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Insights U.S.-China Trade Dispute Easing: “Phase One” Deal and Other Tariff Updates

U.S. Plans to Reduce Tariffs

On December 18, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) officially signaled the first real respite in the ongoing trade war with China by publishing a Notice of Modification of Action[1] to suspend a planned 15% duty on certain products from China that was originally scheduled to take effect on December 15, 2019. This early Christmas present came after nearly two years of the USTR extending and increasing tariffs on Chinese goods pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 (“Section 301”). Read more…

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2019 BIS Enforcement Actions: Lessons for 2020 and Beyond

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) entered into six settlement agreements with companies (not including individuals) for export violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). Through December, enforcement actions were brought against Multiwire Laboratories, Ltd. (“Multiwire”), Jaguar Imports, LLC (“Jaguar Imports”), AW-Tronics LLC (“AW-Tronics”), Arrowtronic, LLC (“Arrowtronic”), Cotran Corporation (“Cotran”), and Ghaddar Machinery Co., SAL (“Ghaddar”). Read more…

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Ensure Import Compliance with Spot-Check Audits of Carrier Billing Statements

Very few words evoke feelings of fear and loathing quite like the word “audit.” But Compliance professionals understand that auditing internal trade compliance processes is a necessary method of maintaining healthy trade controls and avoiding costly penalties.

Performing an audit does not have to be a major undertaking: sometimes a focused spot check can be very revealing. For example, if your company relies on a common carrier such as FedEx Corporation, United Parcel Service, or DHL International to take care of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP” or “Customs”) import clearances, consider reviewing the monthly billing statement on a regular basis. Read more…

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Proposed Regulations Set to Expand Authority of CFIUS

This article first appeared in the Newsletter of the International Law Section (www.ilstexas.org) of the State Bar of Texas, and is reproduced with the Section’s permission. This article was written prior to the two final regulations issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on January 13, 2020.

  1. Introduction: New Regulations

On September 17, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued two proposed rules that would expand the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”).[1] The proposed regulations are implemented pursuant to the Foreign Investment Review Modernization Act of 2018 (“FIRRMA”), which was signed into law in August 2018. If enacted, these new proposed regulations could have major implications on foreign investment and real estate transactions in the United States and investors and companies must be aware of such potential impact. Read more…

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Hall & Wilcox lawyers named as 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to announce 36 lawyers have been recognised in the 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia list as published in today’s Australian Financial Review.

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Location Matters: The Perils of Geographic Names as Trade-marks

By Andrew Dixon

When choosing a trade or business name, it may seem like a good idea to incorporate the location of your business into the name. There are benefits: it is helpful for marketing, it gives your target audience an idea of where your business is and who your market is, it can help establish your business in a neighborhood, and it can help you build a brand based on community and locality.

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