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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REIGNCORE: The USMCA has been Ratified!

One of the many improvements from NAFTA in the newly-ratified United States Mexico Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), is the added ability of your business to directly engage in an ongoing dialogue with a permanently established USMCA committee, whose express purpose is to work with businesses in order to clarify terms of control of the USMCA as …

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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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Updates with Chinese Trade War

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group President Trump signed the Phase 1 Agreement with China on January 15, 2020. As part of the agreement, China has pledged to purchase $200 billion worth of goods and services over the next two years – this would be a 50% increase from the current levels. The …

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Ambitious Free Trade in 2020 and the African Continent

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 54 of the 55 African Union nations. The free-trade area is the largest in the world in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade …

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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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Emerging Technologies Rule-making is Upon Us!

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Vicky Wu, Senior Associate Attorney and Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney On January 6, 2020, BIS published an interim final rule adding “software specially designed to automate the analysis of geospatial imagery” to the EAR and requiring a license to export and reexport such items to all countries, with the …

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