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US and EU Release Preliminary Tariff Lists Amid WTO Aircraft Subsidies Disputes

As a tactic in the ongoing civilian aircraft subsidies dispute between the US and the EU at the World Trade Organization, the US government has proposed a preliminary list to tax about US$11 billion worth of products exported to the US from the EU.  The product list includes two sections, one focusing specifically on products … Continue Reading

Infrastructure Watch: The Impact of Proposals to Private Air-Traffic Control on Supply Chains

This time around, manufacturers have not yet meaningfully weighed in on the proposal.  There can be no doubt, however, that privatizing air-traffic control could fundamentally change the system in ways that will impact supply chains.  Obviously, in a “user pays” system, which is essentially what is being proposed, the direct costs of air transportation increase, … Continue Reading

FAA releases new rules regulating commercial drone use

On June 22, 2016, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) released new rules for small commercial drones.  Part 107 governs the use of small unmanned aircraft systems, “UAS” or “drones.” Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8) defines UAS as “an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.”  … Continue Reading

California Asserts Its Transparency In Supply Chains Act (Or, Letters To Retailers And Manufacturers) (Or, Seeing Through Supply Chains)

It’s springtime, which apparently means… that the California Department of Justice has begun what looks like enforcement measures with respect to California’s 2010 Transparency in Supply Chains Act.  If you are a manufacturer or a retailer who has received a letter inquiring about your compliance with this (relatively) new legislation, don’t be surprised.  It is apparently … Continue Reading
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