Month: May 2013

Centers of Excellence and Expertise: A Boon for Importers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: A Boon for Importers It doesn’t take much to recognize the benefits that U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s new Centers for Expertise and Excellence offer to importers frustrated with fragmented ports of entries. I say fragmented because, by nature, ports of entries fragment knowledge, experience, and CBP’s relationship with importers. An importer

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The Raytheon Case Illustrates the Other Half of Compliance

The Raytheon Company recently entered into a consent agreement with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) of the Department of State settling allegations that it violated the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) by failing to properly manage license agreements and temporary export and import licenses. In the

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European Commission Issues Guidelines on the Classification of Sets

On April 11, the European Commission published “Guidelines on the classification in the Combined Nomenclature of goods put up in sets for retail.” The guidelines clarify what types of goods once assembled for sale as a “set” can be classified under a single Harmonized Tariff Code rather than having to break out the items and

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Satellites and Spacecraft Move to Commerce Control List: Proposed Rule

In a long-awaited move, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce announced a proposed rule transferring certain commercial satellite, spacecraft and related items from State Department to Commerce Department control. This proposed rule is the result of extensive efforts by the satellite and spacecraft industries in the U.S. whose exports

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What does the Defense Distributed Case Teach Us?

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations don’t usually garner national attention from the press, but when they do, they do so with a bang. A recent case involving University of Texas law student Cody Wilson has brought the ITAR into the national spotlight in a way that few events have. The State Department alleges that

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