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On June 26, 2020, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued 32 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) to clarify the military end use/user (“MEU”) rules that were published on April 28, 2020 and took effect on June 29, 2020. These rules are intended to combat efforts by entities in China, Russia, and Venezuela to use certain US technologies obtained through civilian supply chains to develop weapons, military aircraft, and surveillance technology contrary to…

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…