In a May 4 article published by American City Business Journals’ The Playbook, I offered insight on the opportunities for small businesses to engage with federal contracting and practical steps to get started.

The federal government spent more than $665 billion on contracts in FY2020, and a variety of special programs for contracts are designed to meet the goal of spending at least 23% of all contracting dollars with small business owners.

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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 Thursday, May 5. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the end of this blog post.

Commerce Department Adds to List of Russia/Belarus-Owned Aircraft that Operated in Violation of the EAR

On April 28, the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) added six more Utair aircraft to its list of aircraft that have flown into Russia and/or Belarus in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). With these additions, BIS now has 159 aircraft on the list. BIS issued an initial list on March 18 and updated the list on March 30, April 8, April 14, and April 21.

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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 Wednesday, April 27. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the end of this blog post.

Commerce Issues Temporary Denial Order Against Russian Cargo Airline

On April 21, the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) issued a temporary denial order (TDO) against Aviastar, citing ongoing violations of the comprehensive export controls imposed on Russia by the Commerce Department. Aviastar is headquartered in Moscow and provides various cargo services to Russia. Aviastar joins Russian airlines Aeroflot, Utair, and Azur Air, which are already subject to TDOs. See our April 7 blog on previously issued TDOs.

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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 April 18. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the end of this blog post.

President Biden Extends National Emergency under Executive Order 14024

On April 13, President Biden extended the national emergency declared under Executive Order (EO) 14024 for an additional year due to the harmful foreign activities of the Russian government. EO 14024, as expanded by EOs 14039, 14066, 14068, and 14071, provides the overarching authorization for the U.S. government to take the actions described in our updates.

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For a virtual panel discussion on March 23, I shared insight on issues facing in-house counsel relating to the increasing trade restrictions stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

While sanctions and export controls have largely focused on Russia to date, companies should also prepare for the possibility of U.S. sanctions against China.  I explained that the U.S. has already put in place “broad authority to start imposing sanctions” against China, and could introduce sanctions and other restrictions to dissuade China from supporting Russia.

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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 April 11. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the bottom of this page.

Commerce Expands Export Restrictions Against Russia and Belarus; Adds to List of Countries Exempt from the Foreign Direct Product (FDP) Rule.

On April 9, the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) announced that it has expanded the license requirement for exports to Russia and to Belarus of Categories 0, 1, and 2 of the Commerce Control List (CCL). BIS also removed Belarus from eligibility for license exception AVS. BIS had previously established a license requirement for Russia and Belarus for categories 3 through 9 of the CCL.  See our posts from February 25 and March 3 on previous license requirements.

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While we are still in the first half of 2022, it has already been a busy year in terms of labor and employment developments for government contractors. For any companies doing work for the federal government, whether as prime contractors or as subcontractors, it can be challenging to keep up with the perpetually changing requirements, particularly when the changes occur this quickly.

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I recently provided insight for an article in Law360 examining the impacts that the Russian invasion in Ukraine is having on supply chain issues, with a focus on the federal contractor sector. Although Russia is not a major trade partner with the United States, the sanctions issued by the United States and other countries have impacted the global supply chain of goods, with the technology sector particularly affected.

Speaking of the impact of the sanctions, I explained, “You do have a decent number of U.S. companies that get a lot of inputs from Russia and Russian suppliers. And now that’s gotten much harder.” I added, “Some U.S. companies have decided to stop doing business in Russia altogether, even if that affects their supply chains, deciding that the compliance issues and reputational risks aren’t worth it.”

The full article, “Contractors Feel Impact of Russia Trade Disruptions,” was published by Law360 on April 6 and is available online.

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 April 7. This post supplements our previous summaries, which are available by following the links at the bottom of this page.

Commerce Issues Temporary Denial Orders Against Three Russian Airlines

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued Temporary Denial Orders (TDOs) denying the export privileges of three Russian airlines – Aeroflot, Azur Air, and UTair.  In announcing this action, BIS stated that the three airlines are continuing to violate comprehensive U.S. export controls imposed on Russia.  The TDOs extend for 180-days and may be renewed.  The TDOs terminate the right of these airlines to participate in transactions subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including exports from the United States and re-exports from abroad.

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I recently provided comments for an article in Law.com examining how foreign companies that are continuing to operate in Russia can continue to pay employees while world leaders are imposing economic sanctions making the transfer of funds into Russia difficult. Making the situation more tenuous is the possible retribution that companies or individual employees may face by the Russian government if the company ceases operations entirely.

“We’re trying to read the tea leaves of what the Russian government is most concerned about when they have threatened foreign companies that have halted operations or pulled out of Russia,” I explained in the article. “I’m just not that concerned that Russia thinks, ‘Oh, no, society is going to break down if people can’t buy Coca-Cola anymore.’ But they may be concerned that if Coca-Cola has … 10,000 employees in Russia, and all of a sudden those people are unemployed, that those people … are going to be a threat to social order.”

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