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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.
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