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In This Week's Issue


January 18, 2021

State Returns Cuba to U.S. Terrorism List
In one of several parting shots, the administration Jan. 11 said it was returning Cuba to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSTs) for “repeatedly providing support for acts of...

USTR Punts Tariff Action on Currency, Digital Taxes
In another example of “let the next administration deal with it,” the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office Jan. 15 said that Vietnam’s policies related to currency...

BIS Adds Chinese Firms to MEU, Entity Lists
In an effort to clean out its backlog before the new team moves in, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Jan. 15 added China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) to its...

CBP Broadens Restrictions on Cotton, Tomatoes from Xinjiang
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Jan. 13 issued a withhold release order (WRO) against cotton products and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur...

BIS Loosens Controls on Certain Commercial Drones
During the last week of the current administration, BIS Jan. 12 revised its regulations to reflect the administration’s export policy on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to allow...

Tai Promises Worker-Centered Trade Policy
In contrast to previous administrations’ trade policy that focused on consumers, the incoming administration freely refers to the need to protect workers and fight climate...

Commerce Creates Process to Secure Supply Chain
Commerce took a step forward in implementing the current administration’s efforts to secure the information and communications technology and services (ICTS) supply chain...

Despite Boasting, China Trade Numbers Don't Hit Target
As the president prepares to leave Washington and the phase-one trade deal with China marks its first anniversary, experts find it is a good time to take stock of U.S.-China...

USTR Issues Annual Shame List of Notorious Markets
Consider it one less thing to pass on to the next shift. The USTR’s office Jan. 14 issued its Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets a few months early, highlighting 39 online...

Briefs: Export Enforcement, JCPOA, Sudan

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