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Biography for Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen, Deputy Managing Editor, is a reporter with Export Compliance Daily and its sister publications International Trade Today and Trade Law Daily, where he covers export controls, sanctions and international trade issues. He previously worked as a local government reporter in South Florida. Ian graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Florida in 2017 and lives in Washington, D.C. He joined the staff of Warren Communications News in 2019.

Recent Articles by Ian Cohen

Despite requests from industry, the Bureau of Industry and Security may push back on publishing a comprehensive list of advanced Chinese semiconductor fabrication facilities that are subject to the October chip controls, said Kevin Wolf, an Akin Gump lawyer and former BIS official. But the agency could meet industry halfway and publish a list similar to its military end-user list (see 2012220027), which could be a regularly updated, noncomprehensive set of facilities subject to the agency’s China chip controls.Read More >>

The Bureau of Industry and Security has drafted new guidance for its October rule that expanded certain China-related chip controls (see 2210070049) and hopes to release it soon, said Thea Kendler, the agency’s assistant secretary for export administration. Kendler, speaking during a virtual conference hosted by the Massachusetts Export Center last week, also touched on the rule’s expiring temporary general license and urged industry to submit feedback on the new restrictions before the deadline this week.Read More >>

The U.S. should impose sanctions against China for allowing its companies to continue to supply semiconductors and other dual-use technologies to Russia, said Sen. Bob Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Although the U.S. has penalized specific Chinese companies for supplying Russia -- including new sanctions this week -- Menendez said he wants to see a more “robust” set of measures.Read More >>

The Federal Maritime Commission will amend its proposed rule on unreasonable carrier conduct (see 2209130040), after industry, lawmakers and at least one federal agency said the rule was too broad, missed congressional intent and didn’t go far enough to address carriers that refuse to carry exports in favor of imports. The commission plans to issue a “supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking” to incorporate changes to the rule, FMC Chair Daniel Maffei said during a Jan. 25 commission meeting, adding that he hopes to publish the updates “as quickly as possible.”Read More >>

The U.S. should double down on its resources, oversight and enforcement to prevent Russia from acquiring semiconductors and other dual-use goods used to power its war against Ukraine, the Silverado Policy Accelerator said in a report this week. If the broad Western export controls against Russia aren’t followed up with strict enforcement, the think tank said, Moscow will continue to find ways to import chips, including from China.Read More >>