New Export Controls Proposed

The Bureau of Industry and Security is proposing to add new export controls on software for the operation of nucleic acid assemblers and synthesizers controlled under ECCN 2B352 that is capable of designing and building functional genetic elements from digital sequence data. BIS has determined that this software is capable of being used to generate pathogens and toxins without the need to acquire controlled genetic elements and organisms and that the absence of export controls on this software could therefore be exploited for biological weapons purposes. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Dec. 21.

Quarterly Update on Foreign Cheese Subsidies

The International Trade Administration has issued its quarterly update to the list of foreign government subsidies on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty. This list, which covers articles of cheese imported during the period April 1 through June 30, 2020, lists the subsidy program(s) and the gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is currently available. This list includes subsidy programs implemented by the European Union, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland but indicates that during the period at issue the only program actually in effect was export assistance on certain types of cheese by Canada.

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