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.

U.S. Government Agencies Update Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

The U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, Labor and USTR urges businesses, individuals, investors, consultants, labor brokers, academic institutions, and research service providers to be aware of the significant reputational, economic, and legal risks of their involvement with operations, supply chains.

Commerce Department Adds 77 Individuals and Companies to the Entity List

On December 18, 2020, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced that it was adding 77 individuals and companies from various countries to the Entity List. The BIS explained that these parties were added to the Entity List because they have ties to China’s military, support China’s militarization of the South China Sea, are involved in human rights violations, have stolen U.S. technologies or trade secrets, and/or have committed U.S. export violations. The new controls on these entities took effect on December 18th. The Entity List can be found in Supplement No. 4 to Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. Pars 730 – 774) (“EAR”). U.S. persons are prohibited from exporting, reexporting or transferring in-country all items that are subject to the EAR to the listed parties without first obtaining a license from BIS. In addition, no EAR license exceptions are available for transactions