International Trade and Customs

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Hove, John
Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C

International Trade and Customs

Written by Susan Kohn Ross

“Trump cracks down on Cuba” or variations on that phrase have peppered the general press since Friday, when the President announced his policy towards Cuba.  When you read what was actually written, you come away with a more tempered reaction. Yes, there will be changes, and the most critical one is yet to come, but we focus here on what was actually written.

First, the format is not an Executive Order but rather a June 16, 2017 “National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” accompanied by a Fact Sheet. The memo can be found here, and the Fact Sheet here. So, nothing changes right away.

Taken together, there are two points that could impact international traders... 

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A NEW GOVERNMENT was elected on 10 May 2017 in national elections for The Bahamas Parliament. This year marks the 288th year of continuous parliamentary democracy in The Bahamas based on the Westminster model. Independent since 1973, The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and Queen Elizabeth II remains its ceremonial Head of State. The country has a bicameral parliament with an elected lower house, currently comprised of 39 seats. The upper house, the Senate, is composed of appointed members.

Read more: Bahamas – A New Government & New National Budget

As support to further improve ease of doing business in Indonesia, the Indonesian Minister of Trade (“MOT”) issued 2 (two) more regulations to streamline procedures concerning business licenses for domestic companies and company registration certificates. The 2 regulations are MOT Regulation No. 07/M-DAG/PER/2/2017 concerning the Third Amendment of Minister of Trade Regulation No. 36/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 concerning the Issuance of Trade Business License (“MOT Regulation 7/2017”) and MOT Regulation No. 08/M-DAG/PER/2/2017 concerning the Second Amendment of Minister of Trade Regulation No. 37/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 concerning the Implementation of Company Registration (“MOT Regulation 8/2017”).

Read more: Ease of Doing Business in Indonesia: Trade Business License (SIUP) and Company Registration...


Trade marks, in the classical definition as stated in Industrial Property Law No. 6769 (“Law” entered into force on 10 January 2017, means the signs that distinguish the goods or services of one enterprise from the goods or services of another enterprise. Trade mark rights under the Law are examined in this study, including the latest amendments to the same.

Read more: Trade Mark Rights under Industrial Property Law in Turkey

Author: David Daws; Blake Morgan

United Kingdom

The UK government has announced a sweeping cabin ban on laptops and tablets on inbound flights from six countries, following a similar move by the US on Monday.

The British ban affects both domestic and foreign airlines, including British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, and others. 

Read more: New Travel Restrictions on Electronics for UK and US Flights