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A Week of Trade: Congress Advances Numerous Trade Bills

This past week saw more congressional activity on trade legislation than has been seen in some time. Both houses of US Congress marked up and advanced badly needed and long-overdue legislation in a number of areas relevant to...more

Major Breakthrough in the Information Technology Agreement Expansion Talks

The Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China announced on November 10, 2014 that the United States and China have reached an agreement on the coverage of...more

11/14/2014  /  China , Technology , US Trade Policies , WTO

Introducing Personal Liability Into Corporate Negligence: An Analysis of the Trek Leather Decision

Are you an owner or officer of a small or midsize business? An import or trade compliance professional? Someone whose job responsibilities include some aspect of the process of importing merchandise into the United States,...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine"

On March 6, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” (“the Order”), designed to address the extraordinary threats to democratic processes...more

3/10/2014  /  Executive Orders , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fraud: Using Wartime Powers to Extinguish Statutes of Limitations

Sun Tzu declared in The Art of War that "there is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu, however, did not consider the vast power that springs from US Congressional actions made during times of...more

Update on Government Shutdown's Impact on Trade

The ongoing federal government shutdown is impacting a wide variety of import and export trade activities. While the situation remains fluid as each agency executes its contingency plans, below is a summary of the current...more

10/7/2013  /  Bonds , FDA , Government Shutdown , Trade Policy

Bills Renewing GSP and Tariff Suspensions Are Racing Against the Clock

With the end of July approaching, Congress has finally turned some of its attention to addressing overdue international trade matters. However, it may be too late to prevent at least a temporary disruption to importers who...more

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