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On 25 August 2021 the EU Commission published guidance on the transitional rules of origin in the pan-Euro-Mediterranean area. The EU is currently amending 21 origin protocols within the pan-Euro-Mediterranean area by implementing an alternative set of rules of origin which will apply alongside the rules of the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin.

The scope of the two Open General Export Licences (OGEL) for security items has been further refined and amendments to the OGELs were on 26 May 2021 published by the Department for International Trade in a Notice to Exporters. The updated OGELs permit the export of low-risk information security items that rely on encryption technologies listed in Schedule 1 to each OGEL.

On August 6, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA“) issued a temporary final rule extending and modifying FEMA’s previously imposed restrictions on the export from the United States of certain personal protective equipment (“PPE Products“) used in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (“Extension Rule“).  The original restrictions on…