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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.

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