Month: April 2018

Counterterrorism CTPAT

CTPAT – Taking the Lead for Change

By Judy Davis, BCG Trade Advisor CTPAT is rounding the bend into change territory! The road ahead is both familiar and new, with some of the first signs already added to the landscape. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (CBP) presented its CTPAT Roadmap for the future of the program at the recent Customs Trade Partnership

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Mexico Customs, A Quick Update

By Brenda Cordova, Braumiller Law Group, Mexico Attorney Mexican customs and trade regulations are constantly updated.  Sometimes over 8 times a year.The most recent amendment was published on December 22, 2017. The government is now releasing “resoluciones anticipadas” (similar to informed compliance publications) on their website.  These publications will then become law when published on

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Update on NAFTA Negotiations —April 2, 2018

By Paul Fudacz, Senior Attorney As negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States prepare for the eighth round of NAFTA discussions, there is increasing pressure to reach a deal on a revised framework due to several impending deadlines, prompting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to press the NAFTA partners to conclude negotiations on a

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Trade Tariffs

President Announces Special Duties on Chinese Products

By Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group On March 22, the President announced that the United States will be imposing special duties on certain Chinese products in retaliation for claimed theft of U.S. intellectual property rights and the use of pressure and intimidation to obtain trade secrets.   The proposed actions against China also included

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Import Export Law

Export Control Reform 2018

By Adrienne Braumiller, Partner, Braumiller Law Group In mid-February, the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 was introduced as bi-partisan legislation to the House. Its main goal appears to be to protect emerging U.S. technological advancements in science, engineering, and technology that could potentially be used as a military advantage, if seized and inspected at

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DOJ Ends Use of Civil Enforcement Authority

By: Attorney Sarah Wirskye, Wirskye Law In January 2018, the Office of the Associate Attorney General issued a new policy that prohibits the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using its civil enforcement authority to convert agency guidance documents into binding rules.  This policy prohibits DOJ’s civil litigators from using “guidance documents” in the enforcement of

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