General Regulatory Information
✓ OFAC Issues New Belarus-Related General License
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) extended the authorization that generally permits U.S. persons to engage in transactions with certain Belarusian parties identified on OFAC’s SDN List (including Belneftekhim) by issuing another six-month general license scheduled to expire on April 30, 2017.  With the exception of the general license’s expiration date, there are no substantive changes between it and the former general license that was scheduled to expire on October 31, 2016. 
✓ DDTC: CJs Soon No Longer Accepted Through EFS
Effective Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 5 pm. (EST), the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will no longer use the Electronic Form Submission (EFS) application to accept Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) applications.  Beginning Monday, November 21, 2016, users must submit CJ applications via the Defense Export Control and Compliance (DECCS) CJ application.  DDTC has posted a related webinar on the DECCS deployment, along with accompanying presentation slides.
✓ CBP Extends Comment Period on AD/CVD Rule
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), together with the Treasury Department, provided for an additional 60 days for interested parties to comment on the interim final rule that amended CBP’s regulations that set forth the procedures for investigating claims of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders (in accordance with the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.)
✓ DDTC Posts Updated Guidelines for Preparing Agreements
DDTC posted an updated version of the Guidelines for Preparing Agreements, Revision 4.4b, which will become effective November 15, 2016.  The updated guidelines are accessible here.
✓ OFAC SDN Updates
OFAC updated the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List with Kingpin Act Designations, Counter Terrorism Designations, and Counter Terrorism Designations Removals.
ACE and Automated Systems
✓ Census Provides Guidance on Annotating Export Shipments
The U.S. Census Bureau recently provided additional guidance on annotating commercial documents for export shipments, including guidance on the use of exclusion legends.  (For more information please click here.)
✓ CBP Deactivates Certain Laredo Port Codes for Cargo
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it is deactivating the following codes associated with facilities that are no longer active: 2381 (Edinburg INTL USE FEE APT), 2394 (Del Rio Cargo Control), 2395 (Eagle Pass Cartage Control), and 2399 (Laredo Cartage Control).
✓ Census Bureau Deletes More Codes in AES
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the following Port of Export codes have been deleted in the Automated Export System (AES) effective immediately: 3981 (Waukegan Airport, IL), 3983 (Chicago Executive Airport, IL; formally Pal-Waukee Mncpl Airport), 3985 (Decatur Airport, IL), 4185 (Hulman Regional Airport, OH), and 4506 (Spirit of Saint Louis Airport, OH).
✓ DDTC Announces Outage Scheduled for Fri., Oct. 28
DDTC announced that all DDTC systems, including DTrade and EFS, will be unavailable to industry from 5:30 p.m. (EST) Friday, October 28 to 9:30 p.m. (EST) Friday, October 28 due to scheduled system maintenance.
✓ ACE AESDirect Scheduled Outage
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that an ACE AESDirect outage is scheduled from 10:00pm (EST) Saturday, October 29 to 4:00am (EST) Sunday, October 30.  Shipments submitted during this time must comply with the AES Downtime Policy.
Enforcement Actions
✓Two Men Sentenced for Illegal Exports to Syria
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Harold Rinko (Hallstead, PA) and Ahmad Feras Diri (London, UK) were sentenced for their role in a conspiracy to illegally export goods to Syria. According to the DOJ press release, Rinko was sentenced to a term of time served, 12 months of home confinement, a fine of $2,600, a term of supervised release for two years, and was ordered to forfeit $45,698 to the government. Diri was sentenced to a 37-month term of imprisonment, a $100 special assessment, and ordered to forfeit $45,698.
✓ Florida Man Denied Export Privileges for Five Years
In response to the export-related conviction of Junaid Peerani of Plantation, Florida, BIS denied the export privileges of the Florida resident for a period of five years.  Peerani was convicted of knowingly and willfully attempting to export (and causing to be exported) from the U.S. to Turkey two Inertial Navigation Unit LTN-72's, without the required U.S. government authorization.
Events & Opportunities (U.S. Government)
✓ Upcoming Brazil Banking Operations Technologies Reverse Trade Mission
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it is hosting the Brazil Banking Operations Technologies Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) to introduce representatives of the Brazilian financial sector to the latest U.S. technologies, services, and best practices in mobile and internet banking. The RTM is scheduled for Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2016 in San Jose, CA and San Francisco, CA.
✓ BIS Posts Dates for Upcoming Technical Advisory Meetings
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) posted upcoming meeting dates for the Materials Technical Advisory Committee and the Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee.  Both committees advise the Office of Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to their respective industries.  The Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee was also reestablished.
✓ State Posts Upcoming Meeting Date for Defense Trade Advisory Group
The U.S. Department of State announced that the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) is scheduled to meet in open session on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  DTAG consists of private sector defense trade representatives and advises the State Department on policies, regulations, and technical issues affecting defense trade.
✓ CBP Posts Upcoming Meeting for Commercial Customs Committee
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (EST).  Meeting participants may attend either in person (in Washington, D.C.) or via webinar after pre-registering.
✓ Upcoming India Smart Cities Reverse Trade Mission
The U.S. Trade and Development agency announced that it will host a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) to connect officials from the Government of India (State Government of Rajasthan and City of Ajmer) to U.S. pioneers in smart city technology, planning and development.  The RTM will take place from Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2016 and will include business roundtables in Washington, D.C., Austin, TX, and Denver, CO.
This is your Trade-Related News for the week of Oct. 17-28, 2016. The next issue is scheduled for release on Nov. 11, 2016.
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