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Please join us for an update from our Supply Chain and Forced Labor team on the current state of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) withhold release orders (WRO), findings, and how to successfully modify a WRO, submit WRO detention responses that work, and the timeline to have

Join us for this second webinar in our series aimed at exploring best practices in mergers & acquisitions involving government contractors. In this webinar, we will focus on national security-related issues and risks impacting transactions involving government contractors. Topics will include:

  • Due diligence risk areas, including facility and personnel clearances, supply chain security, cybersecurity, export

To complement legislation introduced by Ohio Sens. Rob Portman (R) and Sherrod Brown (D), the House included changes to trade remedies law in the COMPETES Act. In addition to the updates outlined in our May 2021 update, the COMPETES Act also grants U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) a statutory basis to investigate claims

On March 1, 2022, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the President’s 2022 Trade Policy Agenda and USTR’s 2021 Annual Report. These documents are issued yearly to Congress pursuant to Section 163 of the Trade Act of 1974. The agenda, which has historically been used as a messaging document, highlights the unique approach each

On February 16, 2022, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2021 Report on China’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Compliance. The report, issued yearly to Congress pursuant to section 421 of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000, outlines the current Administration’s assessment of China’s membership in the WTO. Notably, this year marks the 20

On February 8, 2022, The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended  the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding Wuxi Biologics, one of the most valuable Chinese biotechnology companies, and thirty-two other organizations to the Unverified List (UVL).

In the accompanying BIS press release, Matthew S. Axelrod, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, noted that

On February 7, 2022, the United States and Japan issued a joint statement announcing a 232 tariff agreement allowing historically-based sustainable volumes of Japanese steel products to enter the U.S. market without tariffs.

An overview of the actions as provided by the Department of Commerce is provided below:

The United States will replace the existing

On January 25, 2022, the House Ways and Means Committee released the America COMPETES Act as the House counterpart to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. Commonly referred to as the China packages, both pieces of legislation include trade titles which will now proceed to conference following a floor vote in the House. While the

On October 4, 2021, United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) Katherine Tai delivered a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) highlighting the Biden Administration’s new strategy for navigating U.S.-China trade relations. Ambassador Tai focused her remarks on President Biden’s vision for a worker-centered trade policy in the U.S.-China trade dynamic, however the

On September 16, 2021, China announced that its Minister of Commerce, Wang Wentao, submitted a formal application to New Zealand’s Minister of Trade and Export Growth to join CPTPP. This is accompanied by recent efforts by Chinese embassy officials to lobby the Australian parliament for assistance in joining the trading pact.

The pact, consisting of