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BIS Issues Final Rule Suspending License Exceptions Under The Export Administration Regulations For Hong Kong

BIS Issues Final Rule Suspending License Exceptions Under The Export Administration Regulations For Hong Kong

by Melissa Proctor • July 31, 2020

Today (July 31, 2020), the BIS published its Final Rule revising the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. Parts 730 – 774) (EAR) and suspending license exceptions that were previously applicable to Hong Kong. License exceptions are authorizations under the EAR that allow exports, reexports or in-country transfers without a license from the BIS provided that […]


The Suspension of Hong Kong’s Special Trade Status Poses New Export, Sanctions and Import Compliance Requirements on U.S. Companies

The Suspension of Hong Kong’s Special Trade Status Poses New Export, Sanctions and Import Compliance Requirements on U.S. Companies

by Melissa Proctor • July 30, 2020

On July 14, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13936 formally suspending Hong Kong’s special trade status under U.S. law. Several weeks earlier, on May 27, 2020, the Department of State certified to Congress that Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by virtue of, among other things, […]


USMCA Certification Requirements and Sample Template

USMCA Certification Requirements and Sample Template

by Melissa Proctor • July 27, 2020

Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that entered into force on July 1, 2020, there is no required certificate of origin form or specified format for exporters, producers, or importers to use to certify that their goods satisfy the USMCA origin criteria and qualify for preferential trade benefits. Instead, importers must have a written certification […]


BIS Makes Significant EAR Rule Changes Impacting the Military “Catch-All” Controls, License Exception CIV and License Exception APR

by Melissa Proctor • June 5, 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published three notices that would amend the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. Parts 730 – 774) (“EAR”) in order to advance to advance the objectives of the Administration’s National Security Strategy released in 2017, as well as address the challenges discussed in […]


Recent Federal Maritime Commission Activity - millerproctorlaw.com

Recent Federal Maritime Commission Activity

by Melissa Proctor • May 7, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a press release of immediate interest to the international transportation community granting temporary relief from certain service contract requirements. The FMC’s mission is to ensure a competitive and reliable international ocean transportation supply system that supports the U.S. economy and protects the public from unfair […]


US and UK Launch Virtual Negotiations of a New Free Trade Agreement This Week - millerproctorlaw.com

US and UK Launch Virtual Negotiations of a New Free Trade Agreement This Week

by Melissa Proctor • May 5, 2020

The United States and the United Kingdom will begin virtually negotiations of a new free trade agreement this week. The talks will be conducted remotely through video conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic with US and UK negotiators engaging in discussions over the next two week in nearly 30 different negotiating groups covering all aspects […]


USTR Notifies Congress that USMCA Will Enter into Force on July 1st - millerproctorlaw.com

USTR Notifies Congress that USMCA Will Enter into Force on July 1st

by Melissa Proctor • April 24, 2020

Today (April 24, 2020), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that Canada, Mexico and the United States have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and therefore the Agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020. The USMCA is the successor agreement to the North American […]


Side-by-Side Comparison of Key Provisions in the NAFTA and the USMCA

Side-by-Side Comparison of Key Provisions in the NAFTA and the USMCA

by Melissa Proctor • April 22, 2020

As the USMCA’s entry into force nears, U.S. importers and exporters who have been making NAFTA claims or issuing NAFTA Certificates of Origin should become familiar with the provisions that will remain essentially the same under the USMCA as well as with the modifications that the USMCA will make to the prior NAFTA requirements. The […]


USTR Requests Petitions from North American Auto Producers

USTR Requests Petitions from North American Auto Producers to Use Alternative Staging Regime for the USMCA Rules of Origin

by Melissa Proctor • April 22, 2020

On April 21, 2020, USTR published a Request for Petitions from North American automotive producers of passenger vehicles and light trucks for an alternative to the standard staging regime for the rules of origin for automotive goods under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), that will soon replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Petitions must […]


Update on Recent COVID-19 Developments for Importers and Exporters

Update on Recent COVID-19 Developments for Importers and Exporters

by Melissa Proctor • April 22, 2020

The table below provides a summary of recent import and export developments announced by the U.S. federal government agencies shown below (as of April 21, 2020) in response to the global pandemic. New information is shown below in red, and additional updates will be provided as new announcements are made. If you have any questions […]