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Bart M. McMillan

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On July 1, 2020, the US Department of State, jointly with the US Department of Treasury, the US Department of Commerce, and the US Department of Homeland Security, issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) to caution US businesses about the risks of supply chain links to entities that allegedly engage in human rights abuses including the forced labor of Uyghurs, ethnic Kyrgyz, ethnic Kazakhs and other Muslim minority groups, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Xinjiang”)…

On June 5, 2020, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published: (1) a final rule adding nine Chinese entities to the Entity List (the “XUAR Designees”), and (2) a final rule adding twenty four entities located in China, Hong Kong, and the Cayman Islands to the Entity List (the “Military Designees”). Both sets of designations were announced by the Commerce Department on May 22, 2020 (see announcements here and here), but…

On April 23, 2020, the US State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) announced certain measures intended to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and key measures are summarized below: Compliance/Registration DDTC has extended the ITAR registrations expiring on February 29, March 31, April 30, May 31, and June 30, 2020 for two months from the original expiration date. Effective as of March 13, 2020, this measure implements a temporary suspension of the…

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the US State Department (“State”), and the US Commerce Department (“Commerce”) issued rules adjusting maximum civil monetary penalties (“CMPs”) under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (“FCA”). OFAC CMP Adjustments Under OFAC’s final rule published on April 9, 2020, the adjusted penalties apply to CMPs that are assessed after April 9, 2020, as long as the violation occurred after November…