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Welcome to the July 2017 edition of Baker McKenzie’s International Trade Compliance Update. You can access the full update via the link below.

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Here are some highlights:

  • UN: additional sanctions against North Korea
  • WTO: Australia GPA progress, rules of origin. Agriculture exports, trade policy review, dispute resolution and new cases
  • WCO: HSC decisions, news
  • Canada: Canada-Chile FTA modernized, NAFTA consultation
  • Mexico: NAFTA comments and proposals website, government procurement thresholds, export clearance at business premises, elimination of cash payments for passengers, Sugar agreement with US reached
  • United States: Presidential actions, HTS revisions, sanctions extensions and expansions, policy changes for Cuba, USTR seeks info on FTA violations/abuses, out-of-cycle AGOA reviews, NAFTA consultation, safeguard investigation on residential washers, restrictions on imports of Libyan, Peruvian cultural objects, aluminum national security review, CBP customs broker revisions, ACE updates and tests, forced labor regulations, COAC, TAA final determinations, post-importation preference claims, CEEs, CSMS messages, removal of Burmese sanctions, Export Administration Regulations corrections, consumer agencies’ create global website, FTC rules on energy and textile labeling, FDA third party certifications, USDA quotas, mandatory Siluriformes inspection, AD/CVD scope rulings
  • Argentina: MERCOSUR tariff classification decisions
  • Venezuela: new VAT and duty exemptions to aid vehicle and motorcycle manufacturing
  • Australia: ITA duty revisions, export reporting, Nuclear agreement with Ukraine, Pacific Trade and Development Agreement, tariff precedent updates
  • Hong Kong SAR Strategic Commodities Regulations Amendment
  • China: FTZ changes for foreign investment
  • India: Integrated Goods and Services Tax
  • New Zealand: tariff concessions, food import registration, HPA and duty levies for alcohol, ACC levy on motor spirits
  • Philippines: new Tariff Code
  • Singapore: new end-user statement for strategic exports, Customs Act amendments
  • EU/EFTA: extension of sanctions (Russia, Crimea, Syria), trade barriers, duty suspensions, duty-free imports for Italian earthquake victims, revised Union Customs Code implementation rules
  • Switzerland: consultation on customs agreement with US, revised VAT
  • UK: Queen’s Speech (Brexit, Customs, etc.)
  • Egypt: importer registration, new import regulations
  • Qatar: diplomatic and trade crisis

Plus regulations and notices published in government gazettes or posted on government websites that relate to Customs/imports, Exports, Trade Sanctions, Trade Remedies, Government Procurement, Antibribery or related trade issues, as well as links to numerous client alerts and registration information on upcoming webinars or seminars.