SME’s and Amazon Initiatives in a Global Pandemic

Small Business SME Amazon Intitiative

By Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group

What are SME’s? They are small and medium-sized enterprises that make-up the backbone of world trade and growth. A World Bank Group study suggests that there are between 365-445 million MSMEs in emerging markets.


China… Vietnam…What’s Next?

China Vietnam USTR Investigation

By Jennifer Horvath, Partner, BLG 

Many people are aware of the Section 301 investigation into the unfair trade practices of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). However, a similar investigation has recently been initiated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) into actions by Vietnam.


Export 2020 – A Year of Change

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By Christos Linardakis, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

In the chaos of a pandemic, “the show must go on”, and indeed, the regulators in Washington D.C. did just that—in the form of far reaching and noteworthy changes in re-export restrictions to China and companies like Huawei.


To File or Not to File Protests?

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By: Adrienne Braumiller & Vicky Wu Braumiller Law Group
George Tuttle III, Law Offices of George R. Tuttle

On September 10, 2020, HMTX Industries and related companies, Halstead and Metroflor, filed a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade (“CIT”) alleging that the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) exceeded its authority when it issued tariffs under …


The Mexico Agreement on Trade Facilitation

Mexico Agreement on Trade Facilitation

By: Brenda Cordova, Braumiller Law Group Mexico Counsel

On April 6, 2017, Mexico published in the Mexican Official Gazette an enactment decree to amend the Marrakech Agreement that created the World Trade Organization (WTO). This amendment consisted of the incorporation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation (ATF) set out in Annex 1A to the WTO …


Recent Changes to Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System

steel import monitoring and analysis

By: Paul Fudacz, Partner, Braumiller Law Group

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration published a final rule modifying its regulations pertaining to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) System. These changes include requiring steel import license applicants to identify the country where the steel used in the manufacture …


Export Controls on Campus A Learning Experience

export controls colleges universities

By: Bruce H. Leeds Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

Colleges and universities – Ivy covered buildings with students and faculty engaged in academic pursuits. Colleges and universities – Hotbeds of export control concerns. What?? The halls of academia have increasingly become involved with export control issues. There are several ways that universities are potentially affected …


Section 301 CIT Litigation: Current Status and What’s Next?

section 301 CIT Litigation

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, BLG

As many importers are aware, a lawsuit was brought against the United States arguing that the List 3 and List 4A tariffs violated The Trade Act of 1974, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Once the initial lawsuit was filed by HMTX on September 10th, companies rushed …


Filing with the CIT Regarding the Section 301 Potential Tariff Refund

section 301 tariff refund

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group

On the morning of September 15th our firm released a notification to importers that there was a case filed with the CIT that may possibly pave the way to refunds on the Section 301 tariffs. We expected a fairly decent response, and what we got was 10x’s that in …


“The Wild Wild East”… PPE Trade with Asia During the Pandemic

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By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group

PPE: The Inverted Profit Potential in the Age of the Pandemic Since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic we’ve witnessed a myriad of businesses in all areas of commerce crash or even succumb all together to the drastic, unforeseen and continuing prohibitions and restrictions which …


A Harried Hong Kong Make for Import/Export Uncertainty

By: Megan Mohler, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group On July 14, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order (EO) that stripped Hong Kong of its different and preferential treatment from mainland People’s Republic of China (PRC or China). In accordance with the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, the city of Hong Kong’s sovereignty was handed over …

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USMCA Chapter 25 – Call to Action

By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group The enactment of the “United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement” (“USMCA”) on July 1st, 2020, heralded the first new tri-lateral trade agreement since the enactment of its predecessor, NAFTA in 1994. Chapter 25 and the Newly Established Open Lines of Communication: One of the most progressive …

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