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May 30, 2006

EU SUGAR REFORM:
The EU implementation of the WTO sugar ruling falls short of expectations of all sides. The EU's sugar regime was last year declared illegal under WTO rules in a case brought by the large sugar producing countries, Brazil , Thailand and Australia . The EU was granted until 22 May 2006 to implement the ruling. More…


The Court of International Trade (CIT) confirms U.S. antidumping application of the revised reseller rule. U.S. importers of merchandise subject to antidumping duty orders are allowed by U.S. Customs and the Commerce Department to pay the antidumping duty deposit rate (at the time of entry of the goods) associated with the manufacturer, even where the merchandise was actually purchased by the importer from a third party. More…



Operating Through the Borderless Internet Still Requires Compliance with Domestic Laws: Online Advertising—Guidance on Disclosures. Although many of the traditional principles of advertising law apply to online advertising, new issues arise almost as quickly as online technology development. Companies should consider the following guidelines as they develop online advertisements, to ensure that they comply with applicable U.S. laws. More…



Oil Concerns Prompt Effort To Relax Cuban Embargo.
A recently introduced bill entitled the Western Hemisphere Energy Security Act of 2006, which proposes to open Cuba to oil exploration by U.S. companies, has been met with enthusiastic support as well as outraged dissent, highlighting current congressional debate over Cuba. More…


United States and Vietnam Reach Bilateral Agreement on WTO Accession Opening Up Vietnam 's Market to U.S. Goods and Services. The United States and Vietnam reached a bilateral market access agreement "in principle" on May 13 that will allow Vietnam to move forward on its WTO accession process while lowering Vietnamese tariffs on U.S. industrial goods and agricultural products and opening up Vietnam's services markets in such areas as financial services, telecommunications and retailing. More…



BIS and OFAC Penalties Increase. Enforcement officials have long complained that at the $10,000 or $11,000 per violation level, the penalties for export and sanctions violations were too low, and in fact were at times considered just a “cost of doing business.” More…



New computer control parameter.  The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies ("Wassenaar Arrangement") decided in December 2005 to implement a new computer performance formula and corresponding control levels for export control purposes. As one of the 40 countries participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement, the United States has amended its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to apply the revised formula for calculating computer performance. More…


Deemed Export Policy Review. A tried and true approach to intractable issues in Washington is to conduct a study, appoint a panel, or in some way avoid final action. This approach was rolled out again recently when BIS created the Deemed Export Advisory Committee, or DEAC. More…



Exporters Criticize Draft China Export Limits. U.S. industries have expressed several concerns over a draft proposal for a new export control rule which is aimed to curb U.S. exports to China that could help strengthen China’s military. More…



June 1, 2006
Globalization Accelerates: Trade and Business Strategies for the Pacific Rim, Irvine, CA
Crowell & Moring and C&M International in affiliation with the California Council for International Trade (CCIT) will be presenting a seminar designed to help companies and individuals understand how globalization affects companies doing business in California and the Pacific Rim. More…

June 20, 2006
Jeff Snyder will be speaking on customs regulation for the import and export of ITAR related items at the National Forum on ITAR Compliance in Washington, DC. More…

June 28-July 1, 2006
Kim Nobles will be chairing and moderating a panel on "China Issues" at the United States Federal Circuit Bar Association Annual conference. More…

U.S. SEX HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION LAW:
Toyota has been hit with a lawsuit seeking $190 million in damages arising out of a claim of sex harassment filed against the company and its former top U.S. executive. More…

EU EMPLOYEE'S RIGHTS:
Companies Engaging in Mergers and Acquisitions in Europe Must Pay Close Attention to Employees' Rights. As companies seek new markets and European integration continues, Council Directive 2001/23/EC of 12 March 2001 ("Directive") becomes increasingly important. The Directive aims to protect employees in the event of a change of employer resulting from the transfer of all or part of an undertaking or business situated within the EU. More…

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