I will join Brian Mulier (Bird & Bird LLP) and Keith Huffman (SAP) to present a workshop titled “A Multi-Jurisdictional Discussion of Export Controls on China, Russia and Belarus: Contrasting US, UK and EU Restrictions” on Monday, November 14 from 1:30-5:00 pm at the London Forum on Global Econonic Sanctions being held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel.

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I will join Lexia Krown, Vice President Global Trade Compliance at ESAB Corporation to present a workshop titled “The Ins and Outs of EAR Licensing Exceptions: How to Determine If, When and How They Apply” on Thursday, October 20 from 1:00-4:30 pm  ET as part of the ACI Proficiency Series: Export Administration Regulations.

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The Bass, Berry & Sims international trade team is actively monitoring the situation in Russia and Ukraine and providing real-time advice to clients on managing the situation. This post summarizes new U.S. sanctions and export restrictions as of Monday, October 3. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the end of this blog post.

Commerce Adds Iranian Aircraft to List of Aircraft Operated in Violation of the EAR

On September 19, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) updated its growing list of aircraft that have flown into Russia and/or Belarus in apparent violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). As discussed previously, these aircraft are essentially off limits for any person to service (or operate), given that nearly any dealing with respect to such an aircraft would violate General Prohibition 10 of the EAR.

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On September 15, President Biden announced the issuance of Executive Order (EO) 14083 to sharpen the focus of inbound investment screening by more formally tying the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the Committee) to the president’s national security prerogatives. For the first time since the Committee was established in 1975, the EO provides formal presidential direction delineating five specific factors for the Committee to consider when reviewing foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.

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On September 9, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule to clarify how American industry can participate in international standards-setting activities when interacting with entities on the Entity List.

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Today, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule adding seven Chinese entities to the Entity List. The U.S. government determined these seven entities, primarily supporting the Chinese aerospace and space industries, had acted “contrary to national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.” BIS stated that the entities were acquiring or attempting to acquire U.S.-origin items to support China’s military modernization campaign. These seven entities bring the total number of listed Chinese entities to approximately 600.

Continue Reading Commerce Targets Chinese Military-Civil Fusion Program as Seven Chinese Entities Added to the Entity List

The Bass, Berry & Sims international trade team is actively monitoring the situation in Russia and Ukraine and providing real-time advice to clients on managing the situation. This post summarizes new U.S. sanctions and export restrictions as of Tuesday, August 9. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the end of this blog post.

Treasury Targets Broad Range of Entities in Recent Round of Sanctions

On August 2, acting pursuant to Executive Order 14024, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions designating members of the Russian elite, a multinational corporation, and sanctions evaders.

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On August 9, President Biden plans to sign the CHIPS and Science Act into law in the White House Rose Garden. The bill provides $52.7 billion in subsidies and incentives to domestic semiconductor manufacturers to strengthen existing supply chains and better compete with China. While details of the bill have been debated as the legislation has gone through multiple rounds of revisions and edits, elected officials have remained focused on the goal of enacting a bill that ensures funding to promote domestic rather than non-U.S. business. To realize those ambitions, the legislative authors took a page from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ (CIFUS) playbook, producing a quasi-outbound investment screening mechanism that could bring big changes.

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On July 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing a complaint from Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) and holding it liable for violating the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA) even though the common carrier had been completely unaware of its violation. On appeal, FedEx unsuccessfully argued the Department of Commerce’s strict liability interpretation of 15 C.F.R.  § 764.2(b) is ultra vires – a clear overstep of statutory authority.

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