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BIS Proposes New Export Controls On Certain Automated Peptide Synthesizers

On April 20, 2023, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a Proposed Rule for the imposition of export controls on certain automated peptide synthesizers typically used in biotechnology research and development activities. BIS proposes to treat such equipment as emerging and foundational technologies that are essential to U.S. national security under Section 1758 of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (“ECRA” at 50 U.S.C. 4801–4852). See 88 Federal Register 24341 (April 20, 2023). BIS previously published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in September 2022

The Disruptive Technology Strike Force

The U.S. Justice and Commerce Departments Announce Their New Export and Sanctions Enforcement Initiative: The Disruptive Technology Strike Force On February 16, 2023, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Commerce Department (“DOC”) issued a joint press release announcing the launch of the new Disruptive Technology Strike Force (“DIS-TECH Strike Force”). It will be led by the DOJ’s National Security Division and the DOC’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”), will consist of federal prosecutors, the FBI and Homeland Security

USTR Issues Notice and Request for Comments on Reinstatement of Expired Section 301 Product Exclusions

On October 5, 2021, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a Notice and Request for Comments on the possible reinstatement of expired product exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs on China. Comments must be submitted to the public docket on the web portal at https://comments.USTR.gov on or before December 1, 2021. The public docket on the web portal will open for comments on October 12, 2021. By way of background, and beginning in June 2018, USTR began imposing additional duties on products of China in four tranches, otherwise referred to as List 1, List 2, List 3 and List 4A. (Although List 4B was published, no tariffs are currently in effect.)  The additional tariffs were imposed as a result of USTR’s investigation into China’s practice of requiring U.S. companies to transfer their intellectual property rights and technologies to Chinese companies in order to obtain business licenses and

FMC Announces 8 Recommendations to Improve Supply Chain Congestion

FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye presented eight (8) interim recommendations to address supply chain congestion across the United States, and she plans to hold meetings in the near future with Supply Chain Innovation Teams to address container disruptions and increase supply chain visibility.

Federal Maritime Commission’s Ocean Carrier Audit Program

The “Vessel Operating Common Carrier Audit Program” has a dedicated audit team that will assess carrier compliance with the FMC’s rule on detention and demurrage and provide information it considers beneficial to monitoring the marketplace for ocean cargo services.

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