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Changes to Cuba embargo will give telecom and satellite providers more opportunities

USA - September 10 2009 On September 8, 2009, the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the Department Treasury and the Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") of the Department of Commerce issued final rules in the Federal Register amending the Cuba Sanctions program and the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") to increase the range of telecommunications services that can be provided between the United States and Cuba and exports and re-exports of items to implement those services, as well as authorizing related payments and travel.

Nancy Fischer

Unauthorized transshipment of U.S.-origin items through the United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates, USA - July 30 2009 Companies and individuals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) need to be aware of U.S. export control restrictions when engaging in transactions involving U.S.-origin commodities, software or technology ("items") that are being transshipped through the UAE.

Thomas M. deButts

More valves subject to export control: particular concern for oil/chemical industry

USA - July 15 2009 On July 6, 2009, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule implementing the 2008 Intersessional Decisions of the Australia Group, a multilateral forum consisting of 40 participating countries, which maintains export controls on a list of chemicals, biological agents, and related equipment and technology that could be used in a chemical or biological weapons program.

Thomas M. deButts

Continuing controversy over Buy American provisions of Recovery Act

USA - June 16 2009 Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5) (“Recovery Act”) provides that funds made available under the Act may not be used on projects for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a “public building or public work,” unless all of the “iron, steel or other manufactured goods” used in the project are produced in the United States, subject to certain exceptions.

Stephan E. Becker, C. Joël Van Over

Bill could amend Arms Export Control Act, remove special congressional designation of satellites on U.S. Munitions List

USA - May 19 2009 New legislation before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs includes a section that would return to the President the authority to determine the appropriate export control jurisdiction for satellites, which could prompt a move to the Commerce Control List of some or all commercial satellites and their related components.

Nancy Fischer