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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

VAT Tax Expert Warns of Potential Supply Chain Hurdles For UAE

A Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced in the UAE on January 1, 2018.  Although there do not appear to have been significant impacts on regional supply chains thus far, our colleague, Jeremy Cape, explains why there may be complications coming later this year from the introduction of VAT in the UAE. The article can by accessed here.… 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

Why Tech is the New Thai Seafood

Previously we posted on a growing litigation trend in response to the use of trafficked labor in the Thai seafood industry and how we can expect a similar response with recent reports on Congolese mining practices for cobalt, which is used in batteries.  In her article in the Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report entitled, “Is Tech … Continue Reading

Quoted in Corporate Counsel Article Discussing the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015!

A few posts ago, we posted an article on H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  As predicted, President Obama signed the Act into law last week, which gave us an opportunity to talk with Rebekah Mintzer of Corporate Counsel Magazine on an article about the Act that she was working on.… Continue Reading

New U.S. Law May Impact U.S. Companies’ Ability to Import from Suppliers Abroad (Or, Enactment of H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act)

Any day, President Obama is expected to sign into law H.B. 644, also called the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 – an act that may have far-reaching impacts on U.S. companies that use foreign suppliers.  The Act allows the government to confiscate or turn away items being imported that it reasonably suspects were … Continue Reading

Tech Is Next Target of NGOs for Supplier Labor Practices

Previously (see here , here , and here ), we have reported on a growing litigation trend relating to supply chains for food procured by major U.S. manufacturers and retailers abroad.  Namely, beginning in August 2015, plaintiffs’ class action lawyers began filing putative consumer class action lawsuits against major U.S. food manufacturers and retailers, alleging … Continue Reading

White House Releases “Fact Sheet” on the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

On January 5, 2016, President Obama kicked off the new year by issuing a “Fact Sheet” on interagency efforts to combat human trafficking that, among other things, describes the federal government’s efforts in the procurement and supply chain fields.   … Continue Reading

The Problem with Palm Oil (Or, The Next Wave of Supply Chain Class Actions?)

In previous posts (here, here, and here), we discussed a litigation trend that began in September of this year: putative class action lawsuits against U.S. retailers based on alleged unethical practices in their supply chains.  The first lawsuits asserted the presence of trafficked labor in the Thai and Indonesian shrimp and fishing industries, with complaints … Continue Reading

SPB Policy and Legal Developments in the EU Food and Beverage Sector

Today at Squire Patton Boggs’ Global Supply Chain Law Blog, we are featuring some recent work done by our Global Food and Beverage Practice, which actively monitors regulatory, policy, and case law developments in the food, beverage, and related sectors around the world.  Recently, the group has published an update on food and beverage law … Continue Reading

FDA Implements Three New Rules That Impact Food Supply Chains

On Friday, November 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized three new rules designed to increase food safety and prevent foodborne illnesses that will impact food supply chains. The first rule, called the Produce Safety Rule, establishes “science-based” minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing, and handling of fruits and vegetables grown for human … Continue Reading

Food Supply Chain Issues in China (Or, China’s New Food Safety Act) (Or, Running the Gauntlet in China)

Food trade between the U.S. and China is on the rise.  According to the most recent statistics, China is the third largest exporter of food and agricultural products to the U.S., behind only Canada and Mexico.  And, the U.S. is China’s biggest source of foreign food and agricultural products.  Under the current state of trade, … Continue Reading
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