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Due to the editor’s vacation schedule, there will be no separate July issue. However, this issue will cover activities through approximately June 14. As a result, this issue has more pages than our regular issues. The next issue will cover activities in late June and July, but will cover fewer countries. As you may have noticed, recent regular issues of the monthly International Trade Compliance Update have grown in size, to the extent that the contents are becoming unwieldy. Beginning with this issue, we will be eliminating some of the material that has appeared in the past, including general material that does not directly relate to international trade, and we will be experimenting with how the contents are organized. Your comments and suggestions in this regard, especially with respect to what should be retained or eliminated, are welcomed and should be addressed to the editor. Please use “ITCU Comments” as the subject line.

Some examples of what materials are being eliminated are listed on page 144 of the update.

Welcome to the June 2019 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update.

This issue’s highlights:

  • WTO: trade policy reviews, Appellate Body discussions, disputes
  • WCO: Revised Kyoto Convention accessions, news
  • African Continental Free Trade Agreement
  • CITES: notifications
  • GAIN Reports: Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS), Exporter Guides, China tariff exclusion process explained, import licenses
  • Canada: Agreement on steel and aluminum tariffs, advance rulings, notices and D-memoranda
  • Mexico: Removal of retaliatory duties, agreement on steel and aluminum tariffs
  • United States: Presidential d cuments, tariffs against Mexico, removal of India and Turkey from GSP, reduction of tariffs on Turkish steel, removal of sec. 232 tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico, restrictions on Huawei, proclamation on auto tariff delay, new or revised Iranian, Venezuelan and Cuban sanctions, GSP product review, solar safeguard exclusions, sec. 301 tariff increases, next list and exclusions, Commerce’s new sec. 232 Exclusions Portal, cultural property extension, APEC Business Travel Card regulations, CDSOA notice of intent to distribute offset, C-TPAT security criteria, final determination, Lever Rule application, CSMS messages, FTZ electronic applications, OFAC penalty adjustments, BIS controls on emerging tech., Entity List revisions, OFAC compliance framework, temporary halt on dogs from Egypt
  • Argentina: New statistical fee and exemptions
  • China: Product exclusion process, increased tariff on certain US goods
  • India: CBIC and DGFT notifications, circulars and instructions
  • Iran: 2015 nuclear deal update
  • Japan: Dairy TRQs announced
  • Thailand: Draft regulation on cannabis imports/exports, protection of domestic industries, trade controls on WMD related items
  • Vietnam: Restrictions on imports of used equipment
    • EU and EFTA: Sanctions for cyber attacks, proposal for WTO rules on e-commerce
    • Belgium: Blocking regulation
    • Switzerland: FTA with Indonesia, MOU with USCBP, consultations on trade agreement with UK, lower textile duties
    • UK: DIT lists country-by-country guidance if UK exits EU without a deal

In addition, there are regulations from Canada, Mexico, US, India, the EU and EFTA and many of their member states, the Eurasian Economic Union and South Africa, rulings from the EU, Canada and the US, plus antidumping, countervailing duties and safeguard listings as well as client alerts and insight articles that may be of interest to international traders

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