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On August 19, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPRM”) discussing potential changes it is considering making to its equipment authorization and competitive bidding programs to restrict the use of telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services produced or provided by five Chinese companies. Those changes could further narrow the availability and use of such equipment in the United States, and restrict companies that accept financing from two…

In the recent flurry of US Government activity related to Xinjiang, one thing is clear: trade compliance risks continue to increase for companies with supply chains that involve Xinjiang. These latest actions add to the expanding list of companies that face import bans, export bans, and sometimes both, in addition to broader measures under consideration in Congress. This blog post summarizes the past month’s developments. Companies with Xinjiang anywhere in their supply chains should be…

Given recent global events, it goes without saying that supply chains have been tested in recent months. Designing a resilient supply chain is the key to not only weathering the current pandemic, but also to overcoming future unexpected disruptions. In the current pandemic-induced crisis, the disruptions may be geographic (e.g., factories/plants shut down in certain geographic locales, making sourcing difficult or impossible). But there may also be disruptions based on trade-related developments (e.g., increased tariffs,…