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Siemens Cracks Down on Russian Sanctions Evasion

Siemens, a German corporation, has announced that it will no longer deliver power plant equipment to state-controlled firms in Russia after it claimed to discover that Siemens’ Russian customer, Technopromexport, had diverted gas power plant turbines to the disputed territory of Crimea. The United States and the European Union have implemented sanctions targeting Crimea since … Continue Reading

EU Considering Retaliatory Measures on U.S. Exports of Whiskey, Juice, and Dairy Products Over Steel

The European Union is threatening to impose retaliatory measures on several key export products, including whiskey, orange juice, and dairy products, if President Trump follows through with plans to limit steel imports based on national security concerns. At a G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the … Continue Reading

Trump Issues New Cuba Restrictions

Late last week, President Trump issued a directive that would purportedly “cancel” the recent changes in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations made under President Obama’s administration.  This announcement caused confusion in the business community, which had relied on the Obama administration’s changes to begin commercial engagement in Cuba.  Even though the directive actually leaves many … Continue Reading

U.S. Lawmakers Move to End Cuba Travel and Export Restrictions

On May 25th, U.S. Senators introduced the “Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017” (S. 1287).  The bill is sponsored by 54 senators and it would eliminate restrictions on travel to Cuba by American citizens and legal residents, and associated travel related banking restrictions.  Fourteen sponsors introduced a “Freedom to Export to … Continue Reading

Do You Qualify For Duty Savings Under the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement?

The much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada going into effect this summer is a terrific opportunity for importers to take advantage of duty savings.  The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) expands market access for the EU and Canada through comprehensive tariff elimination across all sectors of the economy. Under … Continue Reading
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