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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…

Indonesia has announced that it would ban exports of nickel from the country from 1 January 2020 next year. The ban, under Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Regulation No. 5 of 2017 as amended by No. 28 of 2017 on Increase of  Mineral Value Added through Processing and Refining Activities in Domestic (“Regulation 5”), brings forward an earlier planned measure that was only to be implemented in 2022.  This export ban will apply to all…