Decrementing Export Licenses in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

As of July 28, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, deployed a new AES function to assist filers reporting BIS-licensed exports. AES began decrementing the BIS license value and now returns one or more Informational Messages to the filer. These messages will not preclude the issuance …

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BIS Issues Final Rules on Charging and Penalty Determinations in Settlement of Administrative Enforcement Cases

On June 22nd, the U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) promulgated its final version of the revision of enforcement guidelines (effective July 22, 2016).  BIS proposed its initial revisions in December 2015. Concerns regarding the proposed revisions included the proposed base penalty amounts, mitigation factors, related violations, warning letters, and the treatment of Voluntary …

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CBP SIGNALS CHANGE AHEAD WITH NEW REGULATORY AUDIT PROCEDURE

Trade Alert! CBP SIGNALS CHANGE AHEAD WITH NEW REGULATORY AUDIT PROCEDURE CBP officials with the Office of Regulatory Audit recently discussed changes to their approach to auditing importers for compliance, along with the possibility of issuing penalties for non-compliance, in a meeting with representatives for the Washington D.C., based American Association of Exporters and Importers …

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