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Baker McKenzie’s annual supply chain conference continued last week with a detailed breakdown of key digital transformation, data privacy and IP considerations in supply chain management. Our team, along with a guest speaker from ADM, also covered customs regulations and trade sanctions. This presentation covered upstream supply chain disruptions including supply chain restructuring, downstream supply chain shocks and the resulting increase in e-commerce challenges. Click here to view* the recording. *Note that only live Baker McKenzie…

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…

On March 11, 2020, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (“CECC”) announced new proposed legislation, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, to establish a rebuttable presumption that all labor occurring in Xinjiang, China, or by persons anywhere in China who are involved with the “re-education through labor” program targeting Chinese Turkic Muslims constitutes forced labor within the meaning of the U.S. forced labor import ban, 19 U.S.C. § 1307. The proposed act would also impose sanctions,…

The novel coronavirus outbreak continues to have a substantial impact across the globe. As of the writing of this post, more than 87,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been identified in 60 countries and territories around the world, claiming the lives of 2,977 people. Travel restrictions are becoming increasingly tighter at airports, with countries either imposing mandatory health screenings on travellers arriving from certain countries, or denying entry to passengers who have recently…

When companies and compliance departments think about US sanctions and export control risks, they often focus on sales to customers and exports/reexports from one country to another. In that context, the attention is typically on confirming that a customer and other parties involved in a sale and shipment are not restricted parties and that the transfer of a product is authorized under applicable export-control regulations. This is only half the story. Companies can have similar…