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On June 12, 2024, the US Departments of Treasury and Commerce issued new sanctions and export controls in response to Russia’s continued war in Ukraine. Below we outline key categories of these new and expanded trade measures designed to restrict the flow of support to the Russian military-industrial base. New Sanctions Restrictions The new sanctions issued by the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) are directed at Russia’s foundational financial infrastructure…

The Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued an interim final rule (“IFR”), effective on April 19, 2024, amending the Export Administrations Regulations (“EAR”) to ease most licensing restrictions on exports/reexports to and within Australia and the UK of items subject to the EAR. This is a key change in that export licensing requirements under the EAR for Australia and the UK are now largely similar to those for Canada. The driver for this was…

On March 29, 2024, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) released an interim final rule, effective April 4, 2024 (“April 2024 IFR”) to correct inadvertent errors made in prior semiconductor-related rules in the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and further clarify such rules. The April 2024 IFR clarifies the (1) “Implementation of Additional Export Controls: Certain Advanced Computing Items; Supercomputer and Semiconductor End Use; Updates and Corrections” (88 FR 73458, October…

On March 21, 2024, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) revising and expanding the end-user controls under Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). Specifically, the Final Rule expanded end-user controls applicable to certain persons identified on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”) maintained by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) under various sanctions…