Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Meeting with Trade Minister Jean Lucien Bussa Tongba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Today, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves and Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis Grant Harris met with Trade Minister Jean Lucien Bussa Tongba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. The leaders discussed the DRC’s engagement with the United States on agro-processing, logistics, critical minerals, and mining reforms, …


Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Prime Minster Patrick Achi of Côte d’Ivoire

Yesterday at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Prime Minster Patrick Achi of Côte d’Ivoire. During the meeting, Secretary Raimondo expressed the United States’ support for Côte d’Ivoire’s National Development Plan (PND), which lays out Côte d’Ivoire’s strategy to promote increased trade and investment. The Secretary welcomed the potential for the …


Department of Commerce Sets Deadlines for Certifications in Solar Panels Anti-Circumvention Case Regarding Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

On December 8, 2022, the Department of Commerce published its anti-circumvention preliminary determination with respect to the four Southeast Asian countries named above.  The publication of the preliminary determination triggers the effective date of the certification process for importers to obtain exemptions from antidumping and/or countervailing duties for imports of solar panels.  Any entity which …


BIS Adds 24 New Entities and Removes One from Entity List and Extends Deadline for Comments to New Semiconductor Rules

Main Entrance Herbert Hoover Building Commerce Department 14th Street Washington DC. Building completed in 1932. Across from the White House, Commerce has multiple departments. BIS Adds 24 New Entities and Removes One from Entity List On December 8, 2022, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a notice in the Federal …


Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

Good morning! Thank you to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Council on Africa, along with the U.S. Department of Commerce team, for their work to organize today’s events. To the honorable heads of state, ministers from across the African continent, welcome. I am deeply honored to have you here at the 2022 …

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Bill of Lading vs. Packing List: What’s the Difference?

“What’s the difference between a packing list and a bill of lading?” We’re sometimes asked this question or variations of it. (Which of the two is more important? Can I use one instead of the other?) While most export processes use both forms, they aren’t interchangeable. In this article, we’ll examine the bill of lading …

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What Is Denied Party Screening?

Denied party lists (or restricted party lists) identify the organizations, companies or individuals that various U.S. agencies—and other foreign governments—have identified as parties that one shouldn’t do business with because they may be a terrorist organization, may be affiliated with terrorist organizations, have a history of corrupt business practices or may pose a threat to …