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On April 21, the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) published a request for comments on supply chains for the production of agricultural commodities and food products under the America’s Supply Chains Executive Order (the “Supply Chain EO”) that President Biden signed on February 24, 2021. (See our blog post on the Supply Chain EO for more background.) Agricultural commodities and food products is one of the six industrial sectors the supply chains of which are subject to review pursuant…

On April 13, the US Department of Defense (“DOD”) published a request for comments on the strategic and critical materials supply chain under the America’s Supply Chains Executive Order (the “Supply Chain EO”) that President Biden signed on February 24, 2021. (See our blog post on the Supply Chain EO for more background.) Strategic and critical materials, which include rare earth elements and other minerals and metals used in laptops, cell phones, and other technologies,…

The Biden Administration has taken some initial steps towards identifying vulnerabilities in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chain, which was one of the four critical supply chains addressed in President Biden’s February 24, 2021 Executive Order on “America’s Supply Chains” (“the Supply Chain EO”). As detailed in our March 2, 2021 blog post, the Supply Chain EO requires relevant government agencies in these four critical areas to submit a report within 100 days…

Does your supply chain touch Myanmar in any way? If so, this webinar on doing business in Myanmar in the midst of new sanctions will be of interest. Recent political developments in Myanmar have led to new sanctions by the US, UK and EU. As a result concerns around doing business in Myanmar and the challenges of doing business in, or with, Myanmar have increased. To help address these concerns, we would like to invite…

On February 24, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains (the “Supply Chain EO”) ordering federal agencies to identify vulnerabilities in key US supply chains and develop policy recommendations to make those supply chains more resilient, diverse, and secure. In his remarks prior to signing the Supply Chain EO, President Biden presented the review as a strategic initiative that will complement shorter-term efforts to address recent shortfalls in semiconductor supplies, and…

Introduction The UK, US, and Canadian governments have recently announced a range of new measures in relation to human rights violations alleged to be taking place in Xinjiang, China. The new measures include enhanced due diligence requirements for companies with links to the region in order to identify and remove the use of forced labor from their supply chains. The move further underlines the importance of effective supply-chain risk management for companies with complex global…

On December 2, the US Government announced the latest in a long series of actions responding to allegations of forced labor of Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, China. Specifically, US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) dated November 30, 2020 against cotton products made by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (“XPCC”). The WRO was issued based on information that CBP believes reasonably indicates XPCC’s use of…

Please join the Baker McKenzie team on Thursday, December 3 for a workshop on Supply Chain Risk Management and What It Means Under a Biden Administration. The discussion, slated to start at 12:10pm ET, will be part of the Luxury Law Summit. Baker McKenzie experts will address risk management in the supply chain with a focus on: Supplier risk and relationship managementGrowing risk under a Democratic administrationExport controls and sanctions risks in the supply chain lifecycle,…

Check out Baker McKenzie’s latest report “Supply Chains Reimagined: Recovery and Renewal in Asia Pacific and Beyond” for fascinating and useful information about global supply chains in the pandemic and post-pandemic era.  The report features analysis of global export market share data from Silk Road Associates covering 350 product categories and 150 countries.  The report identifies takeaways for each industry sector and five key trends for global supply chains.  One of these trends is increasing…

Historically, corporate sanctions compliance programs have tended to focus primarily on ensuring that products and services are not sold or diverted to prohibited customers or sanctioned territories. There has often been less focus on the entirety of the supply chain, particularly the significant sanctions compliance risks that can arise upstream in the context of suppliers and vendors. Over the past few years, there has been a shift, with many companies now paying closer attention to…