In This Week's Issue


December 15, 2014

Congress Protects Confidential Export License Data
Congress has stepped in to protect export license application data from release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and short-circuited a lawsuit seeking release of...

China Continues to Block Progress on ITA Deal
Despite the widely hailed agreement between the U.S. and China in November to get talks back on track on an Information Technology Agreement (ITA), Beijing continued to...

NASA’s Orion Space Program Eligible for STA
The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) will be able to share all of the data for its Orion space program with its European partners without needing export...

BIS Unveils New Conditions Language for Export Licenses
BIS began Dec. 8 to include a new shorter, standard conditions’ statement on approved licenses in an effort to eliminate confusion and clarify the scope of individual licenses...

Pulungan’s Quest for Compensation in Export Case Dismissed
The long-running legal battle of Doli Syarief Pulungan ended with a whimper Dec. 9. One day before a scheduled status hearing on his case, a federal district court judge...

U.S., EU Trade Ministers Prepare to Restart TTIP Negotiations
As they began a “fresh start” toward a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the U.S. and European Union (EU) trade officials smiled for the cameras, but...

WTO Still Has Mixed Views on Indian Steel CVD Case
Indian trade officials are calling a mixed World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body (AB) decision on a U.S. countervailing duty (CVD) order on hot-rolled steel from...

Industry Takes Issue with BIS Recordkeeping Requirements
BIS asked for advice on changing recordkeeping requirements in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and industry was happy to oblige. In comments posted on...

Use of License Exception STA Has “Flattened,” Wolf Reports
After growing steadily and exponentially during most of 2014, the use of License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) has “actually flattened out a little bit...

Export Reforms Cutting Interagency Disputes, Wolf Says
The age-old pattern of interagency disputes over export control policies and licensing decisions has nearly been eliminated by export control reforms, contends BIS Assistant...

Congress Adopts New Sanctions Against Russia, Syria
Congress ignored White House and industry objections to the enactment of new sanctions against Russia, enacting new legislation (S. 2828) Dec. 11 to impose sanctions on Russian...

Standard Chartered Gets Three More Years of Scrutiny
Citing new information about recent sanctions violations and less-than-perfect compliance with a previous settlement, Justice Dec. 9 extended a two-year deferred prosecution...

Congress Opens Way for Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials
In the rush to complete legislation before the end of their lame-duck session, the House and Senate approved legislation (S. 2142) that would authorize the president to impose...

Justice Avoids Charging Export Violations in Technical Data Case
For at least the second time in recent months, Justice has chosen not to charge an export control violation for the attempted export of controlled technical data, opting instead to...

Briefs: Senate, China, BIS Budget, Export Enforcement, FCPA, Encryption

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