COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters

By: Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney and Lowell DeFrance, Of Counsel, BLG The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has presented unique challenges for the U.S. supply chain, and for the U.S. economy as a whole. Front and center is the shortage of critical medical equipment and personal protective equipment (“PPE”), including ventilators, respirators, masks, gloves, swabs and …

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Force Majeure and the Coronavirus [COVID-19]: Definitions Matter

By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group The month of March has brought a deluge of cancellations of international conferences, travel and severely affected markets around the world, all due to the spread of “COVID-19” – the newest strain of the “Coronavirus” which was first discovered last December in Wuhan, China. Force Majeure …

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USMCA Implementation, What’s Next?

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner, Braumiller Law Group The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has officially been ratified by all three North American parties, now what? For one thing, the United States, Canada, and Mexico must develop uniform regulations with an effective date prior to, or on June 1, 2020 which is the official implementation date …

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Import Valuation

By: Bonnie M. Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Determining the appropriate value for merchandise that you import can be a tricky task.  In general, you need to start by determining the basis of appraisement that is appropriate for your situation.  I’ll list them below but note that you should try to use the …

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Section 301 Updates: The Coronavirus

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has recently opened a comment period to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The USTR is inviting interested parties to submit a comment explaining whether a product currently covered by the Section 301 tariff action is needed for the medical and public …

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How COVID-19 is Impacting U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls

By: Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group Since the emergence of COVID-19 in the U.S. beginning in February of 2020, there is general uncertainty over how the pandemic could affect the regulatory landscape, including regulations relating to U.S. sanctions and export controls.  A review of the actions taken to date suggest that little …

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Using Section 301 Tariff Exclusions

By: James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group The window for filing a request for exclusions from the tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on goods from China closed in late January.  However, the process of granting exclusions is unfolding very slowly. Tranches One and Two:  The exclusions granted under the first two tranches of …

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CBP’s Forced Labor Initiative: Will this Affect your Supply Chain?

By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group The U.S. government, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has recently put an emphasis on preventing forced labor in global supply chains. For instance, On March 11, 2020, the House Rules Committee introduced a new bill that would create a rebuttable presumption regarding forced labor in Xinjiang, China. …

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Industry in the Midst of COVID-19

By: Vicky Wu, Senior Associate Attorney and Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as individuals and companies are trying to adjust to coronavirus recommendations.  While U.S. companies remain operational, many have experienced supply chain disruptions leading to concerns that contractual …

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