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Chandler S. Leonard is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade Group. Chandler’s practice focuses on export controls and economic sanctions issues, including voluntary disclosures and enforcement matters before the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury. Chandler has experience analyzing and advising U.S. and non-U.S. companies with respect to proposed transfers of U.S. origin technology, software, hardware, and services. She has performed jurisdictional and classification analyses under the ITAR and EAR, including drafting Commodity Jurisdiction requests and CJ Reconsideration requests. She assists in developing and/or reviewing U.S. export and sanctions compliance programs, including risk assessments. Chandler also has experience training a wide variety of audiences, both U.S. and foreign, on compliance with U.S. export control and sanctions requirements.

President Joseph Biden formally announced via Executive Order that the following Russian-origin goods will no longer be permitted importation into the U.S. customs territory:

  • Fish, seafood, and preparations thereof;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Non-industrial diamonds; and
  • Any other products of Russian Federation-origin as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary

Friday, March 11, 2022 – Today, United States President Joseph Biden formally announced via Executive Order that the following Russian-origin goods will no longer be permitted importation into the U.S. customs territory:

  • Fish, seafood, and preparations thereof;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Non-industrial diamonds; and
  • Any other products of Russian Federation-origin as may be determined by the Secretary

On January 12, 2022 the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a federal register notice delaying the effective date of new controls on cybersecurity items and an accompanying new license exception. The rules are now set to take effect on March 7, 2022.

The new controls were published in an 

On December 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) both issued final rules adding export restrictions on Cambodia.

BIS amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement more restrictive export controls for Cambodia to ensure that items

On November 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a final rule adding Ethiopia to the Proscribed Country List found in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) in § 126.1 and also updating the existing restrictions on Eritrea.

A policy of denial now applies to licenses (or

On October 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced its proposal to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in order to clarify and expand restrictions on the availability of License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization (License Exception STA or STA) for items controlled by the EAR. BIS proposed clarifying

On August 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that it had reached a settlement agreement with Dynatex International (“Dynatex” or “the company”) – a California-based semiconductor company – where the company would pay a civil penalty of $469,060 for allegedly violating the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

In its

On July 9, 2021, The Department of Commerce (DOC) determined that 23 Chinese companies took actions contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States and were added to the Entities List. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) noted that it “publishes the names of certain foreign persons – including businesses, research institutions,

On June 24, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added five Chinese entities to the Entity List for partaking in the forced labor of Muslim minority groups from Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China. This action by the BIS – which specifically targets the five entities’ ability to access

On June 17, 2021, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California unsealed an indictment that accuses five defendants of having conspired to unlawfully export thermal imaging riflescopes and night-visions goggles to Russia. All five defendants are charged with conspiring to violate the Arms Export