CTPAT – Taking the Lead for Change

Counterterrorism CTPAT

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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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: How to Cope with the Impact and Temporary Exemptions

Global Trade Law

By Adrienne Braumiller, Partner Founder of Braumiller Law Group, and Megan Mohler, BLG Law Clerk The infamous proclamations are signed, published, and ready for rollout! Presidential Proclamations 9704 and 9705 that impose global safeguard tariffs on steel and aluminum imports officially took effect on March 23, 2018. The tariffs that impose a 25 percent duty …

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President Announces Special Duties on Chinese Products

Trade Tariffs

By Bruce Leeds, Senior of Counsel Attorney, 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 …

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Export Control Reform 2018

Import Export Law

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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