Supply Chain – Speed Kills: What is driving this, and where is the speed coming from?

By: Ron Spencer, Trade Consultant and former COO of several major brands Consumers are driving the marketplace, and they have high expectations. “When can I get it?” Consumers have an insatiable appetite for speed. Just a few years ago, Dell made the news that you could get a customized laptop in just a few weeks. …

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Airbus SE Export Settlement Agreement: What can be learned from their mistakes?

By: Christos Linardakis, Contributing Author I’m sure by now, you’ve read, or at least heard of, the Airbus SE multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S., French and UK authorities, for FCPA and Export violations—the largest penalty that I can recall in my 30+ years in international trade! Although, I’ve had extensive experience in anti-bribery and anti-corruption …

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Classification: A Necessary Evil or Helpful Tool?

By: Bonnie M. Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Determining the correct classification of goods is arguably paramount to any good trade compliance program.  However, many companies misclassify their goods at an astonishing rate.  While this may be good for business for trade compliance consultants like myself, it isn’t good when it comes time …

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Department of Homeland Security Announces Actions to Combat E-Commerce Counterfeiting

By: Paul Fudacz, Partner, Braumiller Law Group U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data shows that between the years 2000 and 2018, seizures of counterfeit goods at U.S. borders have increased 10-fold, from 3,244 seizures per year to 33,810.  In response to this surge, in April of last year, the Trump Administration published its Memorandum …

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Updated VSD Policies: How Could this Affect you?

By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group While the United States Trade Representative is currently inundated with Section 301 exclusion requests, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division’s (NSD) recent update could be encouraging an influx of voluntary self-disclosures (VSDs) to the U.S. export agencies and the DOJ in the near future. NSD has …

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Japan-US Free Trade Agreement – Not All it Appears to Be

By: Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group On Jan. 1, 2020 the Japan-United States Free Trade Agreement went into effect.  The agreement provides duty-free, or reduced duty treatment, for certain Japanese imports into the U.S. and certain U.S. exports to Japan.  The implementation details were printed in the Federal Register on Dec. 30, 2019 …

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Executive Order Places Reporting Burden on Express Couriers and Customs Brokers to Report Importers

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group On Friday, January 31, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order reiterating the policy of the United States regarding persons who facilitate imports of merchandise in direct violation of Federal laws and calling for the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue a notice of proposed rule-making …

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