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Commerce Department

(In Trade)
January 14, 2021

The new rules impact China’s Intelligence Bureau of the Joint Staff Department as well as intelligence agencies in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria and Venezuela.


(Daily News)
January 14, 2021

The Commerce Department on Thursday named China and five other countries “foreign adversaries” in its much-anticipated interim final rule on securing the information and communications technology and services supply chain.


(In Trade)
January 08, 2021

Former State Department official Peter Harrell, a trade lawyer, will join the National Security Council staff as senior director for international economics and competitiveness.


(In Trade)
January 07, 2021

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is expected to get the nod for Labor secretary.


(In Trade)
January 07, 2021

The goods deficit was the highest ever recorded.


(Daily News)
January 05, 2021

President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that will ban transactions made with eight Chinese applications, including WeChat Pay, Alipay and Tencent QQ, saying they pose a national security threat because they can be used to collect private user data in bulk. 


(Daily News)
December 31, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will have $70 million to spend in fiscal year 2021, more than last year but less than the Trump administration had requested, according to the omnibus appropriations bill signed by the president in late December.


(Daily News)
December 30, 2020

Several industry groups on Tuesday urged the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative not to impose tariffs on Vietnam in response to alleged currency undervaluation, arguing the rising U.S. trade deficit with Vietnam is the result of Section 301 tariffs on China and warning that new tariffs would harm U.S. interests and consumers.


(In Trade)
December 28, 2020

The system will “identify surges of specific aluminum products suggesting potential transshipment and circumvention relating to these products.”


(Daily News)
December 22, 2020

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security has created a “Military End User List” to inform U.S. exporters when they need to apply for licenses to sell to foreign companies in China, Russia and Venezuela, Commerce announced on Monday.


(In Trade)
December 21, 2020

The Florida senator wants to know how many export licenses have been granted for chips destined for Huawei and why.


(Daily News)
December 18, 2020

The Commerce Department on Friday announced it would add the Chinese state-owned Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation to its Entity List in an effort to prevent it from developing the technology needed to produce the most advanced semiconductors.


(Daily News)
December 11, 2020

A new mechanism to address trans-Atlantic data flows must be a top priority for the Biden administration, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said this week, joining other senators in exhorting administration officials and private-sector representatives to map a path forward following a European court's invalidation of Privacy Shield.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2020

The fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill agreed to by the House and Senate this week would establish programs designed to help the semiconductor industry and counter China by creating a multilateral fund to back a secure semiconductor supply chain with allies and provide more federal funding to match domestic investments.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2020

Following a request from the petitioner, the Commerce Department last week terminated an investigation into the national security implications of mobile crane imports.


(Daily News)
December 03, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s decision to ban cotton and cotton goods from a state-supported producer in China’s Xinjiang region did not go far enough to address concerns over forced labor in China, House Ways & Means Committee leaders said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
November 24, 2020

The Commerce Department on Tuesday issued preliminary countervailing duties on Chinese twist ties, claiming Chinese producers benefit from an undervalued renminbi. 


(Daily News)
November 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to roll back the spate of trade and technology restrictions imposed on China by the Trump administration given broad, bipartisan support for the approach, analysts said on Wednesday, adding that Biden is more likely to pursue a multilateral approach as well.


(In Trade)
November 11, 2020

The Commerce team lead is Geovette Washington, a former Commerce and OMB official who now works as senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer at the University of Pittsburgh.


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