CHECK THAT MARK

By Sue-Ann Linnemann, BCG Senior Trade Advisor I was talking to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Officer the other day and I asked, “What’s the most common violation you are seeing these days?”  Without hesitation, she told me that Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) continues to be “number one.”  These particular …

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ACE Reconciliation to Launch in February 2018

By Jennifer Horvath, Attorney, Braumiller Law Group  On June 27, 2017, CBP postponed the implementation of the reconciliation processing capability within the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  The release date was originally targeted for July 8, 2017, but is now scheduled to deploy on February 24, 2018.  According to the CBP, the delay is related to continuing efforts …

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The “Next Big Thing”: Update on Key Antidumping/Countervailing Duty Case for Cold Drawn Mechanical Tubing

By Jennifer Horvath, Attorney, Braumiller Law Group   On April 19, 2017, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products, Michigan Seamless Tube, PTC Alliance Corp., Webco Industries and Zekelman Industries filed petitions with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) and the Department of Commerce (DOC).  The imposition of antidumping/countervailing duties (ADD/CVD) on imports of such tubing could have …

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Expanded Sanctions Against Russia, Iran and North Korea – A Summary

By Attorney Adrienne Braumiller, Founder, Braumiller Law Group On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act).  While the legislation’s initial purpose was to deepen and expand American sanctions against Russia, Congress broadened the final version of the Act to include additional measures targeting Iran, North …

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The Importance of Effective Internal Controls – Learning from Hobby Lobby’s Mistakes

By Adrienne Braumiller, Founder, Braumiller Law Group Hobby Lobby has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office that requires the company to pay fines totaling $3 million, in addition to the surrender of a trove of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts, and the installation of rigorous new internal compliance standards to avoid future trade …

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“Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” – How Trade with China Can Lead to Significant Penalties

By Attorney Adrienne Braumiller, Partner & Founder of Braumiller Law Group The passage of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act) brought a host of new regulations into law, and with them, new compliance hurdles for those engaged in international trade.  Though the Act was designed to target transactions with Russia, Iran, and …

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