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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.

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