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April 3, 2006
Wine Industry
The United States and the European Union have signed a bilateral wine trade agreement that will facilitate trade but also increase competition in the two wine markets. Both the United States and the EU view the accord as a "win-win," agreement, which specifically addresses wine-making practices and labeling of wines in ways that will have a direct impact on the California wine industry, as well as on other U.S. and EU winemakers. More…

Bilateral Trade
On March 8, the Bush Administration announced its latest plan to help U.S. exporters and importers do business in the Asia-Pacific market – a proposed U.S. – Malaysia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The agreement is expected to liberalize access to the U.S. and Malaysia’s markets for consumer goods, services and agriculture and also impose greater protection for U.S. foreign investments and intellectual property rights. More…

European Union Introduces “Flexible” Features into Its Anti-Dumping Measures. In an effort to introduce a new element of “flexibility” into the EU’s anti-dumping policy, the European Commission will for the first time introduce phased-in and downsized anti-dumping measures against imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam. The new approach is an effort to strike a balance between the competing commercial interests that almost invariably emerge in EU anti-dumping cases. More….



The US and the EU have come together to request WTO consultations with China on its tariffs on automotive parts signaling an important change in the relationship among the three trading partners. Since China joined the WTO in 2001, an informal policy of restraint has been exercised by the three sides and China has rarely been involved in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. That situation appears to be about to dramatically alter. More…




Investors clearly have begun to realize the significance of the rights guaranteed to them under NAFTA and other investment treaties, as well as their ability to enforce them. This is evident by the recent increase in investor-state disputes. More…



Two initiatives currently underway in the U.S. government may make the prospects of bringing antidumping actions less attractive to U.S. petitioners. More…



China “catch all” export control delayed but not dead; major review of China export policy underway. Many exporters were heartened by the recent retreat by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) on proposed changes to the deemed export rule. But BIS has not abandoned another troubling change that is causing many exporters to review their export profile and consider possible limits on China and other markets. More…


U.S. extraterritorial sanctions continue to wreak havoc with sourcing for companies worldwide. The recent renewal of the U.S. emergency with respect to Iran and the ongoing tightening of the embargo on Cuba are just two pieces of the puzzle that multinationals must try to solve. More…



April 8, 2006 - Kim Nobles will be the luncheon keynote speaker on the topic of Patents & Intellectual Property for Science Technology Companies during the 2006 Annual Convention of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology, Los Angeles Chapter, in Alhambra, CA.

March 29-30, 2006
Brian Peck presented Licensing law and Standard Licensing Agreements in China, as part of a day long seminar on Exporting to China hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service.
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Chemicals
New EU rules on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) will greatly affect the business reality for a large number of chemical companies as well as downstream users doing business in Europe and elsewhere. REACH might however affect EU companies and third country companies differently. More…

Market Access
The EU and the U.S. are each other’s main trading partners, accounting for the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. All is not well, however, in this important relationship. The EU has, as only good friends can do, pointed out many problems with U.S. behavior. Some of these issues are subject to protracted dispute settlements, but others are less well-known but nonetheless have significant impact on business. More…

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