New Legislation Opens up Russian Trade Opportunities, But Facing Backlash

A bill overwhelmingly approved by Congress and signed by President Obama last month is expected to greatly expand export opportunities for American businesses by normalizing U.S. trade with Russia. But some fear it could also lead to strained relations between the two countries because of a provision in it that would punish Russian officials accused …

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A New Year’s Resolution: Ensuring Your Company Has a Strong Export Compliance Program

The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time to reflect upon your company’s export compliance controls and ensure the procedures you have in place adequately protect your company. Export compliance programs generally seek to prevent the company’s own unauthorized exports, but often fail to account for the entities and people actively seeking to …

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Made in Mexico vs. Made in China

According to Gabriel Lozano, J.P. Morgan’s chief economist for Mexico, until recently, China had been much more attractive to industry being cheaper, more flexible, and more accommodating; but wages in China are steadily rising, putting cost pressure on manufacturers. Lozano states, “Mexico didn’t start to win the battle against China until we started the recovery …

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A Few Interviewing Tips/Techniques for Import/Export/FCPA Investigations: Part 1

For those of you with children who have told you earnestly that they were not even born when the expensive antique vase was broken in the living room, you have probably developed a subconscious, built-in lie detector. In an altogether separate venue, during import, export, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, detecting deception and …

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Adrienne Braumiller Appointed to DOC’s Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee

Adrienne Braumiller, Partner of Braumiller Schulz LLP, has recently been appointed by Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Bank, to serve a four (4) year term on the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC). The RPTAC is one of seven Technical Advisory Committees that works in close cooperation with the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of …

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OWIT Dallas-Ft. Worth Announces President – Ashley McCauley

Braumiller Schulz Attorney Ashley McCauley was recently elected as the 2012 President for the DFW Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), an international non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade. Ms. McCauley advises domestic and foreign companies on a wide variety of international trade matters, including …

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Commerce Department Provides Tools for Vetting Chinese Business Transactions

We continue to see a prevalence of China business scams and encourage you to alert clients to be wary and thorough in their due diligence, particularly when receiving unsolicited, large purchase orders through the internet.  Are you aware that in addition to the standard ICP, CS China offers other background check services to help clients …

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Betraying the Legacy of FDR, Eisenhower, and Other Great Infrastructure Presidents

Brigham McCown

More than 75 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam), calling it “an engineering victory of the first order-another great achievement of American resourcefulness, American skill and determination.” Indeed it was. Built during the Great Depression, the project created thousands of jobs, guaranteed a reliable water supply for …

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