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In the News: E-Commerce, Technology Transfer, Defense Exports

Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

CBP chief says e-commerce challenges regulators and shippers alike

“CBP is taking action to address the challenges of e-commerce that protects consumers while supporting legitimate business. The agency is reaching out to foreign and domestic stakeholders to share advance electronic data and create incentives for carriers to comply with U.S. laws and regulations. … CBP is also bringing federal agencies together to share critical information.”

[U.S. Customs and Border Protection]

EU launches WTO case against China’s technology transfer rules

“The case initiated today by the EU targets specific provisions under the Chinese regulation on import and export of technologies (known as ‘TIER’) and the regulation on Chinese-foreign equity joint ventures (known as ‘JV Regulation’) that discriminate against non-Chinese companies and treat them worse than domestic ones. These provisions violate WTO obligations to treat foreign companies on an equal footing with domestic ones, and to protect intellectual property like patents and undisclosed business information.”

[European Commission]

Industry groups hope now is the time to push major change to defense export process

“The push for a national security cooperation strategy started under [Aerospace Industries Association head Eric] Fanning’s predecessor, David Melcher. But AIA is hoping to get fresh energy behind that push during the current review period for the new arms control export rules proposed by the administration.”

[Defense News]

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