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].  This article was based upon my experiences as Of Counsel to Braumiller Law Group, PLLC (“Braumiller”) in working closely …

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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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U.S. Customs & Border Protection Enforcement of Trademarks

By Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group If you go to the Trade tab at CBP.gov one of the featured items on the menu is Priority Trade Issues.  There you will find information on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).  This primarily deals with CBP enforcement of trademarks and copyrights. U.S. copyright and trademark holders lose …

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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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Section 301 – Increased U.S. Import Duties to Chinese Products: How Will This Impact NAFTA Article 303 and IMMEX Operations?

By BLG Mexico Attorneys Brenda Cordova and Francisco de la Cruz In Mexico, the manufacturing industry, formerly known as PITEX or maquila, and currently known as IMMEX (Manufacturing and Export Services Industry), has had considerable growth due to NAFTA.  This was mainly because of the low labor cost, the import duty reduction, and the preferential …

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Section 301 Initial Tariff List Becomes Effective

Global Trade Compliance

By Jennifer Horvath, Senior Associate Attorney, BLG Today, June 15th, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the list of products which will become subject to the additional Section 301 tariff.  The tariffs were announced to become effective beginning July 6, 2018.  The government is imposing an additional 25% ad valorem …

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