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BIS/OFAC Extend License Exception Consumer Communications Devices to the Sudan…..

In a final rule published in the February 18th edition of the Federal Register, the Bureau of Industry and Security announced the extension (effective upon issuance of the rule) of license exception Consumer Communications Devices (CCD) to cover exports and re-exports to Sudan. Prior to this February 18th extension, license exception CCD only applied to exports and re-exports to Cuba. License exception CCD allows for the export and re-export of a wide range of off-the-shelf consumer electronics items such as cellular phones, desktop and laptop computers, radios, and digital cameras. Qualified electronics must be either EAR99 or only listed on the Commerce Control List (CCL) for anti-terrorism purposes. In the […]


What Countries Have the Strictest Protectionism?

By Michael Jones ( The mainstream economic ideal of free trade is a far cry away from the system that we see today in international business. Instead of working to reduce trade barriers between countries, certain states have worked to protect their own domestic industries from foreign competitors. Of course, countries have always had protectionist policies in place, and it seems likely that this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future – but identifying these policies, and which specific industries they protect can often be a challenge, one that may not be solved until a company’s investment in a particular country is well on its way. This […]