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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.

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