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U.S. and Chinese Companies Need to Maintain Awareness of U.S. Export Control Laws Applicable to China

Posted on June 24, 2016

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Companies need to maintain a vigilant awareness of export control laws applicable to China.  The U.S. Department of Commerce has indicated that investigating China-related exports of goods and technology for unauthorized use is a top priority, second only to Iran-related investigations.  When considering business involving Chinese companies, a number of U.S. trade control laws and […]

General Overview of the Fiscal Deposit Regime for the Automotive Industry

Posted on June 24, 2016

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Recent statistics show that Mexico is the seventh largest manufacturer of light and heavy vehicles in the world. The main participating companies are foreign entities that in an effort to minimize labor costs and achieve a better manufacturing quality have chosen Mexico for these and other purposes.

Congress Reforms the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process

Posted on June 24, 2016

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Congress has recently enacted the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (Public Law No. 114-159), which establishes new, more predictable procedures for obtaining duty relief through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process.

Export Law Harmonization: Agencies Adopt Final Rules on Definitions

Posted on June 24, 2016

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In early June of 2016, U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released the long anticipated final rules revising definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The revisions are part of the continued effort […]

USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products

Posted on June 24, 2016

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On May 26, 2016, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) initiated an investigation under 19 U.S Code Section 1337 – Unfair practices in import trade, (“section 337”) directed at certain carbon and alloy steel products from China, Investigation No. 337-TA-1002. Under section 337, the USITC determines whether there is unfair competition in the importation […]

Anti-dumping Case Goes Regional

Posted on June 24, 2016

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On June 8, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an anti-dumping case against gypsum board originating in, or exported from, the United States of America into Canada for use in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon Territories or the Northwest Territories. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) will now conduct a Preliminary […]

Certificates of Origin for Exports – Who is Signing What?

Posted on June 24, 2016

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Most attention and articles about Certificates of Origin concentrate on completion and accuracy of free trade agreement (FTA) certificates of origin for imports into the U.S. for NAFTA, Korea Free Trade, etc.

Those Tricky Anti-Discrimination Laws – The Proper Approach to Foreign Nationals

Posted on June 24, 2016

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When hiring new employees, navigating anti-discrimination laws and export control laws can be tricky. The Department of Justice (DOJ) in March of this year provided additional guidance on how to “comply with the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b and verify “employees’ citizenship status under U.S. export control […]

Incentives and Benefits for IMMEX or Maquiladoras

Posted on April 20, 2016

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Introduction IMMEX stands for Maquiladora, Manufacturing and Export Services Industry.  This is a program created by the Mexican government to attract and promote foreign investment. Generally, an IMMEX, or maquiladora, can temporarily import into Mexico goods that undergo a manufacturing, transforming, and/or repairing of the industrial process for subsequent export.  The Mexican government promotes and […]

Recent Developments in Personal Liability in International Trade Transactions

Posted on April 19, 2016

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Over the past two years, two major developments occurred that further defined the extent the government can seek to impose personal liability on individuals engaged in international trade transactions absent a showing of actual fraud. The first was the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in United States v. Trek Leather decided […]