Labor Shortages at Port of Colombo Terminals

Labor Shortages at Port of Colombo Terminals

On Friday, Oct. 30, the government of Sri Lanka announced more severe lockdowns in the capital city of Colombo after a large increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The restrictions barred travel for any non-essential purposes, which has led to labor shortages. Colombo serves as an important port of call, not just for exports…

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China Approves Export Control Law

China Approves Export Control Law

China has approved a new structure for regulating certain exports which include sensitive products, services, and data. The Republic of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee has approved this Export Control Law (ECL) to protect China’s national security. The law will go into effect on December 1, 2020. The ECL will be implemented by state…

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Census Clarification on BIS EEI Filing Requirements

Census Clarification on BIS EEI Filing Requirements

After receiving several questions regarding the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) April rule on military exports, The Census Bureau has issued guidance on the mandatory filing requirements that were defined in the rule. The rule increased due diligence requirements for certain exports to Russia, Venezuela, and China, and requires certain Electronic Export Information (EEI)…

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BIS Emerging Tech Export Controls

BIS Emerging Tech Export Controls

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced new export controls on six emerging technologies. These controls were agreed to by Wassenaar Arrangement members during its 2019 plenary. The final rule also makes changes to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The Restrictions: The final rule, effective Oct. 5, corrects one Export Control Classification Number…

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USTR Opens Vietnam Section 301 Investigation

USTR Opens Vietnam Section 301 Investigation

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is initiating an investigation that addresses two important issues with respect to Vietnam. This investigation has been initiated at the direction of President Donald J. Trump. These investigations may result in tariffs, quotas, or other restrictions on imports from Vietnam. In a press release, USTR stated that…

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