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We are excited to launch Nearshoring Quick Chats, a collection of short conversations to guide you through the opportunities and challenges of nearshoring in Mexico. Our lawyers will discuss the main implications and challenges in the legal sphere around this trend, brought around by the ongoing geopolitical events. Many of our clients look to expand or move supply chain operations to more economical jurisdictions (while staying close to critical markets). For companies that focus on the…

In October 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a final rule imposing a one-time reporting requirement that will require certain companies to assess their supply chain to determine if they have manufactured or imported per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) or imported any articles containing PFAS dating back to 2011. This PFAS Reporting Rule is just the latest regulatory development related to PFAS, which are a group of thousands of synthetic chemicals that have…

The EU economy is linked to millions of workers worldwide through global supply chains. This imposes both a responsibility and an opportunity for EU companies to positively impact workers’ rights and environmental standards. In early 2023, Germany took a step towards responsible supply chains with the new Act on Supply Chain Due Diligence (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz “), as covered in our earlier post. Tomorrow, (Friday, 9 February 2024) the EU Member States will vote in the COREPER…

On December 20, 2023, Public Safety Canada launched its online filing portal and issued guidance with respect to the novel annual supply chain transparency reporting requirement pursuant to the Fighting against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act (the Act), which comes into force on January 1, 2024 (Guidance). The Guidance provides information on the format and filing process for the annual report, the substance of the annual report and the interpretation of the Act. The first reports are due…

On 9 December 2023, the UK Government published further details regarding its Forest Risk Commodities (FRC) regime, introduced through the Environment Act 2021. The FRC regime aims to tackle deforestation by making it illegal for larger businesses operating in the UK to use key forest risk commodities produced on land illegally occupied or used, with in-scope businesses required to undertake due diligence and report on this exercise annually. Secondary legislation to implement these requirements in…

On July 17, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) urged Chinese companies to disclose certain business links they may have to Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. The companies may face compliance risk and supply chain disruptions if they operate in the Xinjiang region of China or do business with companies that operate in the area known for its Uyghur population, the SEC said in new guidance. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA”),…

In lieu of our annual conference in Bellevue, WA, we are excited to again provide a Virtual Global Trade Conference available to all our clients and friends worldwide! The conference will be comprised of 90 minutes sessions over the course of two days. Join us on July 12 and 13 for any or all of the sessions and learn from our panel of experts as they share their insights on cutting-edge trade trends, regulatory updates and challenges,…