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Based on nearly 35 years of experience and extensive sources, Washington Tariff & Trade Letter delivers a concise briefing on bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, particularly at the WTO, and trade disputes that directly affect international trade and investment.

In This Week's Issue


January 16, 2017

Export Control Agencies Still Try to See Bright Line in Night Vision
As promised, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published parallel notices of inquiry (NOI) Jan. 13 proposing even...

Biomet Settles Charges of Repeat FCPA Violations
Indiana medical device manufacturer Biomet Jan. 12 agreed to pay over $30 million to settle parallel charges of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Justice of...

USTR Files WTO Complaint Against Chinese Aluminum Subsidies
Just days before the end of the Obama administration, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman Jan. 12 initiated dispute proceedings against China at the World Trade...

Tillerson Faces Tough Questions on Russia, Cuba
Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson faced a tough Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Jan. 11 on his nomination to be secretary of State, and could see opposition from within the...

Chilean Mining Company Pays $30.5 Million to Settle FCPA Charges
Chilean chemical and mining company Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) agreed Jan .13 to pay more than $30 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Russia Sanctions Bill
In a not-so- subtle hint to the incoming administration, a bipartisan group of senators Jan. 10 introduced Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017 (S.94), a bill to impose sanctions...

Labor Finds Weaknesses in Colombia's Efforts to Support Unions
The Labor Department identified significant concerns regarding Colombian labor law enforcement and the prosecution of cases involving anti-union violence in a report released...

USTR Sees Little Progress in China's WTO Compliance
Though China’s current leadership, in power since 2013, has often spoken of economic reform, there is little evidence of meaningful progress in curbing practices that generate...

BIS, DDTC Launch Final Satellite Rules
Sometimes “soon” really means soon. BIS and DDTC published final rules on transfers from U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XV (satellites) that will go into effect Jan. 15...

"Miscalculation of Enormous Proportions" to Cut TPP, Froman Says
Withdrawing from the TPP doesn’t jibe with getting tough on China in USTR Michael Froman’s worldview. “There simply is no way to reconcile a get-tough-on-China policy with...

Voter Discontent Needs to Spur Domestic Policy Fixes, Not Risk Trade
Popular discontent in the U.S., UK and other countries can drive fixes for broken domestic policies, but should not be used to undermine benefits delivered by liberalized trade...

Briefs: Entity List, Sanctions, Sudan

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