Latest Changes to the Mexican Customs Regulations (Reglamento de la Ley Aduanera)

On April 20, 2015, the Mexican government published in the Diario Oficial de la Federacion (Mexican Federal Register) its new Reglamento de la Ley Aduanera, or Regulations to the Mexican Customs Law. It supplements the Mexican Customs law, published on December 2013. This new regulation consisting of 249 articles became effective on June 20, 2015, …

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The Reasonable Care Standard for Importers: Does consultation with a broker negate a negligence penalty?

In 1993, the Customs Modified and Informed Compliance Act (“Mod Act”) vastly altered the relationship between importers and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), shifting legal responsibility for declaring value, classification, and rate of duty to the importer. In addition to this duty comes the obligation to exercise reasonable care with import transactions, pursuant to 19 …

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Export Control Reform – Let’s Define Some Terms

Those who deal with both the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) have undoubtedly noticed that the two sets of regulations use different terms for similar concepts.  For example, the ITAR uses the term “technical data”, and the EAR “technology” for a similar purpose.  Another example is when the ITAR …

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Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Technology Control Plans: Where do we go from here?

The bygone era of securing export-controlled technical data by merely placing it in a locked storage cabinet at night are long gone. Some of us may still wish for those long lost days where accessing export-controlled information required one to physically use a key, or door knob, to open the storage unit and retrieve what …

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