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US Supply Chains Face Tariff Increase on Beef Exports to Japan, Unlike Member Countries of the CPTPP

US beef companies shipping to Japan likely will have to pay higher tariffs beginning in May due to the United States’ rejection of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). To protect its own beef industry, Japan increases tariffs on frozen beef imports if import volumes pass a certain threshold, which Japan is … Continue Reading

Brexit: Where Do We Stand at the End of February?

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but so far the UK has failed to ratify a Withdrawal Agreement.  Whether the UK will leave with or without a deal remains unclear, and the analysis changes on a near-daily basis.  Regardless of outcome, however, the nature of the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU will need to be … Continue Reading

Brexit: Where Do We Stand at the End of January?

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019.  At this time, however, the UK has failed to ratify a Withdrawal Agreement, risking a “no-deal” exit.  Whether the UK will leave with or without a deal remains unclear, and the analysis changes on a near-daily basis.  Regardless of outcome, however, the nature of the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU … Continue Reading

Free Trade Agreement Takes Effect Without U.S.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a free trade agreement, went into effect on December 30, 2018 for six countries: Australia; Canada; Japan; Mexico; New Zealand; and Singapore.  The CPTPP became effective for Vietnam on January 14, 2019, and four additional countries (Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru) plan to ratify and enact the Agreement.  Combined, … Continue Reading

Quoted in Bloomberg Law: Human Trafficking Case Could Lead to Expanded Supply Chain Liability

In Ratha v. Phatthana Seafood Co. Ltd., Cambodian plaintiffs sued various companies under the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), alleging that the companies benefitted from human trafficking in the shrimp and seafood industries in Thailand. A California district court found that the claims against certain defendants failed because those companies did not knowingly participate in or benefit from human trafficking; that decision is now on … Continue Reading

Taxation in a Global, Digital Economy: Recent Developments

In the most recent edition of the Tax Strategy & Benefits Newsletter, our colleagues address international efforts to find a consensus on the tax challenges arising from digitalization of the global economy. The G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project has so far failed to find an international consensus.  That delay and lack of progress has … Continue Reading

Cross-post from the frESH Blog – Food Labeling Issues and Trends: Lessons from Recent Allergen Recalls

Our colleague, Nicola Smith, recently published an article covering “Food Labeling Issues and Trends in Europe: Lessons for US and European Practitioners from Recent Allergen Recalls”, which is now available for download here.  Click below to read more about further examples of recalls due to safety or allergen information.  The continuing trend of recalls for allergens and … Continue Reading

Cross-post from the frESH Blog – Brexit: will there be a potential supply chain disruption for the chemicals sector?

Squire Patton Boggs attorney Anita Lloyd provided details to The UK in a Changing Europe about the potential effects of Brexit on chemical regulation.  Due to the way that REACH works on a whole supply-chain basis, when the UK leaves the EU, there could be significant disruption to cross-border supply chains and the many billions of pounds’ … Continue Reading

How Do You, Your Suppliers and Customers Fare as Trade Tensions Escalate?

It has been a tumultuous year for trade. Nearly all steel and aluminum imported into the US now face additional 25% and 10% tariffs, respectively, after the Trump Administration determined such imports threatened US national security. An additional 25% tariff will be added to a growing list of products from China, following a US investigation … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Another Purchasing Cartel on the European Commission’s Radar – Lessons for Compliance

The following is a guest post from Oliver H. Geiss, a partner in our Brussels and Frankfurt offices, and Tatiana Siakka, an associate in our London and Brussels offices. Oliver focuses his practice on competition law in the European Union and Germany, and Tatiana is a competition law specialist with wide-ranging experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters.  … Continue Reading

Cross-post from The Trade Practitioner Blog: President Trump Ends US Participation in the JCPOA

On May 8, President Trump announced that the US is withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) entered among the P5+1 countries (the US, China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK), the European Union and Iran in July 2015. In our publication, we provide an overview of upcoming changes to US sanctions policy … Continue Reading

China’s Bid to Become Market Economy Opposed

The Trump administration has formally opposed China’s bid to be recognized as a “market economy.”  Aligning itself with the European Union and other countries including Japan, the U.S. submitted a statement to the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) in mid-November and made its decision to oppose public on November 30, 2017. Under a market economy status, … Continue Reading

NAFTA Re-Negotiation: How Safe Are Your Contracts?

The North American Free Trade Agreement has brought massive changes to supply chains throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada over the past 23 years. Now, for the first time, the United States has an anti-NAFTA administration, which is moving forward on its campaign promise to re-negotiate the agreement. The details are far from final, but some of the … Continue Reading

Trump Administration to Renegotiate NAFTA – Effect on Supply Chains?

The Trump administration has indicated its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”).  Currently, a draft letter is being circulated by the U.S. Trade Representative to members of Congress for their review.  Stephen Vaughn, acting U.S. Trade Representative, wrote in the draft notification letter that “[t]he persistent U.S. deficit in goods trade … Continue Reading

Follow Up on Lithium Battery Supply Chain Issues: Working with NGOs on Sourcing Issues

In January 2016, we wrote about a report issued by NGOs Amnesty International and African Resources Watch, revealing that most of the world’s cobalt supply – an integral ingredient for lithium batteries – comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is mined using child labor.  At that time, the major retailers of products … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Combating Forced Labor Practices in Supply Chains

The following is a guest post from Laura Klick and Ludmilla Savelieff  providing highlights from the ABA Section on International Law’s recent event on the government’s initiatives to combat forced labor practices.  Both Laura and Ludmilla are based in our Washington D.C. office where they specialize in advising on complex regulatory, legislative and legal issues in both … Continue Reading

Cross-post from Employment Law Worldview Blog: Is your Modern Slavery Act Statement ready?

Our colleagues at the Employment Law Worldview Blog have posted a piece reminding businesses that the deadline for publishing their first “slavery and human trafficking statement” is fast approaching.  Commercial organizations that fall under the Modern Slavery Act must disclose what activities they have undertaken to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their business and their … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Tax Issues in the Supply Chain

The following is a guest post from Linda Pfatteicher, a Partner in our San Francisco office.  Linda concentrates her practice in international tax and operational structuring, cross-border mergers, acquisitions and post-acquisition integration, and international tax controversies. As a company sources materials and those materials then flow through the company’s internal supply chain, tax issues can … Continue Reading
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