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The European Chips Act: Commission releases Europe's strategy on semiconductors

The European Commission intensified its focus on semiconductors by proposing the EU Chips Act on February 8, 2022. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen calls it a...

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New law bans imports from Xinjiang unless importer proves goods were not made with forced labor

On December 23, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA”). Most notably, the UFLPA strengthens the enforcement of Section 307 of ...

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U.S. and EU have reached a settlement regarding Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products

The U.S. and the EU have announced a settlement regarding the U.S. Section 232 duties on European steel and aluminum products. As part of that settlement, the U.S. Department of...

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USTR opens process for possible reinstatement of product exclusions from China Section 301 tariffs

On October 5, 2021, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Notice and Request for Comments to consider the reinstatement of expired product exclusions from the ...

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The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism proposal and considerations for U.S. businesses

The EU CBAM proposal signals a transformation of the European carbon pricing regulations. U.S. businesses with significant European operations, or with operations in emissions-intensive,...

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The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism : inspiration for others or Pandora’s box?

Following the release of the European Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (“CBAM Proposal”) on 14 July 2021 as part of the “Fit for...

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Proposed rule seeks to significantly strengthen U.S. Government “Buy American” requirements

On 30 July 2021, the FAR Council published a proposed rule to significantly strengthen “Buy American” requirements applicable to goods sold to the U.S. Government. The proposed...

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Biden Administration Releases First 100-Day Review, Spurring Immediate Actions for US Supply Chains

Pursuant to Executive Order 14017, issued by President Biden on 24 February 2021, a federal government task force examined the vulnerabilities in America’s supply chains for...

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Biden Administration supports waiver of WTO IP rights for COVID-19: Next steps for innovators

On 5 May 2021, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced that the Biden Administration would support India and South Africa’s request for a World Trade Organization (WTO)...

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