Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties- Why Compliance is Mission Critical and Practical Pointers

An area of trade law that is getting a lot of attention these days is Anti-dumping and Countervailing duties (AD and CVD). AD and CVD orders are issued by the U.S Department of Commerce, and impose additional duties on certain products after an investigation has revealed that the products are either being “dumped” into the …

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When is the Authorized Agent/Freight Forwarder the United States Principal Party in Interest (USPPI)?

Two weeks ago, I received an email from a client, a distributor, informing me that they were involved in a routed export transaction, but they were not the USPPI. They went on to say that the Foreign Principal Parties’ freight forwarder in El Paso was the USPPI. So, I therefore became really curious, and asked …

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Mexico Going Digital

On March 27, 2017, the Mexican Minister of Economy published in the Official Gazette a decree regarding the establishment of a Legal Affairs System for Foreign Investment procedures (Sistema de Asuntos Jurídicos para la Inversión Extranjera) aimed to improve and facilitate the communication between the government and private entities. The purpose of this system is …

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Making a Product Outside the United States Using U.S. Materials – Piece of Cake!

OK, here is the scenario: A U.S. baker wants to make birthday cakes outside the U.S. The baker provides cake mix, sugar, eggs, frosting and birthday candles free of charge to the foreign bakery. The U.S. baker pays the foreign bakery $2.00 per cake to combine, bake, and finish these ingredients into finished birthday cakes, …

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