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On May 17, 2024, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a Final Rule revising the Section 232 tariff exclusion process for imported steel and aluminum products. These changes, effective July 1, 2024, are intended “to refine the framework under which exclusions from the tariffs on steel and aluminum can be requested,

On May 17, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Federal Register notice announcing that effective immediately, 26 Chinese entities have been added to the UFLPA Entity List. These entities include cotton traders and warehouse facilities within China, but the majority of which operate outside of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). DHS

Citing national security concerns, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) on May 13, 2024, demanding a Chinese-affiliated company “sell or transfer” its ownership interests and any other rights in an approximately 12-acre lot that comes within one mile of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base (“Warren AFB”) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The divestment order is particularly

Key Notes:

  • The Section 301 tariff actions have been effective in encouraging China to take steps toward eliminating its unfair practices, but it has not eliminated many of its forced technology transfer-related acts, policies and practices.
  • Products currently subject to Section 301 duties will remain subject to the existing additional duties.
  • The USTR will implement

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  • The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis requires the reporting of certain statistical data on foreign direct investment in the United States. This includes reporting data when a foreign entity acquires a U.S. business, when a foreign entity or its existing U.S. affiliate establishes a new legal entity, or when an existing

On May 10, 2024, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela-related General License 8N, extending authorization until November 15, 2024 for certain activities previously authorized under General License 8M. General License 8N authorizes the continuation of transactions and activities “ordinarily incident and necessary to the limited maintenance of

On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed into law a broad national security package which included the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024; Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024; Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024; 21st Century Peace through Strength Act; FEND off Fentanyl Act; and the Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity for Ukrainians Act.

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  • On April 16, 2024, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the Department of Commerce, announced the launch of a new funding opportunity called the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program for CHIPS for America – CHIPS Metrology.
  • The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is aimed at enhancing small businesses’

On May 1, 2024, the State Department published a proposed rule to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and establish an exemption to the licensing requirement for exports, reexports, transfers, or temporary import of defense articles to or within Australia and the United Kingdom. This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals of