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On December 11, 2023, the US Departments of Commerce, the Treasury, Justice, State, and Homeland Security issued a “Quint-Seal” Compliance Note titled Know Your Cargo: Reinforcing Best Practices to Ensure the Safe and Compliant Transport of Goods in Maritime and Other Forms of Transportation (“Note”). The Note is directed at the maritime and other transportation industries—including transportation companies, maintenance companies, insurance providers, financial institutions, and “other entities involved in funding and facilitating the transport of…

On December 7, 2023, Chairman Michael McCaul of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives released a 90-Day Review Report (the “Report”) of the US Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”), the agency tasked with administering the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R Parts 730–774, the “EAR”) under the US Commerce Department. Chairman McCaul previously highlighted his plans for greater oversight of BIS at an October 2022 Atlantic Council event during which he stated…

On December 7, 2023, the United States Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued three new rules as a broad effort to ease export control requirements under the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) for key allied and partner countries. These rules were enacted in order to reduce the licensing requirement to export, reexport, and transfer US goods, software, and technology to and between allies and partners of the United States. The new rules are…

On December 5, 2023 and December 6, 2023, respectively, the US and UK Governments announced new sanctions and export control measures targeting Russia focused on persons and entities in third countries supporting Russia’s military and defense industrial base and its war in Ukraine. US Sanctions and Export Control Updates The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced sanctions targeting a network led by Belgium-based individual, Hans De Geetere, as well…