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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 May 29, 2020, the president announced in a White House press conference the Administration’s determination that Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous from the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), and that the US Government would take “strong and meaningful” steps to “begin the process” of reviewing and revoking the “full range of agreements” that currently provide Hong Kong with preferential treatment under US law. This determination follows Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s certification…

The EC announced on Tuesday that the export authorisation scheme for PPE ceased to apply as of Tuesday, 26 May 2020. The EC has decided not to extend the measure, initially introduced on 15 March to ensure adequacy of supply of such products in the EU in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure was initially extended for another month on 26 April, implementing additional reporting requirements and limiting the scope of the scheme to…

The Communiqué No. 2020/8 Amending the Communiqué No. 96/31 on Goods Prohibited from Export or That Require Pre-Approval and the Communiqué No. 2020/9 on Amending the Communiqué No. 2006/7 on Goods Subject to Registration for Export (“Communiqués“) were published in the Official Gazette no. 31115 dated May 2, 2020. The Communiqués remove various export control measures imposed as part of COVID-19 pre-cautions on export transactions. Developments The government introduced a number of measures to combat…