2012: A Busy Year for Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released a summary of its activities in Fiscal Year 2012, which the agency says was marked by “historic levels of personnel, technology and resources” dedicated to the Southwest border, coupled with efforts to facilitate legitimate trade and travel. “In 2012, the men and the women of CBP played …

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Making a “Made in USA” Claim – First Understand the Basics

Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have responsibilities related to the use of country-of-origin claims. While the FTC regulates claims of U.S. origin under its general authority to act against deceptive acts and practices, foreign-origin markings on products (e.g., “made in Japan”) are regulated primarily by CBP. This …

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An Update on Export Control Changes for Commercial Satellites

Recent movement toward loosening export controls for commercial satellites and related items has that sector of U.S. industry crossing its fingers. Notably, the President recently signed into law an act loosening export controls. The National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013 (“the Act”), signed on January 2, is a signature step in the movement …

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Conducting Business in Mexico in 2013…..Is it Safe?

Last month, I covered the ever-growing competitive landscape between manufacturing in Mexico and manufacturing in China. Interestingly, some of you inquired about the obvious risks (non-Customs related) involved with manufacturing in Mexico, so I thought I would take a look at the current climate. It’s a given that Mexico’s war on crime is  a point …

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Trade between the United States and Mexico: Securing the Supply Chain

The trade of goods and services between the United States and Mexico is an essential component of both countries’ economies. As of 2011, the trade of goods and services with Mexico totaled $500 billion. Mexico was the second largest market for exports of U.S. goods, and the third largest supplier of goods imported into the …

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Bureau of Industry and Security “Outreach visits”: An Opportunity to Shape Up

On Feb. 5, 2010, a small company named Capintec, Inc. received a seemingly cordial and routine “outreach visit” from Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) special agents. What appeared to be a harmless and informative visit turned out to be the Trojan horse that led to a $23,000 fine assessed against Capintec for unauthorized shipments …

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