Current Status of the Chinese Trade War and the Section 301 Approval Process

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group, PLLC One of the more interesting events in the trade arena with China recently occurred with the arrest and subsequent indictment of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in December 2018. Meng was arrested by Canadian officials, at the request of the U.S., under the suspicion that Huawei, …

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New NAFTA? – What NAFTA Practitioners Can Expect Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

By: Paul Fudacz, Senior Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group, PLLC Many importers are aware that the United States, Canada, and Mexico have negotiated a replacement treaty for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The new agreement is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and was announced by President Trump on October 1, 2018.   …

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301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Effective Testimony

 By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group, PLLC In August of 2018, I published an article entitled “301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Testifying” [see link to previously published article on BLG Newsletter and Law 360].  This article was based upon my experiences as Of Counsel to Braumiller Law Group, PLLC (“Braumiller”) …

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Modernizing the World of Trade: CBP’s 21st Century Framework

By: Brandon French, Contract Attorney, Braumiller Law Group, PLLC Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has taken the initiative to modernize its current trade environment. The purpose of the initiative is to realign CBP’s current trade policies and procedures with the development of new industries, technology, and modes of conducting business. A Federal Register (FR) Notice …

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Tariffs and Walmart…. What’s Going on in Wally World?

By Bob Brewer, VP Marketing BLG A few weeks ago, Walmart’s top brass in Bentonville Arkansas kindly asked the Trump administration to scale back on its plan to put tariffs on Christmas lights, shampoo, dog food, luggage, mattresses, handbags, backpacks, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, cooking grills, cable cords and air conditioners. In a letter to U.S. …

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Does NAFTA 2.0 Modernization Mean More Opportunity for Fraud?

By Adrienne Braumiller, Partner & Founder Braumiller Law Group Many new technologies have erupted in the last 24 years, so sure, NAFTA was due for an update. Ecommerce has certainly also sparked the need for a facelift.  But modernized provisions for certification of origin (which is how countries determine which shipments qualify for duty-free status) …

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Navigating IMMEX/maquiladoras in Mexico

by Brenda Cordova, BLG Mexico Attorney In November of 2006, the Mexican government abolished the Maquiladora and PITEX Programs and created the IMMEX Program.  IMMEX stands for Industrial Manufacturera Maquiladora y de Servicios de Exportacion (literarily translated into English as Manufacturing Maquiladora and Export Services Industry). Generally, an IMMEX is a business entity authorized by …

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Reporting Pipeline Shipments

By Joe A. Cortez, Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Lately, domestic natural gas producing companies have started to export more natural gas to Canada and Mexico.  Before 2000, the United States exported relatively small volumes of natural gas and mostly by pipeline to Mexico and Canada. Total annual exports have generally increased each year since …

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New NAFTA, who dis?

By Megan Mohler, BLG Fall Associate NAFTA is out. USMCA is in. Just before the September 30 deadline to submit the full text of the new US-MX trade pact to Congress, Canada was able to agree to updated terms and sign on to the deal, narrowly preserving the tri-lateral trade agreement that will replace the …

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Confused Over CFIUS? New Impact on Export Controls by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

By Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, and Vicky Wu, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group PLLC Any day now we expect to see President Trump’s signature on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRMMA). On August 1, 2018, the Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing FIRRMA and introduced comprehensive changes to the law …

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Deductive Reasoning – Deducting Expenses or Asking for Trouble?

By Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Acme Corporation receives a shipment by ocean freight from Japan. The terms of shipment on the purchase order are CIF Long Beach, California, meaning the price includes the cost of the goods plus prepaid ocean freight and insurance from Japan to Long Beach. The commercial invoice accompanying …

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Are My Goods of Chinese Origin? Update on Country of Origin Rules in view of the Section 301 Tariffs

By BLG Senior Attorney Paul Fudacz With the first round of Section 301 tariffs in place as of July 6, and with the second round of tariffs coming into effect August 23, many U.S. importers are paying more attention to the country of origin of their imported merchandise, especially when these products undergo final production …

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