22 July 2014

Did You Know? Issue 188

22nd July 2014

1. Changes at S&H: 2. Ecuador joins the EU-Andean FTA: 3. EU & ACP Trade – EPA signed:  4. UCC 2nd Draft of DA/IA issued: 5. WCO publish recommended amendments to the HS for 2017: 6. EU and Vietnam make good progress on FTA talks7. Comesa gets $110 million from European Union: 8. Certain military technology transfers to USA CCL

1. Changes at S&H: As some of you will know in the last month our office manager Sandra Whydle retired and Bernard O’Connor unfortunately decided to retire due to ill health.  We are pleased to tell you that we now have two new people working on the helpdesk – they are Hilary Lawman (hilaryk@strongandherd.co.uk) and Steve Berry (steveb@strongandherd.co.uk).  Why not send them a message to say hello.  We are still looking to recruit an extra person so this means that along with Anthony, Hannah, Sandra and our great specialist associates we have a strong, new team in place as we prepare to celebrate 20 years in business in Feb 2015.
2. Ecuador joins the EU-Andean FTA: 17th July 2014 EU and Ecuador sealed a deal in Brussels that will allow Ecuador to join its Andean neighbours Peru and Colombia in their trade agreement with the EU. 'I'm delighted we've been able to conclude this ambitious and comprehensive agreement with Ecuador,' said EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. 'It will boost our bilateral trade and investment, and act as an important driver for development in Ecuador.  Read More
3. EU & ACP Trade – EPA signed:  President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has welcomed decision by the 16 ECOWAS heads of state to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. In a statement issued today in Brussel he said he was pleased with the decision, noting that it will pave way for the partnership to come to reality. "I am a firm believer in expanding our cooperation with Africa, a thriving continent full of opportunities. A partnership of equals with Africa has been one of my key priorities", José Manuel Barroso said. Read more...
4. UCC 2nd Draft of DA/IA issued: The EU has published the 2nd draft of the Delegated Acts and Implemented Acts of the new Union Customs Code.  There are 28 documents if you wish to receive a zipped copy of the complete documents email sandras@strongandherd.co.uk
5. WCO publish recommended amendments to the HS for 2017: The World Customs Organization (WCO) has published the list of recommended amendments to the Harmonised Coding System (HS) to come into effect on1st January 2017. Here is the link to the supporting article HS 2017.  And here is the link to the set of recommended amendments (adopted by the WCO Council 27th June 2014):
6. EU and Vietnam make good progress on FTA talks: On 27 June, the EU and Vietnam completed the eighth round of talks for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). During the week-long talks, negotiators made good headway on all areas under discussion. The teams made significant progress on the basic negotiations on trade and sustainable development; trade in goods; animal and plant health and hygiene; anti-fraud; and trade defence (such as anti-dumping measures). The next round of talks will be held before the end of September with smaller meetings being held during the summer. Once in place, the agreement will further enhance EU-Vietnam trade and investment ties and provide for more business opportunities on both sides.
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7. Comesa gets $110 million from European Union: The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) will receive $110 million from the EU for infrastructure projects towards faster integration of the bloc. The money is part of $1.8 billion fund that the EU has earmarked under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), running from 2014 to 2020, to support infrastructure projects in East and Southern Africa and in the Indian Ocean island states, Gilles Hervio, the head of the EU delegation to Zambia and Comesa, said recently. The World Bank estimates that Africa requires at least $93 billion every year to cover funding gaps for infrastructure.
8. Certain military technology transfers to CCL:  The U.S. departments of State and Commerce (‘BIS’) have published final rules that transfer to the Commerce Control List (‘CCL’) ‘military electronics, technology and software for certain wing folding systems, certain superconducting and cryogenic equipment, and related items from the Munitions List (‘USML’)’.  As part of the President's Export Control Reform (ECR) effort, the U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to revise U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XI (Military Electronics). The Department is also amending Category VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles) with respect to wing folding systems and both Categories VIII and XIX to remove three paragraphs superseded by the revision of Category XI. This rule is effective on 30th December 2014, except for to the revision to Sec. 121.1, Category VIII(h)(4), which is effective 15th August 2014.
The BIS rule amends ECCNs 7A006 and 7A106 to apply the ‘missile technology’ reason for control only to items in those ECCNs on the Missile Technology Control Regime (‘MTCR’) Annex.  This rule is effective December 30, 2014, except for the addition of software and technology for certain wing folding systems to ECCNs 0D521 and 0E521 via Supplement No. 5 to part 774 of the EAR (amendatory instruction number 24), which is effective 1st July, 2014.  Finally, this rule controls under ECCNs 0D521 and 0E521 software and technology for the “development” of certain wing folding systems for aircraft powered by gas turbine engines while the United States seeks to have such software and technology added to the Dual-Use List of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.’
State and Commerce rules can be accessed at:http://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/about-bis/newsroom
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