Tag Archives: Supply chain

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: Trump Officials to Probe Produce Imports, Raising the Risk for More Tariffs in 2020

This is a Cross-post from The Trade Practitioner blog.  On September 1, the Office of the US Trade Representative, working with the Departments of Commerce (DOC) and of Agriculture (USDA), announced a number of actions aimed at supporting domestic producers of seasonal/perishable produce.  Their plans – which include new trade actions targeting certain fruit and … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from Capital Thinking: Kamala Harris – Where Biden’s Vice President Pick Stands on Key Trade and Foreign Policy Issues

This is a Cross-post from the Capital Thinking blog .  Please contact Stacy Swanson with any questions. On Tuesday, August 11, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that he has selected Senator Kamala Devi Harris (D-California) as his vice presidential running mate.  Since joining the U.S. Congress in 2017, Harris has in some instances … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: It’s August in an Election Year – No Rest for the Trump Administration on Trade Actions

This is a Cross-post from The Trade Practitioner blog.  Please contact Frank Samolis and Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions. Despite the Congressional recess and continued focus on COVID-19 economic relief, Trump officials announced several major trade actions over the last week that could impact global trade and supply chains.  Here is a quick round-up of recent developments and … Continue Reading

Government COVID-19 Trade Credit Protections – Backstops Are Not Just For Brexit!

The announcement from HM Treasury on May 13 2020 to support trade credit insurance has to be very welcome news for many UK businesses and their supply chains.  It is a very significant announcement because trade credit insurance plays a vital role in supply chains, oiling, as it does, the wheels of domestic and global … Continue Reading

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

Countries around the world continue to enact policies aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 that both recognize the importance of trade to their respective economies, but also seek to address domestic demand for key goods – especially medical supplies – related to the crisis.  Similarly, some recent government policies around the world have shifted … 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

Impacts to Automotive Supply Chains from COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 could be the most significant event to impact the US economy in generations with the potential for ripple effects in the automotive market and supply chain for years to come. Accordingly, OEMs and suppliers from all tiers may need to rethink the supply chain model, from sourcing of raw materials to … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: COVID-19 Alters Global Shipping – US Senate Offers Some Economic Relief

This is a Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner Blog.  Please contact Frank Samolis, Rory Murphy, Stacy Swanson and Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions. For additional COVID-19 related legal advice, resources by regions and sectors, and practical support, please visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 resource hub. The coronavirus’ impacts on global shipping are growing every day.  While borders around … Continue Reading

Free For All, or All For One? The Medical Supply Chain and COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy needs not restating. The saying “desperate times call for desperate measures” fits the current environment well. Governments throughout the world have instituted or are considering unprecedented measures to keep up with the demand for the medical products necessary to combat COVID-19.  Several such developments come … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: Coronavirus and Trade – US Perspective; What Comes Next?

This is a Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner Blog.  Please contact our colleagues in the Washington DC office, Frank Samolis, Ludmilla Kasulke, Stacy Swanson and Rory Murphy, with any questions.  The coronavirus outbreak has caused severe, but widely varying disruptions across the US economy, including increased consumer demand of particular goods, reduced production due to … Continue Reading

Federal Focus on Forced Labor in Xinjiang: Supply Chain Risks

There have been longstanding tensions in the Xinjiang province of China between the Chinese government and the Uyghurs, a predominately Muslim ethnic group.  The UN estimates that there are more than 1 million Uyghurs in detention camps, and there are reports of pervasive surveillance, wide-spread forced-labor, and “re-education” programs.  These human rights abuses present significant … Continue Reading

Offshore Wind: Getting Your Supply Chain Right

In recent years, offshore wind costs have tumbled, leading to significant potential growth in the industry.  However, US offshore wind developers setting up their supply chains need to be prepared to navigate a complicated regulatory scheme involving overlapping federal and state laws, and adequately protect themselves with contracts that reflect the unpredictability of building wind … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Comply Chain App Provides Important Tools for Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains

As shown in the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Bureau of International Labor Affairs’ International Child Labor & Forced Labor Reports, the use of child labor, forced labor, and child forced labor remains a tragically persistent concern worldwide.  To help companies understand these risks and work to eliminate child labor and forced labor, the DOL … Continue Reading

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability 2019: Product Liability in Asia

Developments in product liability regimes around the world should be of interest to any company with a global supply chain.  In particular, as companies continue to source ever more materials from Asia, it is important to be aware of the product liability legal landscape in those countries.  Our colleagues, David Goh and Bindu Janardhanan, have … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bill Proposes Development of U.S. Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Policy

A bipartisan bill, introduced in the Senate on May 2, seeks to reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign minerals and develop a national electric vehicle supply chain policy. The American Minerals Security Act (S. 1317), which embraces part of a 2017 executive order by President Trump, would “facilitate the availability, development, and environmentally responsible … Continue Reading

Cross-post from the Trade Practitioner Blog: President Trump: “When It Comes to Leverage, Tariffs Are King” – What You Need to Know

Since taking office in January 2017, President Trump has made use of several provisions of US law – including Section 301, targeting unfair trade practices, and Section 232, targeting threats to national security – to bring trading partners to the negotiating table. Major developments over the last two weeks could impact global supply chains across a wide range … Continue Reading

Cross-post from the Trade Practitioner Blog: The Real Significance of OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance Guidance

On May 2, 2019, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released guidance on effective sanctions compliance programs.  This guidance is useful for any company with an international supply chain, as both U.S. and foreign companies may be subject to, and at risk for violating, U.S. sanctions law.  As a recent example, e.l.f. Cosmetics … Continue Reading

FDA Guidance on Voluntary Recalls and Smarter Food Safety

Voluntary recalls are a key tool that the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), and FDA-regulated companies, use to protect public health.  Voluntary recalls are also a corporate nightmare, and can be extremely taxing on supply chain relationships.  For industries and products where recalls are common – such as food and drugs – supply chain partners … Continue Reading

President Trump Signs Memo Focused on Combating Counterfeit Goods, Impacting Supply Chains

On April 3, President Trump signed a memorandum calling for the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a report with recommendations to prevent the trafficking and sale of counterfeit goods in the American marketplace. The Department of Homeland Security is to work with the Commerce Department, the attorney general, and other federal agencies to prepare … Continue Reading

When Politics Affects Supply Chains

According to recent WSJ reporting , immigration issues at the Mexico-US border are disrupting commercial trade, as US Customs and Border Patrol agents who typically handle trade traffic have been redirected to migrant issues. This redistribution of resources has reportedly caused a pile up of truck traffic and delay of inspections for agricultural and automotive components. … Continue Reading

Bill Creating Council to Address Threats to Supply Chain Security Passed in the Senate

On December 18, 2018, the Senate unanimously passed a bill which would create a council responsible for addressing federal supply chain security. Because the bill was not presented for a vote in the House of Representatives, it will begin the legislative process again in the current Congress. The Senate bill provided for the establishment of the Federal … 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

Cross-Post from the frESH Blog – Latest News and Perspectives on California Prop 65

Under California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), any business with 10 or more employees that manufactures, sells, or distributes any consumer product containing a listed substance in California – directly or indirectly – must label the product with a clear and reasonable warning.  As such, understanding and complying with Prop 65, including the new regulations that became effective on August 30, … Continue Reading
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