In This Week's Issue


May 25, 2015

Wolf Acknowledges Difficulties of Firearms Transfers
Now that proposals to move some products from U.S. Munitions List (USML) Categories I (firearms), II (guns and armament) and III (ammunition) to the Commerce Control List (CCL) are moving forward...

Export-Import Bank Faces Likelihood of Another Short-Term Extension
Despite a commitment that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made May 21 to Export- Import Bank supporters in the Senate that they would get a vote in the Senate in June on reauthorization...

Ex-Im Report Cites Growth of “Asian Model” of Trade Finance
Countries such as China, Japan and Korea have adopted an “Asian model” to financing and managing major foreign projects, which results in their exporters having an advantage over American competitors...

House Bill Would End COOL Following WTO Ruling
The House Agriculture Committee moved quickly May 20 to repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for imported meat two days after the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body...

BIS, OFAC Ease Exports of Internet Software to Crimea
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) coordinated efforts May 22 to allow exports of publicly available personal communication software and...

BHP Billiton Pays $25 Million for Violating FCPA at Beijing Olympics
Australian mining firm BHP Billon (BHPB) agreed May 20 to pay $25 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by sponsoring...

State Proposes Clarified ITAR Requirements for Defense Services
DDTC will propose changes May 26 to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to clarify licensing and registration requirements for U.S. persons providing defense services while employed by...

U.S. Protests WIPO Expansion of Geographic Indications Rights
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations (UN) body dedicated to the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), brush aside the opposition of the U.S. and several other...

BIS Warns Exporters of Potential Reexports to Russia
As BIS eased restrictions on telecommunications software to Crimea, it warned companies to practice due diligence in exporting controlled items that could be transshipped to Russia...

TPP Debate Continues Between Administration, NGOs
As the Senate debated fast track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Obama administration officials continued to be locked in a battle of words with nonprofit labor and environmental groups over the Trans- Pacific...

BIS Adds Restrictions to Exports of Cybersecurity Items
After a few fits and starts, BIS May 20 proposed new restrictions on exports of cybersecurity products and network intrusion software the Wassenaar Arrangement adopted in December 2013. Admitting it...

BIS Implements Extensive Wassenaar List Changes
BIS implemented numerous export control list changes May 21 to put in place revisions that the Wassenaar Arrangement, the multilateral export control regime, adopted at its plenary session in December 2014...

Agencies Harmonize Export Destination Control Statements
As exporters transition products from the jurisdiction of DDTC to BIS, the two agencies are looking to make the exporting process as seamless as possible for companies that straddle the line between them...

Fast-Track Legislation Passes Senate After Hard Debate
If Shakespeare were writing the script for the Senate consideration of fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) the week of May 18, he might have titled it, “All’s Well That Ends Well.” After much...

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