Month: April 2013

C-TPAT System of Records Notice: What does it Mean for Your Privacy?

Participants in the Customs Trade Partnership Program Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program may be interested to know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection  has published a concurrent “System of Records Notice” (SORN) and “Notice or Proposed Rule Making” (NPRM). The recent move by CBP now brings the information that CBP has gathered on C-TPAT members and

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The Impact of Export Control Reform on an Electronics Subcontractor

Acme Electronics (Acme) is a medium-sized company in the U.S. that makes products (primarily circuit board assemblies and wiring harnesses) used in commercial and military aircraft. Acme occasionally sells these products to aircraft manufacturers, but most of its sales are to major U.S. and foreign subcontractors to aircraft manufacturers. Acme has a pretty straightforward process

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Bureau of Census Publishes Foreign Trade Regulations Final Rule

On March 14, 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division (FTD) published the final rule revising the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), Title 15, Part 30. The publication of the final rule amends the FTR published in 2008. The effective date of the final rule is January 8, 2014, which gives the trade community approximately

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U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement: Business is Booming

Business is booming under the recently enacted U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA).  One of the many free trade agreements that the U.S. has engaged in recently, the UKFTA went into effect on March 15, 2012. A year after its initiation, trade numbers in certain commodities between South Korea and the U.S. indicate a successful future

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Blue Lantern Highlights the Need for a Strong Compliance Program

The Department of State, through the Research & Analysis Division (RAD), Office of Defense Trade Controls  Compliance (DTCC), Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) operates an end-use monitoring program called Blue Lantern. The Blue Lantern program monitors the end-use of defense articles, defense services, and brokering activities to ensure that “the recipient is complying with the requirements

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Commodity Jurisdiction Request to Juries

The 1st Circuit Appeals court found in a recent case that juries may sometimes decide whether certain products are covered by the United States Munitions List. In United States v. Zhen Zhou Wu, the defendant was convicted of multiple counts of willful violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations. The

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Explaining the Mexican Pedimento

In Mexico, the pedimento is the most relevant custom form that importers or exporters use during the importation or exportation of their goods. The pedimento can only be completed by the Mexican customs broker (Agente Aduanal) at the request of the importer or exporter. Even though the pedimento can be reduced to one-page document, the

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