Month: December 2019

Trade Compliance Best Practices in Mergers and Acquisitions

By: Vicky Wu, Senior Associate Attorney and Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, BLG ‘Twas the night before merger and all through the office, not an associate was sleeping not even the bosses. The diligence was due, and the T’s were crossed but (oh no) the I’s were not dotted! One of the biggest concerns for companies in

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Denied Party Screenings and Best Practices

By: Judy Davis, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group It’s a matter of “Much ado about something. . .” Make no mistake – denied party screening applies to you.  Don’t gamble with your export privileges by thinking “one size fits all”  when it comes to screening.  Instead, consider the principle of “screening smart”.  Take into

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Trends in Compliance, and the International Trade Landscape – A Year in Review

By: Brad Menard, VP of Braumiller Consulting Group Known for its kaleidoscope of ever-changing rules and regulations, the international trade landscape certainly surpassed expectations in 2019.   Section 232 and 301 duties sent their ripples throughout the global economy.  In a speech in September 2019, Cynthia Whittenburg, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, shared that even if

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Major Regulatory Changes under USMCA

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner, BLG The long-awaited implementation of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) may be happening just in time for Christmas this year! On 12/10 Speaker Pelosi announced that Democrats had reached an agreement with the Trump administration on moving forward with the USMCA trade agreement.  The USMCA will modernize an outdated

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NIST 800-171: Cybersecurity, CUI/CDI and NIST 800-171 What does it mean for your business?

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group For anyone in the aerospace, defense, and export control markets, you have undoubtedly been faced with the question on cyber-security compliance. This form of compliance most often surfaces if you’re dealing in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), where the certification of compliance is required through systems such

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Section 301 Tariffs – A Year and a Half in Review

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, BLG The majority of US businesses have felt increased pressure since the imposition of the Section 301 tariffs. Companies have been forced to find ways to mitigate the impact of the tariff through reclassification, tariff engineering, or re-sourcing outside of China. The following breakdown explains the history of each “List”

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Sacre Bleu! Section 301 Duties on Nice French Stuff?

By: Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Section 301 duties on French merchandise?  How can that be?   Doesn’t Section 301 only apply to China? The answers are yes and no.  The US Trade Representative announced that the US was planning to impose up to 100% additional duties on a variety of French origin products

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