Nine months after the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) went into effect, the Biden Administration shows no signs of easing up on its tenacious enforcement of the Act’s import ban. At the same time, the Administration’s approach is still developing and it will take more data collection, multi-stakeholder information sharing, as well as insights from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) own shipment reviews before industry sees a more predictable and stable enforcement regime.… More
CBP Releases Guidance for Compliance Requirements Under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
- Starting on June 21, 2022, all goods produced in whole or in part in the Xinjiang region or by entities on the UFLPA Entity List will be presumed to be made with forced labor and will be prohibited from entry into the U.S.
- Importers must provide “clear and convincing” evidence to CBP to rebut the presumption of forced labor.
- Guidance recently released by the Biden administration describes the documentation and supply chain due diligence required to release a detained shipment.…
Russia and Belarus Sanctions Update – March 17, 2022
- U.S., UK, and EU impose additional sanctions in response to Russia’s continued escalation of conflict in Ukraine
- U.S. imposes sanctions on human rights violators and senior Russian defense officials
- UK sanctions over 370 Russian individuals, including 51 oligarchs and their family members
- EU imposes investment and trade restrictions and sanctions Russian oligarchs, propagandists, state-owned entities, and defense sector entities
On March 15,… More
Russia and Belarus Sanctions Update – March 15, 2022
- New Executive Order prohibits certain imports and exports, and authorizes the Department of the Treasury to impose significant restrictions on U.S. investment in Russia
- Additional wave of sanctions targeting Russian “elites” close to President Vladimir Putin
- OFAC guidance clarifies that Russia-related sanctions prohibitions apply to cryptocurrency transactions
On March 11, 2022, President Biden signed a new Russia-related Executive Order,… More
Russia and Belarus Sanctions Update – March 11, 2022
- The Biden administration announces ban on import of Russian energy commodities and prohibition on new investment in the Russian energy sector
- New General License provides wind-down period until April 22, 2022 for certain energy imports from Russia pursuant to agreements entered into before March 8, 2022
- EU and UK expand their sanctions programs against Russia and Belarus, including additional sanctions on oligarchs
- FinCEN issued an alert to all financial institutions to be vigilant against efforts to evade the expansive sanctions and other restrictions imposed in connection with the invasion of Ukraine
New U.S Legislation Would Require Forced Labor Audits
On February 3, Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Slave-Free Business Certification Act of 2022. The legislation aims to provide U.S. policymakers with greater assurances that companies are taking concrete steps to eradicate forced labor where their supply chains directly involve workers’ inputs, but would also significantly increase their due diligence burdens. Pursuant to the legislation, covered business enterprises would be required to conduct independent audits of their “direct” supply chains to determine if they involve forced labor.… More
Russia and Belarus Sanctions Update – March 7, 2022: U.S. Sanctions, Export Restrictions Escalate as Conflict in Ukraine Continues
- U.S. imposes additional sanctions on Russian elites, along with their family members, companies, and personal vehicles
- Actions targeting the defense sector and Russian government-affiliated media outlets signal the expansion of U.S. sanctions to new industries
- SWIFT access to be denied to seven Russian banks on March 12, 2022
- New export controls target Belarus and further restrict export of items that use encryption to Russia and Belarus
Russia Sanctions Update – February 28, 2022: U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Central Bank of Russia, Ministry of Finance, and Sovereign Wealth Funds; Switzerland and Monaco Impose Unprecedented Sanctions
- New Directive 4 prohibits transactions with Russian Central Bank, National Wealth Fund, and Ministry of Finance
- Full blocking sanctions on Russian Direct Investment Fund and affiliates
- Multi-lateral response to Russia’s invasion continues with unprecedented imposition of sanctions by Switzerland and Monaco
On February 28, 2022, the U.S. government announced new sanctions on the Central Bank of Russia,… More
Review of Sanctions and Export Controls Imposed in Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
- The initial wave of sanctions targeted Russian banks and the financial industry plus individual “inner circle” elites, with more sanctions likely to follow in the coming weeks as events unfold.
- Broad restrictions on debt and equity transactions with certain entities in the Russian financial, energy, and infrastructure sectors.
- Expanded export controls, including foreign-direct product rule restrictions, new license requirements, and Entity List designations impact a wide range of exports to Russia.…
Possible International Trade Consequences of Further Escalation of Conflict in Ukraine
- The U.S., EU, and UK are coordinating a significant sanctions and export controls package to be implemented if Russia takes further action in Ukraine.
- Restrictions are likely to target key Russian industries including finance, energy, and defense and would be far more severe and far-reaching than past sanctions.
- New export controls could include restrictions on foreign-produced items made using U.S.-origin technology or software,…