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Singapore updated its strategic goods control regime on 3 August 2020 to ensure robust administration of controls and effective risk assessments, while ensuring the facilitation of legitimate trade. Key amendments include ensuring individual and bulk permit holders have access to English translations for strategic trade records kept in other languages. For bulk permit holders, expanded document categories under recordkeeping requirements and monthly reporting will apply. A new offence has also been created for failing to…

On May 11, 2020, the US Department of Commerce initiated an investigation into whether laminations for stacked cores for incorporation into transformers (8504.90.963), stacked and wound cores for incorporation into transformers (8504.90.9638; 8504.90.9642), electrical transformers (8504.21 – 8504.23, 8504.32 – 8504.34) and transformer regulators (9032.89.2000; 9032.89.4000) are being imported into the United States in quantities or under circumstances that threaten national security. The numbers in parenthesis are HTS Codes and “transformers” include both liquid and…

The Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department (TID) recently released a new circular concerning the control of strategic commodities. Hong Kong exporters of US-origin electronics, computers, and telecommunications equipment should be clear about whether US authorization is required for any export, and ensure that all relevant authorizations and licenses are obtained prior to any shipment. Exporters relying on “License Exception CIV” will no longer be able to do so after 29 June 2020. Key Takeaways:…

On May 4, 2020, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he was initiating an investigation into whether laminations for stacked cores for incorporation into transformers, stacked and wound cores for incorporation into transformers, electrical transformers and transformer regulators are being imported into the United States in quantities or under circumstances that threaten national security. The decision to launch an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, follows…