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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 […]


What's Next for the USMCA and When Will It Take Effect?

What’s Next for the USMCA and When Will It Take Effect?

by Melissa Proctor • April 20, 2020

Now that Canada, Mexico and the United State have ratified[1] the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and have passed the Agreement through their national legislatures, what will happen next? The USMCA is the intended successor agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Some have jokingly referred to the USMCA as simply “NAFTA 2.0” while […]


Temporary 90-Day Postponement of Duties, Fees and Taxes

Temporary 90-Day Postponement of Duties, Fees and Taxes Announced for Importers Encountering Significant Financial Hardship

by Melissa Proctor • April 20, 2020

Importers suffering significant financial hardship in light of the global pandemic may have their duties, fees and taxes on entries of imported merchandise made in March and April postponed for a period of 90 days. On April 18th, President Trump signed an Executive Order authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to temporarily extend deadlines for […]


COVID-19 Developments for Importers and Exporters

Update on Recent COVID-19 Developments for Importers and Exporters – New Information Added

by Melissa Proctor • April 16, 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 March 27, 2020). New information is shown below in red, and additional updates will be provided as new announcements are made.   Recent Import Developments International Trade Commission   ITC to Issue […]