Tag Archives: supply chain

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: April 4 -15, 2022

The United States (US) Congress moved to isolate further Russia and Belarus these past two week, as the US Government also increased bilateral pressure with the imposition of additional sanctions and restrictions.  The United Kingdom (UK) Government also moved in concert these past two weeks with the US and European Union (EU) in ratcheting up … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 28, 2022

The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) continued to ratchet up additional pressure on Russia this week, while the European Union (EU) and UK appear to have different opinions on how best to continue to coordinate the pressure campaign against Russia.  The UK and US aligned this week with high-level visits to India, part … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 21, 2022

While the President of the United States (US), Joe Biden, appears to be willing to increase rhetoric against the President of the Russian Federation (Russia), other Western allies are less willing to join in increasing tension with Russia on this front.  By Sunday, the US Secretary of State appeared to downplay President Biden’s Friday remarks … Continue Reading

Sustainability Outlook European Union – February 2022

Our European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month’s edition includes the following: European Commission presents controversial rules on the sustainability of nuclear and gas. NGOs challenge Taxonomy criteria for biomass, bio-based plastics and … Continue Reading

Establishing Rules of the Road – DHS Soliciting Comments to Support UFLPA Implementation

On January 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began soliciting comments on a strategy to ensure goods alleged to have been made with forced labor are not imported into the United States from China, including the Xinjiang region.  The comment window reflects the first major requirement of a law passed by Congress addressing … Continue Reading

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: U.S. House and Senate Reach Agreement

On December 14, 2021, lawmakers in the House and Senate announced that they had reached an agreement on compromise language for a bill known as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act or “UFLPA.”  Different versions of this measure passed the House and the Senate earlier this year, but lawmakers and Congressional staff have been working to reconcile … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 15, 2021

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* 9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House 11:20 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT participates in a Tribal Nations Summit coinciding with national Native American Heritage … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Propose New Import Ban Targeting Commodities Produced on Illegally Deforested Land

On Wednesday, October 6, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) released the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act, which seeks to reduce commodity-driven illegal deforestation around the world. The legislation creates a risk-based framework for improving transparency in companies’ global supply chains; provides … Continue Reading

Update: Biden Officials Request Comments on Challenges Facing Key Sectoral Supply Chains

Update:  Defense industrial base, comments due 10/13/2021 The Department of Defense is seeking comments (both generally and in response to specific questions) focused on four topics identified by the agency: select kinetic capabilities, energy storage/batteries, microelectronics, and castings and forgings.… Continue Reading

Transition 2020 | Biden Pledges to Expand Buy American Policies, Promote Domestic Supply Chains

Businesses of all sizes should consider how the Biden Administration’s “Build Back Better” economic plan would affect international supply chains. His strategy to revitalize the American economy rests on two pillars: strengthening Buy American provisions and reforming the tax code to incentivize domestic production.… Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – August 22, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a reception celebrating … Continue Reading

Biden’s Plan for Economic Recovery Post-COVID and Beyond

After months on hold responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 US elections are heating up, as Democrats seek to take control of the White House from President Donald Trump.  On Thursday, July 9, former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released a broad economic plan during a speech in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. … Continue Reading

Testing Time: The Culture of Confidence in Retail in the UK

Monday, June 15, 2020 marked the advent of the UK edging back to normality with most high street retailers opening their doors for the first time since March. Media outlets published pictures of high streets flooded with queues of eager shoppers seemingly indicating that some consumer confidence had returned to the retail sector. On that … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – May 15, 2020

On 4 May, the EU hosted a virtual international summit to secure approximately US$8.2 billion in pledged funding for research into vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.  While the US government did not participate in the summit (nor did Russia or India), it continues to prioritize securing a vaccine this year.  Meanwhile, the national trend in … Continue Reading

EPA Accepting Comment on Proposed Data Collection, Considering Update of Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant Compliance Rules

Regulatory Activity Pesticides and Waters of the United States The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comment on its proposed data collection concerning potential changes to its permits for discharges to waters of the U.S. from biological and chemical pesticides that leave a residue. Comments are due by September 15. Ozone EPA is considering updating … Continue Reading
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