Our international trade compliance lawyers from around the world reviewed major developments impacting international trade for this year's Global Year-End Review of Import/Export & Trade Compliance Developments Conference.

Click on the links below to watch a 75-minute recorded session covering topics such as global sanctions, export controls, enforcement, customs, forced labor updates in US, Canada, UK and EU, China, Asia Pacific and Latin America trade developments among others.


Day One - December 5, 2023


Sanctions Developments (US, EU, UK, Switzerland, Canada)

Speakers: Alison Stafford Powell (Chair), Janet Kim, Kerry Contini, Ben Smith, Seher Budak, Phil Reich, Hanna Shtepa, Julia Webster

  • Russia
  • Changing approaches to sanctions screening/control
  • Broader cooperation themes
  • Looking ahead - Risk identification, assessment, and planning
  • Various sanctions developments

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Export Control Developments in the US, EU and UK

Speakers: John McKenzie (Chair), Alison Stafford Powell, Paul Amberg, Derk Christiaans, Lise Test

  • Semiconductor controls in the US, Netherlands and Japan - thorny questions and broader impacts
  • Coping with the foreign direct product jurisdictional rules
  • Emerging technologies/ICTS regime
  • UK/EU export control developments
  • New US outbound investment regime

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China's Trade Developments

Speakers: John McKenzie (Chair), Frank Pan, Vivian Wu, Tina Li, Ivy Tan, Iris Zhang

  • Update on Chinese retaliatory sanctions and trends of enforcement
  • New export controls on germanium, gallium and graphite as retaliatory measures and their practical implications for supply chain sustainability
  • Cybersecurity rules update from market entry and supply chain perspectives
  • Counter-espionage law amendment and national security-related enforcement’s implications for trade due diligence and internal investigations
  • Cross-border data transfer statutory requirement update and implications for internal and external investigations
  • Customs audit trends and voluntary disclosure update

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Day Two - December 6, 2023


Customs and Import Developments (US, Canada, Mexico, EU, UK)

Speakers: John McKenzie (Chair), Meredith DeMent, Jennifer Revis, Nicole Looks, Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez, Julia Webster, Christine Streatfeild, Arnoud Willems, Bregt Natens

  • Customs valuation and origin developments
  • USMCA Updated: origin verifications, Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, key compliance considerations
  • Brexit issues
  • EU: Planned revamp of EU customs legislation by 2035
  • Customs enforcement trends and practices
  • Section 301 updates and anti-dumping investigation trends in the US
  • Trade remedies updates & mitigating risk of anti-dumping duties and systematically identifying opportunities to obtain protection from ADD/CVDs

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Forced Labor, Supply Chain Due Diligence and Risk Mitigation

Speakers: John McKenzie (Chair), Meredith DeMent, Eunkyung Kim Shin, Jennifer Revis, Alexander Ehrle
  • UFLPA supply chain mapping, risk mitigation and enforcement
  • Other forced labor tools & related developments in the US
  • EU supply chain due diligence developments including forced labor
    • EU carbon border mechanism
    • EU/UK deforestation measures
    • EU/UK plastics

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Enforcement Trends and Risk Mitigation Across the G7

Speakers: Alison Stafford Powell (Chair), Terry Gilroy, Alex Lamy, Tristan Grimmer, Jessica Nall
  • Enforcement priorities of and collaboration between the US and its allies
  • Enforcement tools and policies in support of enforcement priorities
  • Approach to voluntary self-disclosures
  • Key cases
  • How sanctions cases arise/are identified
  • Proactive preparation for enforcement and other scrutiny (e.g. whistleblowers, media)
  • Trade secret theft meets sanctions enforcement
  • The "China Initiative" Criminal enforcement – DOJ’s National Security Division progress towards goals

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Day Three - December 7, 2023

AI and Trade-related Risks

Speakers: Alison Stafford Powell (Chair), Janet Kim, Adam Aft, Tristan Grimmer, Sue McLean

  • AI, Version 1.0
  • Differences in US vs. European approaches to regulating AI
  • Current and emerging export control and sanctions framework for tackling AI
  • SaaS/IaaS
  • AI in compliance programs; use of AI to facilitate trade compliance; in enforcement

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LATAM Trade Developments (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru)

Speakers: John McKenzie (Chair), Jose Hoyos-Robles, Alessandra Machado (Of Counsel, Trench Rossi Watanabe), Francisco Negrao (Partner, Trench Rossi Watanabe), Esteban Ropolo, Gonzalo Bernal, Juan David Lopez

  • Geopolitical situation in the Latin American region
  • Foreign Trade Audits
  • Tariff Changes / Trade Remedies
  • Free Trade Agreements in Latin America
  • Country-specific trends and developments (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru)

* Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law

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APAC Trade Developments (Japan, ASEAN, Taiwan)

Speakers: John McKenzie (Chair), Anne Petterd, Ivy Tan, Louis Hsieh, Izumi Matsumoto

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Taiwan

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