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The US Customs and Border Protection has issued a Withhold Release Order against a Chinese fishing fleet for suspected use of forced labor in its fishing operations. The WRO instructs CBP personnel at all US ports of entry to detain tuna, swordfish, and other seafood that has been harvested by a fleet of 32 vessels owned and operated by Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd.

On 28 May 2021, US Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register a notice of intent to distribute assessed antidumping or countervailing duties in connection with countervailing duty orders, antidumping duty orders, or findings under the Antidumping Act of 1921 (known collectively as the continued dumping and subsidy offset) for Fiscal Year 2021 pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 (CDSOA).

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 17 May 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued an additional round of sanctions pursuant to Executive Order 14014 “Blocking Property with Respect to the Situation in Burma.” This client alert discusses some of the legal implications of the latest round of measures and their impact on businesses’ day-to-day operations in the country, including their dealings with ministries or government agencies that are headed by an SDN.

On 4 June 2021, the Philippine National Privacy Commission (NPC) announced that it will be holding off the launch of its eRehistro system in order “to make way for a complete solution that integrates all the services related to data privacy compliance.”