Tag Archives: International

CBP Releases Known Importer Letters and Enforcement Guidance relating to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a statement on its website that it would be issuing letters to importers identified as having previously imported merchandise from locations or entities potentially subject to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA).  Well, CBP stuck to its word and just recently released two sample … Continue Reading

“Is Your Organization Complying With the US Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act?” 

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act goes into effect on June 21, 2022.  The Act creates a rebuttable presumption that “any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China” (or by an entity included on a list required … Continue Reading

The Effects of the Military Conflict in Ukraine on Supply Contracts

Our colleague, Dr. Christopher Eggers,  prepared an insight on how the effects of the military conflict in Ukraine are serious, far-reaching and, ultimately, unforeseeable at the present time. Supply relationships will not remain unaffected, and there are numerous questions regarding the consequences under contract law. Read our full insight.    … Continue Reading

Establishing Rules of the Road – DHS Soliciting Comments to Support UFLPA Implementation

On January 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began soliciting comments on a strategy to ensure goods alleged to have been made with forced labor are not imported into the United States from China, including the Xinjiang region.  The comment window reflects the first major requirement of a law passed by Congress addressing … Continue Reading

U.S. House and Senate Reach Agreement on Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

On December 14, 2021, lawmakers in the House and Senate announced that they had reached an agreement on compromise language for a bill known as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act or “UFLPA.”  Different versions of this measure passed the House and the Senate earlier this year, but lawmakers and Congressional staff have been working … Continue Reading

Upcoming CLE Hosted by Thompson Reuters:  Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Pandemic Supply Chains

Partner Sarah Rathke is pleased to present an upcoming year-end CLE in connection with Thompson Reuters entitled, “Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Pandemic Supply Chains” on December 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET.  This CLE will discuss areas causing stress to supply chains including changes in consumption patterns, the labor market, global diplomatic relationships, and … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Lexis PSL: New Environment Act demands more diligence in supply chains

This is a Cross-Post from Lexis PSL.  Please contact Anita Lloyd and Simon Garbett  with any questions. The Environment Act 2021 (EA 2021), first introduced to Parliament in 2019, received royal assent and became law on November 9, 2021.  EA 2021 places obligations on UK businesses to prevent deforestation.  As published on Lexis PSL on … Continue Reading

From Supply Chain Management Review: Talking Supply Chain Podcast: The Legal Blacksmith

This is from Supply Chain Management Review‘s  Talking Supply Chain Podcast.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. Partner Sarah Rathke, who co-authored The Legal Blacksmith with Rosemary Coates, discusses the legal implications of today’s supply chain crisis including the disputes supply chain partners face due to disruptions and labor and materials shortages with Bob … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Restructuring GlobalView Blog – Supply Chain Risk and Increasing Costs: How Are UK Businesses Building Resilience?

This is a Cross-Post from the Restructuring GlobalView Blog.  Please contact Simon Garbett with any questions.  Partner Simon Garbett discusses the impact on the supply chain following the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions in the UK.  To learn how UK businesses are addressing the supply chain issues, read the full article here.… Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Supply Chains in 2021

Partner Sarah Rathke is pleased to present “Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Supply Chains in 2021” on December 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. EDT. This webinar will discuss the causes of the current supply chain logjams, put them into historical context and will outline various paths forward. As the holidays approach, our sponsor and our … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Reuters: AI fixes for supply chain logjams carry legal risks

This is a Cross-Post by Reuters.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. Partner Sarah Rathke discussed with Reuters on how A.I. and digital twin technology can aid to help solve supply chain disruptions and the potential data privacy complications companies might encounter when  sharing detailed supply chain data.  You can view the video interview … Continue Reading

Interview with DC Velocity: China and U.S. face “reckoning” over trade disruptions in 2021

Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions. SPB supply chain lawyer Sarah Rathke was interviewed by Ben Ames of DC Velocity regarding the potential international trade disruptions with China in 2021.  Sarah discusses the potential challenges facing the Chinese international trade supply chain and the difficulties in predicting Chinese policies this year.  You can read the full … Continue Reading

DHS’s China “Strategic Action Plan” and Bringing Together China Supply Chains and China Policy

The year 2021 will likely be a year of geopolitical reckoning between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, which will inevitably have direct and indirect flow-down effects into US supply chains.  While the Biden Administration has not yet unveiled many specifics as to what its approach to China will be, on January 12, … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Capital Thinking blog: Transition 2020 | Biden Pledges to Expand Buy American Policies, Promote Domestic Supply Chains

This is a Cross-Post from the Capital Thinking blog.  Please contact Perrin Brown and Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions. President-Elect Biden has pledged to strengthen Buy American orders and to implement a “Made in America” tax credit and other federal incentives to “Build Back Better” economic plan the will impact international supply chains.  Read the … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from the Conflict Minerals Law: Countdown to EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (7 Months)

This is a Cross-post from the Conflict Minerals Law blog.   Please contact Dynda A. Thomas with any questions.  In less than 7 months, the EU conflict minerals regulation will take full effect, and importers into the European Union of certain threshold amounts of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) and of metals containing 3TG will … Continue Reading

Global Supply Chains In The Wake Of COVID-19 In Socially Critical Industries – Is It Time To Reshore?

As countries, economies, and businesses adjust to life in the COVID-19 era, many governments have started to ask questions about the wisdom and longer term implications of allowing key components of socially or economically critical products like pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and defense products to be sourced beyond domestic borders. One key area of concern – … Continue Reading

Accessing Financial Support – Guides for Belgian, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, Slovakian, and Spanish businesses

Our colleagues at the Restructuring GlobalView Blog have prepared guides to assist businesses in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain to understand what financial support packages are available in those countries.  These guides provide a country-specific overview of the package, eligibility, how to apply, and when it will be available.  Click … Continue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Legal Issues in Germany

As world leaders respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world have been forced to adapt.  Our colleagues in Germany, Dr. Jens Rinze, Martin H. Falke, Dr. Christian Bleschke, Tanja Weber, Dr. Andreas Fillmann, Markus Schmucker, Jörg Staudenmayer, and Siemer Krümpelmann, have prepared a comprehensive overview of the key legal issues for businesses with … Continue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Trade, Supply Chains and Defense

As world leaders and healthcare professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world have been forced to adapt to new restrictions, unpredictable supply chains and a limited workforce. For medical and pharmaceutical products, demand is high and the efficient movement of inputs is critical. For many other industries, dwindling consumer demand is already … Continue Reading

How Do I Know If What I Do Is An Essential Service?

Companies are asking whether, in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdowns, their business counts as an “essential service”.  Our colleague Matthew Kirk has prepared a client advisory that addresses this issue from a European perspective, gives a little background to what we see of governments’ approaches to this question so far, and suggests … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and US Litigation Involving Multinational Corporations

The globalization of business, combined with the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly referred to as the “coronavirus,” renders multinational corporations highly susceptible to litigation in US courts. US companies that have been damaged by COVID-19 issues will likely seek redress through litigation, and foreign businesses operating in the US must be … Continue Reading
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