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  The USMCA will modernize an outdated …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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INSIGHT: Trade Wars—Global Protectionism as a Threat to Cross-Border Transactions

By:  Adrienne Braumiller, Vicky Wu and Megan Mohler of Braumiller Law Group (Article originally posted on September 26, 2019 and is on the BloombergTax website.) President Trump’s trade war with China continues. What options do businesses importing and exporting have in this period of uncertainty? Adrienne Braumiller, Vicky Wu and Megan Mohler of Braumiller Law Group …

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Ready for More Section 301 Duties? Here They Come on EU Products!

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner, Braumiller Law Group On October 2, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the United States has won the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization (WTO) history in its dispute with the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus.  This award grew out of an allegation …

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MTB Petition Process

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group This Friday, October 11, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will open this MTB portal mtbps.usitc.gov. The deadline for submitting MTB petitions is December 10, 2019. More information on the MTB process is available on the USITC’s MTB landing page, usitc.gov.  The site includes recordings of webinars on details how …

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Section 301 List #3: Current Status of the List 3 Exclusion Process

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The deadline to submit List 3 exclusion requests officially closed on September 30th. While some exclusion requests have already been granted, the majority of submitters must now wait for the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to review their requests. As each request is reviewed, they must progress …

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Much Like the Elvis Song, “It’s Now or Never”

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group It seems like a long time ago, but it really wasn’t, that President Trump withdrew the United States from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) on his 3rd day in office. Looking back, it was actually the gateway for the implementation of the Section 301 tariff war with China. For a …

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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Wood Packing Materials

By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group Either your company, or someone you have spoken with lately, has likely been the recipient of a wood packing notice violation. This is because, especially in the last two years, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has started strictly enforcing the requirements and regulations related to wood packing material …

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Section 232 Actions on Automobiles and Parts – What Are They Driving At??

By: Bruce Leeds, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Section 232?  Doesn’t that apply to duties on aluminum and steel?  Yes – but it could soon also apply to automobiles and parts.  Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the President of the United States, through tariffs or other means, to adjust the …

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8 Things You Should Know Before Submitting MTB Petitions for the 2019 Cycle

By: Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group You only have 60 days. The second MTB petition cycle opens October 11, 2019 and closes December 10, 2019. The previous cycle opened in October 2016 and the approved petitions that were signed into law in September 2018 expire December 31, 2020. The MTB petition portal can …

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Venezuela Sanctions

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group The newly imposed sanctions on the Government of Venezuela are aimed at limiting the Maduro regime’s access to all property and interests that are in, or come within, the United States. These sanctions are quickly becoming comparable to those imposed on Iran, Cuba, and North Korea …

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