In This Week's Issue


July 27, 2015

EU Seeks Public Comments on Export Control Reform
The European Unionís (EU) attempt to catch up with U.S. export control reforms took another step forward with a European Commission call July 15 for public comments for...

Ex-Im Could Get Short-Term Extension, Maybe
The fate of the now-lapsed Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) charter has become entangled in a battle between the House and Senate over legislation (H.R. 22) to renew the Highway...

12,000 Gun Owners Fire on Stateís ITAR Definitions Proposal
Two weeks before the deadline for comments on a proposal to harmonize export control definitions, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has already gotten almost...

Talks Remain on Sensitive ITA Products After Deal
The full impact of the agreement adopted July 24 on the expansion of the World Trade Organizationís (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) wonít be known for...

Refunds of Tariffs on GSP Goods Coming, Customs Promises
Importers who paid tariffs on goods that were subject to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) during the period when the program had lapsed could start seeing refunds...

As Embassies Reopen, BIS Drops Cuba from Terrorism Controls
As the Cuban flag was being raised at Cubaís new embassy in Washington, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) posted changes to the Export Administration Regulations...

Lago Gets Quick Confirmation Hearing at Finance
After waiting eight months to get a confirmation hearing to be deputy USTR, Marisa Lago spent only an hour before the Senate Finance Committee July 23, providing boilerplate...

Louis Berger Pays $17 Million to Settle FCPA Charges
Louis Berger International Inc. (LBI), the N.J.-based international construction management company, agreed to pay a $17.1 million criminal penalty under a three-year deferred...

U.S. Loses WTO Case on Import Restrictions on Argentine Beef
Trade critics got more ammunition July 24 to complain about foreign bureaucrats interfering with U.S. sovereignty in a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruling that said...

Wolf Says BIS May Be Limited in Changing Cybersecurity Rule
BIS may be limited in how it can respond to widespread criticism it has received in comments on its proposed cybersecurity rule, according to BIS Assistant Secretary Kevin...

Unions File Complaint Against Peruís Violation of Labor Deal
As negotiators prepare for the next round of talks on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the dealís provisions on labor rights enforcement are likely to get increased attention...

Briefs: Export Enforcement, Steel Pipes, AGOA, Ex-Im Fraud, Aluminum Extrusions

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