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New Export Controls to Combat Malicious Cyber Activities

U.S. Department of Commerce Implements New Export Controls to Combat Malicious Cyber Activities

Key Points On March 7, 2022, new U.S. export controls applicable to “cybersecurity items” took effect based on an interim final rule published by BIS on October 21, 2021 (the “Cyber Rule”). The controls under the Cyber Rule are complex because they restrict exports intended for malicious cyber activities and to certain countries and governments, butRead More »U.S. Department of Commerce Implements New Export Controls to Combat Malicious Cyber Activities
Air Transportation Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations

Air Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium-Ion Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations

REGULATORY UPDATE The International Air Transport Association (IATA) now forbids shipping stand-alone lithium metal batteries, UN3090, and stand-alone lithium-ion batteries, UN3480, classified as  Section II shipments via air. Section II shipments are smaller shipments of lithium batteries that had previously been granted exceptions for many of the IATA’s dangerous air goods shipping rules. The updatedRead More »Air Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium-Ion Batteries Revised for the 2022 Regulations
Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers

Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers

By Scott Lincicome // CATO Institute As we at Cato frequently explain, “trade remedies” tariffs — antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard actions — are one of U.S. trade policy’s dirty little secrets. They’re insanely (and intentionally) complex, buried in layers of regulatory mumbo‐​jumbo, and thus mostly ignored by politicians, media, and laypeople who often claim or believe thatRead More »Dumping on American Builders and Homebuyers
USDA APHIS Original Certificate

Original Certificate Required for Plant Commodities April 1, 2022

Regulatory Alert: APHIS Original Phytosanitary Certificate and Forms Required Effective April 1, 2022, February 7, 2022   WHAT IS THIS APHIS DATE CHANGE ABOUT? In response to the unprecedented challenges facing the trade from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) allowed importers of plant commodities to upload copies of phytosanitaryRead More »Original Certificate Required for Plant Commodities April 1, 2022

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: What Importers Must Know

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: What Importers Must Know New legislation that is intended to exclude products made in whole or in part with forced labor by persecuted minorities in China from entry into the United States will go into effect on June 21, 2022. The new legislation creates a rebuttable presumption that goods madeRead More »Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: What Importers Must Know
USCBP SECTION 307

Section 307 of the Tariff Act: What Does It Mean for Importers?

Section 307 of the Tariff Act Prohibits the importation of any items that were made, in whole or in part, with forced or indentured labor. CBP enforces the law through the issuance of Withhold Release orders that deny entry to shipments the agency believes have products or uses components made with forced labor. In theRead More »Section 307 of the Tariff Act: What Does It Mean for Importers?
The White House released “A Proclamation to Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes”

Updates to Harmonized Tariff Schedule of The United States

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Last year the World Customs Organization (WCO) released 2022 Harmonized Systems Updates. The updates mark the most significant changes in the HTS in over five years. US Importers need to prepare for implementing the new schedule that will go into effect on January 27, 2022.   On December 23, the Presidential Proclamation modification of the HarmonizedRead More »Updates to Harmonized Tariff Schedule of The United States
ITAR VIOLATION

First time DOJ has charged hacking as a violation of ITAR

In a keynote address at the Global Investigations Review Connect: New York conference on October 5, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General John Carlin provided insights into future Department of Justice (“ DOJ ” or the “Department”) corporate enforcement. Of particular note, and which has been largely unnoticed, Carlin highlighted the Department’s heightened focus on sanctions and exportRead More »First time DOJ has charged hacking as a violation of ITAR