-Mongolia transparency agreement, duty suspensions, 2017 HTS, steel monitoring, delayed effective dates for numerous regulations, ITDS/ACE,  drawback simplification, 9801.00.10 guidance, BIS actions and regulations, Schedule B (exports) issued, Sudan sanctions and licensing,  spacecraft controls
  • Argentina – expedited disposition of goods
  • Brazil – MERCOSUR adopts 2017 Common external Tariff
  • Venezuela – 2017 Customs Tariff based on MERCOSUR
  • China – Prohibits dual-use exports to N. Korea
  • India – 2017 import policy
  • Indonesia – New export regulations
  • Japan – 2017 Tariff Schedule
  • Malaysia – 2017 Tariff Schedule
  • Taiwan – 2017 Customs Import Tariff, amendments to Customs Act
  • EU/EFTA – TTIP progress, proposed market access for Sri Lanka, Ecuador joins EU-Colombia/Peru FTA, proposal to modernize EU-Turkey Customs Union, registered exporter system
    • UK – May sets out BREXIT objectives
  • EAEU – New Customs Code
  • Middle East/North Africa – New Algerian Finance Law

Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, CBSA Advance rulings section, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


January 2017 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Ecuador’s import surcharge, TFA ratifications, Expanded ITA,  trade policy reviews, disputes, TBT notifications
  • WCO news
  • CITES notifications
  • Central America: Panama publishes 2017 Tariff Schedule
  • Canada: Canada-Ukraine FTA legislation, N. Korea sanctions, eManifest, 2017 Tariff
  • Mexico: Special border tariff extended
  • US: continuation of national emergencies, APEC Business  card, import restrictions, CBP business team, final determinations of origin in procurement cases, Lever Rule applications, rulings, CSMS messages, NNSA consultation rules, FinCEN measures, removal of Liberian sanctions, EAR revisions, ITAR revisions, commodity jurisdiction, restrictive measures from OFAC and State, other agencies implementing ITDS/ACE (CPSC, FDA), FDA qualified importer program, CITA determination
  • South America: resolutions from several countries
  • Australia: Expanded ITA legislation
  • China: MOFCOM and GAC notices
  • New Zealand: TPP legislation passed, testing of trade single window last stages, 2017 Tariff
  • Singapore: revocation of Liberian and Côte d’Ivoire sanctions
  • EU and EFTA: UK relations,  WCO ENs, revised AD/anti-subsidy rules proposes, Iceland ratifies TFA, UK ECO updates, Brexit decision from High Court
  • EAEU: legislation, classification decisions
  • South Africa: tariff and rules amendments

Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


December 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter

Welcome to the December 2016 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Ecuador’s import surcharge, TFA ratifications, Expanded ITA, trade policy reviews, disputes, TBT notifications
  • WCO news
  • CITES notifications
  • Central America: Panama publishes 2017 Tariff Schedule
  • Canada: Canada-Ukraine FTA legislation, N. Korea sanctions, eManifest, 2017 Tariff
  • Mexico: Special border tariff extended
  • US: continuation of national emergencies, APEC Business card, import restrictions, CBP business team, final determinations of origin in procurement cases, Lever Rule applications, rulings, CSMS messages, NNSA consultation rules, FinCEN measures, removal of Liberian sanctions, EAR revisions, ITAR revisions, commodity jurisdiction, restrictive measures from OFAC and State, other agencies implementing ITDS/ACE (CPSC, FDA), FDA qualified importer program, CITA determination
  • South America: resolutions from several countries
  • Australia: Expanded ITA legislation
  • China: MOFCOM and GAC notices
  • New Zealand: TPP legislation passed, testing of trade single window last stages, 2017 Tariff
  • Singapore: revocation of Liberian and Côte d’Ivoire sanctions
  • EU and EFTA: UK relations, WCO ENs, revised AD/anti-subsidy rules proposes, Iceland ratifies TFA, UK ECO updates, Brexit decision from High Court
  • EAEU: legislation, classification decisions
  • South Africa: tariff and rules amendments

Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


November 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Trade policy reviews, disputes
  • WCO: 2017 HS, Customs-Tax cooperation guidelines, 58th HS Committee
  • CITES: COP 17 outcomes
  • Canada: CETA signed, new entry requirements, 2017 HS changes to Customs Tariff
  • Mexico: New requirements to use FAST lanes, US-MX mechanism  to avoid double taxation of maquiladoras, steel duties increased
  • US: National emergencies extended, US-Cuba policies, Burma sanctions terminated, court case on marking duties, duty suspensions and reductions procedures, steel monitoring, ACE updates, liquidation notices, Global Entry, DOJ export control and sanctions voluntary self-disclosure policy, FinCEN Burma exceptions, OFAC guidance, BIS and OFAC Cuba-related expansions, EAR and ITAR updates, FTC Hobby Act, AD/CVD scope rulings
  • Venezuela: exoneration from VAT and Customs for mass transit projects
  • Australia: DIBP voluntary disclosure guidance
  • China: Launch of cooperation platform, end of aircraft tax exemptions
  • New Zealand: Wooden packaging clearance, consultation on pollutants and chemicals,  imports prohibition on asbestos
  • Philippines: Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, increase in de minimis
  • Singapore: SAFTA review  investigation
  • Gulf Coop. Council: Safeguards
  • EU and EFTA: 2017 CN, North Korean sanctions, Syrian conflict, SADC EPA
  • Norway: New advance rulings rules
  • Ukraine: Expansion of Russian sanctions
  • EAEU: EAEU-Vietnam FTA
  • Russia: Partial lifting of Turkish food embargo

Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBSA advance rulings, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


October 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the October 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: 2016 World Trade Report, trade policy reviews, recent disputes, DSB actions
  • Canada: TPP Impact report, guidance on imports/exports of nuclear items, rice exports to China
  • US: Emergency actions and sanctions, Burma/Myanmar GSP benefits and sanctions, ITC rules for tariff suspensions/reductions, DEA revises import/export rules, electronic EPA filings, ITDS/ACE updates, modernization of brokers’ exam, joint US-China IPR enforcement, launch of Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act webpage, ACE liquidation roll-out, forced labor, ITAR and EAR revisions, FCPA, energy labeling rules, FDA “healthy food” labeling guidance, ITA establishes EU-US Privacy Shield fee,  Ukraine and Moldova added to eligible procurement countries
  • Argentina: Reduced requirements for export benefits, removal of payment limitations, cargo weighing requirements, extended terms for currency settlements for exports
  • Chile: Customs Law bill
  • Colombia: Regulations issued under new Customs Code
  • Peru: Decree amends Customs regulations implementing 2015 Customs Law changes
  • Australia: Duty adjustments for tobacco and alcohol
  • Bangladesh: Ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement
  • China: Safeguard investigation on sugar, ban on US beef lifted, expanded ITA takes effect, improvement in standards and quality of consumer goods, Zika rules, expansion of free trade zones
  • New Zealand: Requirement for origin data on exports to China
  • Singapore: Changes to Strategic Goods Control List and Brokering Order
  • Vietnam: Decree issued for preferential tariffs in 2016-2019 implementing free trade agreements
  • EU-wide: Burundi sanctions renewed, proposal to strengthen export controls on dual-use items, Union Customs Code updates, suspension of FARC sanctions, adoption of autonomous Al-Qaida sanctions, establishment of European Border and Coast Guard Agency, CN amendments
  • EEA: Marine equipment directive
  • Finland: regulation of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids
  • UK: House of Lords report on Art. 50 (Brexit), European Commission sets up Brexit task force
  • Turkey: Draft changes to Cosmetics regulations and standards
  • Belarus: Internet portal for person goods imports/exports, fuel export restrictions abolished, public consultation on EAEU Customs Code
  • Russia: New phytosanitary controls at border
  • Bahrain: Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


September 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the September 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO – Russia to submit GPA offer; DSB update
  • WCO – Agenda for 58th Harmonized System Committee
  • Panama – Food safety standards
  • Canada – CETA envoy named
  • Mexico – US-Mexico joint inspections; Special Economic Zones (“ZEE”)
  • US – Nation emergency on export controls extended; GSP review; Notorious Markets; USTR seeks info on WTO commitments from China and Russia; ITC monitoring tool; ITC seeks info on APTA; import restrictions MOU extension proposed for Cyprus, Peru; CBP AD/CVD enforcement; ACE updates; increased administrative exemption amount; Burmese Jade regs. Revised; CBP proposes vehicle imports rule change; restrictions on imports of Syrian artifacts; CBP quarterly interest rate; “Lever Rule”; FTZ activities; EPA bans mercury exports; BIS to align TMP with IMMEX time limits; EAR and ITAR destination control statements harmonized; CPSC exempts certain toys from phthalate tests; new FDA rules on registration; Chinese Zika requirements from FAS; government procurement updates; Commerce modifies ADD price adjustment rule and proposes changes to normal value
  • Brazil – CAMEX Executive Secretariat moving to Foreign Affairs Ministry (“Itamaraty”)
  • Uruguay – Ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
  • Australia – Extends import ban to certain lever-action shotguns
  • China – Revamp of cross border e-commerce regime
  • Japan – Continues to suspend retaliatory duties against US
  • New Zealand – Guidelines for microbial ag. Chemical imports; e-cigarette consultation
  • EU – EU-Jordan origin rules relaxed to aid Syrian refugees; control of dual-use exports; e-cigarette regulations; UK surveys barriers in 7 overseas market; Iran nuclear sanctions; BIS merges with DECC – new DIT takes over export controls
  • Saudi Arabia – Foreign investment rules
  • Turkey – State of Emergency update
  • Ukraine – Central bank eases restrictions on export-import transactions

Senegal – Ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
Plus regulations and legislation from many other countries and from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


August 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the August 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: new members, disputes, new GPA portal, trade policy reviews, TBT notifications, TFA ratifications
  • WCO: new Kyoto party, 2016 Council Session
  • Canada: internal trade agreement, CETA quota consultations, expanded ITA implementation
  • US: expanded ITA implementation, national emergency extensions, new ACE rules
  • GSP review, government procurement, foreign trade barriers, digital working group, WTO case against China export duties, ITC reports, US/Vietnam shrimp agreement, Global Entry expansion, proposed NAFTA marking rule, ISF definition, TAA final determination, CBP webinars, new Jones Act enforcement unit, FTZ activities, HTS updates for AES, OFAC general license, DDTC company visits, revisions to CCL and USML, civil penalty adjustments, FTC warnings
  • Argentina: revised rules for mail and courier shipments
  • Colombia: FTAs
  • Australia: DIBP takes over Norfolk Is. Responsibilities
  • Japan: revision of Export Trade Control Order
  • Korea: FTA
  • New Zealand: export rules for exports to China, TPP consultation, low value imports, new excise rates
  • Vietnam: safeguard investigation
  • EU: EU/China Smart and Secure Trade Lanes expansion, TTIP documents, EU-Canada trade deal, new IP guidelines
  • Switzerland: Liberian sanctions lifted
  • UK: Joint Export Control Unit
  • Turkey: state of emergency
  • Jordan: safeguard investigation
  • Algeria: new investment code

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


July 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Afghanistan becomes member, UAE and Zambia Trade Policy reviews, DSB updates, new Government Procurement Agreement members
  • Canada: Arms Trade Treaty, Customs Act export amendments
  • USA: national emergencies extended, WTO extended Information Technology Agreement in effect, tariff changes, Green Goods update, ITC Chile-US FTA study, ITDS/ACE participation expands, Lever Rule application, government procurement origin determinations, civil monetary penalty adjustments, N. Korea money laundering finding, EAR and ITAR updates, FDA import accounts, FSIS electronic export certification, APHIS Lacey Act amendments, ADD price adjustments
  • Brazil: State Resolution dismisses tax assessments imposing ICMS on temporary imports of assets
  • China: ban on export of military goods to N. Korea
  • Europe: EFTA signs FTA with Georgia, new UCC courses, Brexit information, EU defence-related goods list, extension of Crimean sanctions, conflict minerals, lifting of Côte d’Ivoire sanctions, EU and SADC sign EPA, EU-EFTA standardisation package, implementation of WTO extended ITA agreement
  • Russia: to gradually lift Turkish sanctions, extension of food embargo

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


June 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • UN: Liberian and Côte d’Ivoire sanctions terminated
  • WTO: annual report, trade policy review, recent dispute activity
  • WCO: revised data model released
  • Central America: Guatemala-Honduras Customs integration
  • Canada: US-Canada food safety recognition, wood exports to Australia, Belarus sanctions lifted, policy of FTA electronic certificates of origin
  • Mexico: Mexico-Canada AEO MRA, single window updates, Foreign Trade Rules and Tariff amendments
  • USA: lifting of Vietnam, Côte d’Ivoire and Sri Lanka arms embargo; national emergencies continued, legislation for Miscellaneous Tariff Bill procedures passed, sugar quotas and safeguard trigger levels, ITC report on TPP issued, ACE/ITDS updates, Burmese sanctions amended, oil export licenses removed, FDA food labeling, e-cigarettes subject to FDA rules, FSIS Siluriformes re-inspections, Commerce proposal to limit size of AD/CVD filings
  • South America: update from several countries
  • Australia: new imported food rules
  • China (including Hong Kong SAR): Hong Kong consultation on single trade window, new Chinese declaration requirements
  • New Zealand: TPP bill introduced in Parliament, proposed Customs & Excise Act amendments, consultation on proposed radiation safety regulations, FTA guides released, adjustment of HPA levy rates
  • Europe: revised EU North Korean sanctions, Union Customs Code (UCC) guidance, Tunisia FTA texts released, Swiss Côte d’Ivoire sanctions lifted, Swiss North Korean and Iran sanctions revised, UK Policing and Crime bill, EAEU updates
  • South Africa: tariff and rules revisions

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBSA Advance Rulings, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


May 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the May 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Nairobi update, ITA cuts, review of regional trade agreements, DSB and trade policy updates
  • WCO: new transfer pricing case study, 57th HSC results
  • Panama: new major Customs amendments
  • Canada: SIMA consultation, advance rulings
  • Mexico: implementation of Pacific Alliance agreement
  • United States: sanctions, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill procedures, Cultural Property legislation, AGOA petition process, ITC investigations, SOLAS Reg. VI/2, ACE pilots and updates, COAC news, boycott list, OFAC actions, BIS actions, FTC Hobby Act rules, FDA update, NMFS/NOAA trusted trader program, procurement
  • Brazil-Peru agreement
  • Colombia: new Customs Law
  • Australia: food country of origin labeling, export controls
  • China: new cross-border e-commerce policy
  • India: safeguards, changes in foreign investment rules
  • Korea: food safety registration
  • Vietnam: Law on Export and Import Duties, 2016
  • EU/EFTA: EEA joint decisions, iron and steel surveillance, Union Customs Code updates, retaliatory duties on US goods, TTIP update, sanctions, Common Military List revisions, AEO guidelines, CN revisions, (UK) Brexit articles, UK releases exporter information
  • EAEU decisions and updates, classification decisions
  • South Africa: safeguards, tariff revisions

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, EU Classification Regulations, CBSA Advance Rulings, CBP ruling revocations and modifications, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


April 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the April 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • New Sanctions against North Korea (UN, US)
  • WTO – trade policy reviews; dispute updates
  • Canada – designated persons, halal labeling
  • USA – extensions of national emergencies, reinstatement of AGOA preferences for South Africa, trade preferences for Nepal, sugar TRQ, steel industry, USCG removes restrictions on vessel from Cuba, seafood import monitoring, ACE implemented fully for FDA, tuna TRQ, CBP rules on Cuban flights, extension of restrictions on imports from Colombia or archaeological and ethnological materials, withholding of CDSOA funds due to litigation, expansion of CEEs, increase in de minimis value, FinCEN actions, FTR amendments, removal of HEU Agreement control regulations, revision of Cuban assets controls and licensing, sanctions updates, removal of USDA COOL regulations, Commerce scope and anticircumvention rulings
  • Venezuela – extension to comply with alcoholic beverage labeling rules
  • Australia – ADD/CVD verification reporting, revision of Iran countermeasures
  • EU and EFTA – public consultation on EU-Turkey trade and economic relations, consultation on EU-Australia/New Zealand trade and economic relations, TTIP documents released, Union Customs Code, updates to GSP preferences, Switzerland strengthens controls on Tibetan antelope wool shawls

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, EU Classification Regulations, CBSA Advance Rulings, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


March 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the March 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership, APEC environmental goods
  • Cuba-US commercial air service
  • Iran Sanctions updates from Canada, New Zealand
  • North Korean sanctions: US, Japan
  • Mexico: export list amended
  • US: Cuban vessels; Libyan sanctions; new Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act; US-Laos TIFA; GSP review; USTR requests Peru timber verification; EU-US data agreement; expansion of Global Entry to German citizens; domestic party petition on classification of steel tubing; ACE; USVI automation assessment; BIS Entity List; State/BIS USML/CCL proposed amendments; FTC challenge to “Made in USA” labels; Energy import certifications
  • ASEAN 2025
  • Australia: increase in tobacco duty rates
  • Japan: amends end-user list
  • South Korea: Gaesong (Kaesong) Industrial Complex shut down
  • New Zealand: New food import law
  • EU: Belarus sanctions; UK referendum on EU membership and new status for UK if it remains; possible new methodology for PRC ADD cases; IP implications of new Union Customs Code
  • EAEU: new decisions
  • South Africa: accepts Protocol amending WTO Trips Agreement

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, EU Classification Regulations, CBSA Advance Rulings, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


February 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • Iran sanctions updates from US (several), Canada, Australia, EU, Germany, UK (several), Switzerland
  • UN – possible new sanctions against North Korea, exporters will be required to verify container weights for most water shipments
  • WTO – trade policy review and dispute updates
  • WCO – Agenda for upcoming 57th Harmonized System Committee meeting, revised HS correlation tables
  • TPP update
  • Canada – new export program
  • Mexico – lowers duties on environmental goods; 6th Amendment to the Foreign Trade Rules
  • US – continuation of national emergency, AGOA and GSP, government procurement, 2016 HTS, Australia FTA regulations, FCC removes Cuba from Exclusion List, Cuban update, latest boycott list, FTC jewelry guides
  • Australia – indexation of duties for excise-equivalent goods
  • Indonesia – MoT restores ability of manufacturers to import
  • Vietnam – Vietnam-Korea FTA
  • EU – Union Customs Code, EU-Ukraine Agreement
  • Switzerland – new rules on designating Switzerland as origin
  • UK – Updates to open general export licenses (OGELs)
  • Russia – Sanctions against Turkey
  • Algeria – New rules on liaison offices, 2016 Finance Law
  • Egypt – New registration requirement for certain finished goods exporters

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union, and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, CBSA Advance Rulings, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


January 2016 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the January 2016 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO Ministerial update, adoption of expanded ITA, COOL case arbitration report
  • WCO news
  • Canada: Single Window Initiative, TFA funding, Government reorganization
  • Mexico: Revision of prohibited import-export list
  • USA: new law prohibiting cosmetic microbeads; HTS revisions; Ex-Im Bank reauthorized; oil exports allowed, COOL repealed, CBP funded; Customs Authorization conference report; USTR report on China’s WTO compliance; USTR seeks comments on “green goods”; ACE updates from several agencies; Apparel, Footwear and Textile CEE responsibilities expanded; sanctions updates (new Cyber Sanctions regs., Russia/Ukraine, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Sudan); BIS penalties, crude petroleum licensing and Wassenaar update; State munitions list modifications; FSIS catfish inspections; government procurement – new TAA thresholds, DOD seeks comments on MOU with Japan, new WTO GPA countries
  • Argentina: new Government introduces major changes and relaxes some import, export and exchange control requirements
  • Australia: China-Australia FTA origin rules; prohibited imports; licence changes; import processing fees restructured
  • China: Tariff amendments
  • Korea: Korea-China FTA enters into force
  • New Zealand: Korea-NZ FTA tariff changes
  • Philippines: legislation regulating import, export and re-export of strategic goods
  • EU/EFTA: Union Customs Code detailed regulations and transitional rules issued; dual use list updated; EU-Vietnam FTA finalised
  • EAEU: EEC to create single Customs IPR registry; Russia issues list of banned Turkish products

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


December 2015 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the December 2015 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO – new members, disputes update
  • Other international matters – TTP, TTIP status reports
  • Canada – single window initiative
  • US – new Burundi sanctions; end of Liberian sanctions; renewals of national emergencies; notification of intent to sign TPP sent to Congress; USTR actions on AGOA, GSP; FTC labeling rules
  • US – USITC starts review of TPP; CAFC case on 337 jurisdiction; 2022 HS proposals; CBP finalizes bond regulations; FOIA revisions; OFAC general licenses; EAR amendments; sanctions updates
  • US – FDA foreign supplier and certification rules; DFARS update
  • Brazil – State VAT levies on imports; IPI on imports
  • Venezuela – VAT/customs duty exemptions
  • Australia – ADD reforms; DECO general licenses; new export control guidance; DIBP open consultation on customs licensing
  • Hong Kong – court case on accepting payments for “external” work
  • India – easement of retail foreign investment rules
  • New Zealand – new obligations for hazardous substances importers and manufacturers
  • EU – adoption of UCC; revision of public procurement thresholds; EU-Korea FTA; marking guidelines for West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem products; chemical import requirements; German export rules; (UK) transitional arrangements for withdrawal of “earlier sale” for Customs valuation under UCC;
  • Switzerland – new money laundering law
  • Russia – Sanctions against Turkey; possible move towards Customs/Tax administrations merger

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


November 2015 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the November 2015 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • New Baker & McKenzie TPP Resource Center
  • WTO news, disputes, agreements
  • TPP agreement reached – links to text
  • TTIP – status of negotiations
  • Costa Rica – FTA guidelines for in-transit and transshipments
  • Canada – retroactive price adjustments, CFIA updates
  • Mexico – temporary steel tariff increases
  • U.S. – extension of emergency actions, JCPOA (Iran), AGOA, GSP, HTSA revision, NCAP, ITDS and ACE updates, ACS to ACE transition, end of 2006 softwood lumber agreement with Canada, final determination in TAA cases, sanctions, export reform, government procurement,
  • Argentina – new control system for signs and/or labels
  • Brazil – compliance program guidelines
  • Indonesia – new regulations on importing industrial finished goods, stimulus package
  • New Zealand – food import controls
  • Europe – EU releases 2016 Combined Nomenclature, reporting mechanism for illicit small arms trade, JCPOA implementation, sanctions, duty suspensions, Ukraine e-Commerce law,
  • EAEU legislation
  • Algeria – new code for public tenders, foreign investment
  • South Africa – tariff adjustments

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


October 2015 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the October 2015 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Trade Facilitation Agreement; Trade policy reviews, disputes
  • WCO 56th Harmonized System Committee
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • US: National emergency extensions; various IPR programs; USITC “Green Goods” investigation; ACE tests; COAC and DTAG meetings; Cuban sanctions and export controls; other sanctions and export control programs; FDA administrative destruction; Lacey Act; government procurement
  • Brazil: Public consultations on FTAs with various countries
  • Japan: Export of caviar
  • Malaysia and Vietnam: New safeguards investigations
  • New Zealand: ASEAN-Australia-NZ FTA protocol; guidance on classification of gold, silver and platinum; FernMark; GST consultation
  • Singapore: Revision of Strategic Goods Control list, brokering and transhipment; combating terrorism financing
  • EU: EU-New Zealand FTA initialed; EU-Albania FTA amended; Ukraine sanctions; GSP rules for open mesh glass fibers; EU-Georgia FTA talks; UK guide to packaging requirements; Serious Fraud Office annual report
  • Ukraine: Removes auto safeguards; Russian sanctions
  • Eurasian Economic Union: Duties reduced on 4000 products
  • South Africa: Agreement with US on protocol to address agricultural issues

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.


September 2015 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the September 2015 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • Canada: General Export Permit 41 (Dual-use goods and technology to certain destinations); D-Memos and Customs Notices
  • Mexico: Third Amendment to Tax Rules –Impact on maquiladoras
  • USA: Continuation of Export Control Regulations; USTR seeks input on China’s and Russia’s WTO implementation; Curacao gets CBTPA benefits; USTR GSP, CBERA/CBTPA and AGOA reviews; Expanded USITC authority; other agencies test CBP’s ITDS/ACE Single Window; CBP tests Export Manifest; ACE updates; OFAC, State, BIS updates
  • New Zealand joins WTO Government Procurement Agreement
  • Australia: New country of origin regime for food labels; GST changes; TPP and biologics
  • Indonesia: amendment of import duties
  • Malaysia: List of ICT products subject to licensing
  • Iran sanctions updates from several countries
  • EAEU: Kyrgyzstan joins, Cambodia expresses interest in joining; domestic producers; medicine registration; Russian restrictions on EU and Turkish detergents and food imports

August 2015 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the August 2015 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: Kazakhstan and Liberia accession updates, expanded ITA, Trade in services update, trade policy reviews, DSB activities
  • Iran negotiations and sanctions
  • Regional agreement negotiations: TPP, TTIP, RCEP, Pacific Alliance
  • Canada: expanded Israel FTA, Ukraine FTA
  • US: national emergencies extended, government procurement, GSP retroactive refunds, additional agencies test ITDS single window, AES updates to HTS, OFAC Crimea advisory, OFAC Venezuelan sanctions, Ukraine general licenses, BIS entity list, Cuba’s removal from State Sponsor of Terrorism list, EAR amendments
  • Brazil: increase in import taxes
  • Australia: trusted trader test, merger of Customs and Immigration, Australia-China FTA, GST to cover digital products
  • New Zealand: import controls on e-cigarettes, firearms exports
  • Thailand: imports for pharma trials
  • Vietnam: draft exceptions to import ban on used IT products
  • Europe: EU adoption of delegated act to implement new Union Customs Code, public consultation on dual-use export policy, consultation on update of EU-Mexico FTA, EU-Ukraine talks, Netherlands “human rights” export policy, Poland’s new parallel trade in medicinals policy, Switzerland-US MRA on organic standards, new UK tariff classification advice system, report on export licensing to Israel
  • Eurasian Economic Union: decisions, orders, recommendations, classification decisions
  • Africa, South African updates, Namibia to implement advance ruling system for origin and tariff classification

Plus much more. Add the usual language but please note there are no European Classification regulations or Explanatory notes to the CN. There are however CBSA rulings.


July 2015 International Trade Compliance Update Newsletter
Welcome to the July 2015 edition of Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

Here are some highlights:

  • WTO: US-COOL dispute, Kazakhstan’s accession package, negotiations on GPA, TFA, disputes, trade policy reviews
  • WCO: new HS contracting parties, results of 55th HSC session
  • Canada: Ukraine/Russia update, COOL, CBSA advance rulings posted
  • US: national emergency extensions, trade legislation enacted, Cuba removed as State Sponsor of Terrorism, USTR updates, CBP to provide export assistance in classification and valuation issues, ACE updates, expansion of CEE post-release processes, C-TPAT for exporters, Iran update, BIS and State revisions, FDA qualified importer program, TRQ and safeguard trigger levels, Commerce AD/CVD scope rulings
  • Brazil: false origin investigations, temporary tariff reductions
  • Asia-Pacific: China-Australia FTA, new www.border.gov.au website, EU-China Mutual Recognition Agreement, China-S. Korea FTA; changes to New Zealand import levies for alcohol, biosecurity, and motor spirits; revisions to New Zealand’s AD/CVD regime, increase in New Zealand penalties for “objectionable publications,” ban of waste tyre exports to China and Vietnam; Thailand’s control on exports of dual-use items
  • Europe (EU and EFTA): EU China MRA, EFTA-Central America FTA update, Japan-EU JCCC, EU imposes additional measures on Yemen, EEA plant protection package, CN explanatory notes update, UK guidance on Iran
  • Eurasian Economic Union: Board and Council decisions, orders and recommendations
  • Africa: South African rules amendments and tariff updates, Morocco safeguards on paper
  • Trade compliance enforcement actions, newsletters and client alerts, webinars, seminars

Plus our regulatory updates from the Federal Register, Canada Gazette, Diario Oficial de la Federación, Official Journal of the EU, Eurasian Economic Union and other official gazettes. We are also including WTO TBT updates, 337 cases, antidumping and countervailing duty updates from US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China, Australia, EU, and India.