On 24 June 2024, the EU agreed the long-awaited 14th package of sanctions against Russia. These latest measures introduce several new thematic restrictions and imposed asset freeze measures on an additional 116 individuals and entities including Sovcomflot and the Volga Dnepr Group.
Continue Reading EU 14th Sanctions Package against Russia

On 14 September 2022, as part of a suite of regulatory changes targeting cross-border supply chains, the European Commission presented its proposal for a Forced Labour Regulation.

In November 2023, the European Parliament adopted its position on the Commission’s proposal, followed by the Council of the EU adopting its General Approach in January 2024. After

Effective May 17, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adding 26 China-based cotton traders and warehouse facilities to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List based on the U.S. government’s reasonable cause to believe the entities source or sell cotton from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang). These companies will now be

On 14 December 2023, the two EU co-legislators, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, provisionally reached an agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D). In essence, the Directive sets out an obligation for companies to comply with human rights and environmental due diligence and provides for an enforcement mechanism with

On 2 August 2023 evening, the EU Commission released new FAQs (here and here; word search “2 August 2023”). Of greatest interest are the two new FAQs in the “Oil Import” section, relating to STS activity relating to Russian oil and petroleum products, in EU territorial waters. We set out extracts of these two below.
Continue Reading EU FAQs – STS in EU Territorial Waters

On 24 July 2023, the EU Commission published updated FAQs (here and here) relating to the port ban restrictions under Articles 3eb and 3ec of the EU’s 11th Sanctions Package (implemented on 23 June 2023). We published a brief summary on the 11th Sanctions Package which can be reviewed here.

The text of the new European Battery Regulation (referred to as the Regulation) has now received formal approval from both the European Parliament (14 June) and the Council of the EU (10 July). Aiming to ensure the safety, sustainability, and competitiveness of batteries, the Regulation will target the entire life cycle of batteries, from their

Although 2021 has predominantly been referred to as the “year of Russia” in terms of sanctions, the collapse of nuclear talks (JCPOA) as well as the social repression in the country have also shifted the focus to Iran, to some degree.

While designating members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Forces (IRGF) as Specially Designated Nationals

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) statistics confirm that the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’s (UFLPA) reach extends beyond imports from China. Though importers must remain focused on mitigating UFLPA compliance risks for Chinese-origin goods, CBP’s enforcement statistics offer a broader perspective on the scope of UFLPA-related detentions and seizures.

We highlight key takeaways and