International Trade

Work Crew Installs Solar Power Panels In Santa Monica

If you work in the solar industry, want to buy solar panels or care about climate change, you may want to pay attention. Two floundering solar manufacturers, with no concerns but their corporate bottom line, are about to pull the rug from under one of America’s fastest-growing industries and tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.… Keep reading →

Renewable Energy Update – September 2017 #3

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

The U.S. solar industry was roiled by a unanimous ruling in an international trade case that industry leaders say could cause immense damage if it leads to steep new tariffs.

European Parliament Proposes Tough Measures On Conflict Minerals

Prime Minister David Cameron Tries To Take A Harder Line with Europe

On May 20, 2015, by a narrow margin the left wing of the European Parliament successfully pushed through amendments to a proposed conflict minerals law that would, if enacted, be much more onerous and involve hundreds of thousands more European businesses in the process of tracking conflict minerals than the regulation proposed by the European Commission and supported by the Parliament’s International Trade Committee and industry.

China Update – April 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama Visits China

The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is one of the world’s most dynamic regions. It contains the top four most populous countries, the three largest economies, many of the world’s fastest growing economies, and a rapidly growing middle class of over half-a-billion consumers. U.S. trade with the Asia-Pacific region was $2.9 trillion in 2013.

DOE Overhauls Export Controls for Nuclear Technology

Nuclear Power Plants Tighten Their Security

On February 23, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a long-awaited final rule overhauling its Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810) governing the export of certain nuclear technology and assistance.

US Clarifies Sanctions Provisions and US Senate Passes a Bill to Codify and Expand Sanctions

President Nicolas Sarkozy Meets With Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

As noted in previous updates, the United States and European Union continue to impose sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities as a result of the turmoil in Ukraine. On 11 December 2014, the US Senate passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (S. 2828) (hereinafter the “Act”), which would significantly expand the scope of US economic sanctions against Russia if it became law. In addition, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control recently released additional guidance regarding the scope of existing US sanctions involving Ukraine and Russia.

Amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia

President Nicolas Sarkozy Meets With Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea

As the U.S.’s international trade in energy grows, so too has interest in the process for securing a federally required approval known as a Presidential Permit.
The construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure that crosses the U.S.’s border with Mexico or Canada — think pipelines, transmission lines, and bridges — generally requires prior authorization by the federal government in the form of a Presidential Permit. How you obtain a Presidential Permit depends on the type of facilities in question, as permits may be issued by several federal agencies under different legal authorities.

U.S. and EU Extend Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief a Second Time

Foreign Ministers Gather In London For G8 Meeting

The temporary and limited changes to U.S. and European Union (“EU”) sanctions policy for Iran, as agreed under the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1 countries, have been extended until June 30, 2015. Most U.S. and EU sanctions on Iran remain in place and will continue to be enforced. Until June 30, 2015, non-U.S. individuals and companies (unless U.S. owned or controlled) will not face U.S. sanctions enforcement if they engage in specified transactions relating to: (a) the export of Iranian petrochemical products, (b) the provision of goods and services for Iran’s auto industry, (c) the sale of gold and precious metals to or from Iran, and (d) the provision of insurance and transport services associated with sales of Iranian oil to six specified countries. The U.S. government has continued the favorable licensing policy for the provision of goods and services to Iran’s civil aviation industry by U.S. persons, U.S. owned/controlled foreign entities and non-U.S. persons. The U.S. also is taking steps to facilitate certain humanitarian and medical trade with Iran, payment of UN dues and support for Iranians studying abroad.

Australia and China Free Trade Agreement

Military Museum Of Chinese People's Revolution Opens To Public Free

This week, following the successful hosting of the G20 summit, the Australian Federal Government signed a declaration of intention with China to bring into force a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The agreement comes after a decade of negotiations between the two countries and is expected to be worth up to AUD18 billion to the Australian economy over the next few years. The agreement will ensure 85% of all Australian exports will enter the Chinese market tariff-free, rising to 93% within four years and 95% once it is fully operational.

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