In This Week's Issue


March 30, 2015

BIS, DDTC to Propose Rules for Data in the Cloud
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) plan to propose harmonized rules that will exclude from the definition...

Best Case Scenario: TPA in April; TPP in June
After months of debate and years of negotiations, there is growing expectation that fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be...

Officials Quell Gun Industry Concerns About Reform Reversal
BIS and DDTC officials have denied that they have any plans to reverse export control reforms for shotguns and rifle scopes and move those items from the Commerce Control...

PayPal Fined $7.66 Million for Processing Blocked Accounts
Electronic payment service firm PayPal agreed March 25 to pay $7.66 million to settle Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) charges that it violated U.S. sanctions...

Schlumberger Unit Pays $232.7 Million for Violating Sanctions
Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd. (SOHL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of oilfield services company Schlumberger Ltd., pleaded guilty March 25 to a one-count criminal...

Business Needs to Make Better Case for TTIP, Executive Argues
After the official “fresh start” in the talks toward a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the business community on both sides needs to make a better case...

OFAC Drops Cuban SDNs in Housecleaning Move
Treasury officials claim the removal of 45 Cuba-related individuals, entities and vessels from its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list March 24 was just part of the department’s...

Azevedo Aims to End Stalemate in WTO Trade Negotiations
The year 2015 will be “of great significance” for the multilateral trading system, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo told reporters March 26...

Elements Seen for Smaller Doha Deal in Nairobi
Trade officials in Geneva are beginning to talk about a substantial decrease in the ambition and scope of a possible Doha Round agreement with an eye toward closing a...

Delayed Surveillance Export Controls Coming Soon
Commerce and State appear to have partly resolved a disagreement that has delayed publication of new rules the Wassenaar Arrangement adopted in December 2013 to control...

Leaked ISDS Text Stirs up Heat on TPP
The leak of the secret January version of the investor-state dispute-settlement (ISDS) text from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks and a recent NAFTA arbitration ruling in...

Briefs: Export Enforcement, Matchbooks, Drones, WTO, Category XII, Candles

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