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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…

Following our first two short videos on key trends (see here) and the semiconductor supply chain (see here), Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the third in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the large-capacity batteries supply chain. This is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration’s supply chain policies. Large-capacity batteries are an important part of the energy transition. Demand for these batteries…

Following our first short video on some of the key trends and priorities the Biden Supply Chain Policy is driving for companies across sectors and industries, Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the second in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the semiconductor and advanced packaging supply chain. This is one of four critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration’s supply chain policies.In this video, Kerry Contini…

On January 24, 2022, the US Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) issued a request for information (“RFI”) to gather input on incentivizing domestic semiconductor investments and accelerate chip research to “ensure a robust domestic semiconductor industry.” Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on March 25, 2022. Specifically, with the assistance of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”), Commerce is requesting information to inform the design and implementation of the potential programs…

Baker McKenzie’s Import and Trade Remedies Blog has published a new post on the United Kingdom’s Plastic Packaging Tax (“PPT”) that will take effect on 1 April 2022.  This tax will be payable by manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled plastic content.  Downstream businesses that buy plastic packaging on which the tax should have already been paid may be found jointly and severally liable for any unpaid tax.  With that,…

Baker McKenzie’s Import and Trade Remedies Blog has published a new post on the EU’s draft regulation that seeks to introduce new due diligence requirements aimed at tackling deforestation and forest degradation. This new proposal aims to repeal and replace the existing EU Timber Regulation, which imposed due diligence requirements on certain timber products for several years. These developments reflect the increased scrutiny around deforestation and forest degradation. Companies should therefore be prepared to conduct…