EU to Build Framework for Sanctioning Malicious Cyber Actors

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The European Council (EC) has announced that it will create a policy framework for responding to malicious cyber activities aimed at European Union (EU) member states, according to a June 2017 statement titled “Cyber attacks: EU ready to respond with a range of measures, including sanctions.”[1] The new framework points to an expanding scope for EU sanctions, with possible impacts for businesses operating in Europe and abroad.

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Posted on 01/08/2017

Significant Changes to Chinese Export Control Laws

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The People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Commerce has released for public comment a draft Export Control Law that substantially overhauls China’s current trade controls system. As one of the top priorities for China’s 2017 legislative agenda, we anticipate the law will be promulgated by the end of 2017. 

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Posted on 13/07/2017

New End-User Statement Formats for Strategic Trade Scheme

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On 14 June 2017, Singapore Customs released a circular announcing the introduction of new end-user statement (EUS) formats for Strategic Trade Scheme (STS) bulk permits and individual permits, respectively. The new format is effective immediately for bulk permits, and from 1 July 2017 for individual permits.

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Posted on 10/07/2017

Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) Increases its Sanctions Violations Harpooning Efforts

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The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued a “Finding of Violation” to B Whale Corporation (“BWC”), a member of the TMT Group of Shipping Companies based in Taiwan. BWC violated 31 C.F.R sections 560.201 and 560.211 of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR”) (the “Regulation”), when its vessel received 2,086,486 barrels of condensate crude oil in a ship-to-ship transfer. The other company involved in the deal, the National Iranian Tanker Company, is listed on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (the “SDN List”).

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Posted on 14/03/2017

New York State adopts requirements for transaction monitoring and filtering programmes for financial institutions

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Starting January 1, 2017, financial institutions with operations in New York will be required to maintain a risk-based transaction monitoring and filtering programme to ensure that the local financial system is not used for purposes of money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions violations or other suspicious activities. The new requirements are outlined by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) in a final regulation (the Rule) set forth in Part 504 to Title 3 of the New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR).

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Posted on 21/12/2016

US publishes revised destination control statements for ITAR and EAR

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The US Departments of State and Commerce have recently revised their requirements for Destination Control Statements (“DCS”) that must accompany exports and re-exports of US-controlled items. This change reflects the increasing frequency of shipments being made containing items controlled under both the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), particularly as a result of the US’ ongoing Export Control Reform (“ECR”) initiative.

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Posted on 21/09/2016

Sanctions update: Get your boarding pass and proceed to gate J

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Ladies and gentlemen, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has turned on the General License J sign, so fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off! If you are engaged in commercial passenger and/or cargo airline activity, and you are considering or already operating in Iran, please note the following update to US regulations.

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Posted on 15/08/2016

US defines new “encryption carve-out” for transfers of export-controlled data

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For companies handling export-controlled technology, the increasing prevalence of cloud computing and cross-border IT networks raises significant challenges for effective compliance. In a move to accommodate these trends, the US Department of Commerce (“DoC”) has newly defined what they are calling an “encryption carve-out”, which states that the transmission of encrypted technology or software is no longer deemed to be an export/reexport/transfer activity under the EAR, provided certain criteria are satisfied.

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Posted on 27/07/2016

US to implement new definitions of “export”, “release” and other key terms

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On September 1, new definitions of terms used in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) will enter into effect. This two-part blog post highlights key upcoming changes.

In Part 1 of this two-part post, we focus on new controls on the “release” of technology and technical data. In Part 2 (available here), we look at new rules related to the use of end-to-end encryption for transferring EAR-controlled technology.  

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Posted on 27/07/2016

Managing export controls and sanctions post-Brexit

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In the wake of the results of the UK’s June 23 referendum on EU membership, businesses must assess the impacts of “Brexit” on their operations and prepare to manage the resulting risks. Without a concrete timeline and an understanding of the new regulatory framework, preparing for what may come is incredibly difficult and the country is currently in a state of flux. The well-known British wartime slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” has come into its own once again at this uncertain time.

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Posted on 28/06/2016