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Commerce Department to Add Two Dozen Chinese Companies with Ties to WMD and Military Activities to the Entity List

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The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced it will add 24 governmental and commercial organizations to the Entity List for engaging in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The entities, based in China, Hong Kong, and the Cayman Islands, represent a significant risk of supporting procurement of items for...

Department of Commerce Asks for Public Input on Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Exclusion Process

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comments on how to improve the exclusion process for tariffs and quotas imposed on steel and aluminum imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (“Section 232”). The notice of inquiry, which went on public display today at the Federal Register, states that BIS will accept comment submissions...

Commerce Department Releases New Regulations to Support U.S. Leadership in Commercial Satellite Remote Sensing Industry

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released new regulations to improve the licensing process for private U.S. satellite remote sensing operations, helping ensure continued U.S. leadership in a critical commercial space industry. The new final rules increase openness and transparency in the licensing process, will eliminate most restrictions on how licensed remote sensing systems may be...

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Successfully Holds Virtual Events to Commemorate AAPI Heritage Month

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Co-Chairs of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, were the keynote speakers at virtual events to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month 2020 hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)....

Secretary of Commerce Allocates $88 Million in Fishery Disaster Funding for Gulf Fishing Communities Affected by 2019 Spillway Opening

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of $88 million in fishery disaster funding to Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, where a catastrophic regional fishery disaster occurred due to extreme freshwater flooding in 2019 associated with the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. “The Department of Commerce stands with our U.S. fishing communities, especially...

Commerce Addresses Huawei’s Efforts to Undermine Entity List, Restricts Products Designed and Produced with U.S. Technologies

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced plans to protect U.S. national security by restricting Huawei’s ability to use U.S. technology and software to design and manufacture its semiconductors abroad. This announcement cuts off Huawei’s efforts to undermine U.S. export controls. BIS is amending its longstanding foreign-produced direct product rule and the Entity List to narrowly...

Department of Commerce Issues Expected Final 90-Day Extension of Temporary General License Authorizations

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today it is extending the terms of the existing Temporary General License (TGL) authorizations for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its non-U.S. affiliates (Huawei) on the Entity List for 90 days. The terms and duration of any future general licenses will be announced prior to the expiration of this 90-day time period. This announcement follows public...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Praises Plans by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to Build Semiconductor Facility in Arizona

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross praised today’s announcement by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) of plans to invest approximately $12 billion to construct a new 5-nanometer semiconductor production facility in Arizona. This manufacturing facility will be one of only two of its kind globally capable of producing the world’s most advanced semiconductors. TSMC’s planned...