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On 14 September 2022, the EU Commission published its proposal for a Regulation introducing a ban on the placing and making available on the EU market or export from the EU market of products made using forced labour (see press release here). Following on from Commission President von der Leyen’s announcement of the proposed ban in her State of the Union Address last year, under the Proposed Regulation, products found to have been made using…

European Commission adopts proposal for Single Market Emergency Instrument In briefOn September 19, 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a proposal that would give the EU sweeping new powers to address shortages and supply chain disruptions of crisis-relevant and strategic goods and services in times of crisis. The proposed Single Market Emergency Instrument (“SMEI”) is the latest in a series of EU measures that will impact supply chains, including new proposals for rules on foreign…

Baker McKenzie’s Import and Trade Remedies Blog published “Update to UKCA marking transition,” covering the UK’s proposed measures to ease the transition to the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) regime that will replace the EU’s CE marking regime for the Great Britain market (England, Scotland and Wales) in respect of most types of CE marked products from the start of 2023. The additional flexibility that these measures provide will no doubt be welcomed by many…

On May 11, 2022, the Diet of Japan approved the “Act on the promotion of national security through integrated economic measures” 1 (“Act”). Key features of the Act include the establishment of (i) a system to ensure stable supplies of critical materials, (ii) a system to ensure stable provision of services using critical infrastructure, (iii) a system that supports the development of critical technologies and (iv) a secret patent system. The Act will enter into…

We are pleased to invite you to our Virtual Global Trade Conference on July 20 and 21. In lieu of our annual conference in Bellevue, WA, we are excited to again provide a virtual offering available to all our clients and friends worldwide! Please join our international trade compliance lawyers from around the world as they discuss and examine the major developments impacting international trade. This conference will be comprised of 75 minutes sessions over…

The UK’s Plastic Packaging Tax (“PPT“) that has taken effect on 1 April 2022 and applies to plastic packaging in the UK that contains less than 30% recycled plastic content at a rate of £200 per metric tonne. You can access our recent webinar on PPT here. The tax is aimed at encouraging the use of more sustainable plastic packaging, increasing the use of recycled plastic and helping to reduce plastic waste. The PPT has been promoted…

On February 24, 2022, various U.S. government agencies published their respective reports on supply chain policies for six key industrial bases pursuant to Executive Order 14017, “America’s Supply Chains” (the “Reports”). These Reports identify key weaknesses in some of the nation’s most crucial supply chains and offer multi-year strategies to help address those weaknesses. The White House issued this statement and capstone report following the publication of the Reports. Links to the Reports and corresponding…

On January 26, 2022, the US Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Homeland Security and the Office of the US Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a joint advisory (the “Advisory”) that highlights certain supply chain-related risks for companies whose business and supply chains may touch Burma/Myanmar. This is a continuation of a recent trend in which the US Government has issued advisories highlighting compliance and related risks in certain countries and regions, often emphasizing supply chain risks. For…

Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the fifth in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients supply chain, which is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration. The Biden Administration has been pursuing policies aimed at increasing resilience in this supply chain by addressing shortages and minimizing disruption through a range of measures, including efforts to on-shore and near-shore…

Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the fourth in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the critical minerals and strategic materials supply chain, which is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration. This supply chain includes lithium, cobalt and other rare earths and minerals that are the building blocks of products used every day. The Biden Administration has been pursuing policies aimed at…