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Trump’s Trade Policy–Not as Protectionist as You May Think

I was fortunate enough to be on a panel last week with four foreign government representatives to discuss trade. The meeting was informative and I thought I would share my take-aways. My conclusion is that Trump’s trade...more

Demonstration of Compliance with Hong Kong Law Now A Must for U.S. Exporters to Hong Kong

The Commerce Department’s Bureau for Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a new rule that requires exporters to Hong Kong of items subject to certain controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to obtain...more

New Format for Filing CJ Requests via New Defense Export Control and Compliance System (DECCS)

As the export agencies still strive to implement one system for export licensing and compliance, DDTC has come one step closer by creating a new on-line process for filing CJ requests. As of November 16 at 5 pm, DDTC will no...more

11/23/2016  /  DDTC , Export Controls , Exports

Getting Your Goods Through Port Faster While Keeping the Country Safe– Is Membership in C-TPAT Right for You?

If you are importing a large volume of products from abroad and are not aware of the C-TPAT program administered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), then you may want to consider the benefits of the program. C-TPAT is...more

New Changes to Sanctions on Cuba Provide New Array of Business Opportunities in Cuba–What You Should Know

Sanctions against Cuba continue to lift. Effective this week, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have relaxed controls...more

10/20/2016  /  BIS , Cuba , Exports , OFAC , Sanctions

Commerce Report Shows Impressive Job Growth Thanks to U.S. Exports

The Commerce Department issued great news for exporters and American workers last week. According to Commerce’s report, Jobs Supported by Export Destination 2015, American jobs supported by U.S. exports to current free trade...more

New License Authorizing U.S. Aircraft to Make Temporary Sojourns to Iran Marks Further Lifting of Secondary Sanctions

Further weakening secondary sanctions, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a new license to allow non-U.S. persons to fly some U.S. aircraft to Iran for temporary sojourn. While General...more

Call for SME Exporters to Join New Commerce Advisory Council To Ensure Financing Options

The Commerce Department this week announced the establishment of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC), the mission of which will be to advise the Secretary on how the U.S. may support small and medium-sized U.S. business...more

2016 Top Export Markets for U.S. Goods

Last week the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) released the second installment of its Top Markets Reports. The reports–nineteen different industries are highlighted in total–do an excellent job...more

The Current Playing Field for Cuba – A Summary of the Existing Requirements

The Department of Treasury and Department of Commerce have made several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) since the Administration announced its new...more

New Commerce Department Procedure Available for U.S. Cuba License Holders – It’s a Bit Hard to Find, But if You Need It, You Need...

We all know that export regulations cannot keep up with reality. Reforms are happening very quickly, especially regarding Cuba. So, here’s a new procedure we just discovered. Perhaps it can help you if you are ever similarity...more

Commerce at its Best – A True Export Promotion Tool for U.S. Exporters

Trade Agreements are political hot potatoes, which as a trade attorney I always find interesting. The presidential candidates have been debating the pros and cons of trade agreements for years from a 60,000 foot level. Is the...more

Attention Exporters: C-TPAT Web Portal Updated Adding Exporter Application

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program is a voluntary government program through which importers and exporters can agree to implement and maintain a set of predetermined supply chain...more

Is Iran Open for Business for U.S. Exporters?

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Government issued a revised Guidance regarding Iran and also issued a Third Amended Statement of Licensing Policy on Activities Related to the Safety of Iran’s Civil Aviation Industry. The bottom...more

Limited Access to Cuba but it is a Start for U.S. Businesses

As you know there are ongoing changes to the Cuba export regulations. President Obama announced the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana and a Cuban embassy in Washington. The Commerce Department will remove Cuba from list...more

Iran – Don’t Forget the General License!

Iran entered into a historic nuclear agreement with the U.S. and other world powers on July 14th 2015. The agreement will allow the licensing of the export, re-export, sale, lease or transfer to Iran of commercial passenger...more

Attention Exporters: Passage of ‘Fast-Track’ Bill Sets the Stage for America’s Next Big Trade Deal

The Idea Behind TPA - On September 24 a rare alliance between Republicans and the Obama Administration led to passage of the ‘fast-track’ bill granting the President a 6-year renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). As a...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce...more

Update: Export Control Reform – One Year Later

It has now been over a year since the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative kicked off in October 2013 with revisions to four categories of the United States Munitions List (USML). Since then, 4 more rounds of changes...more

Update: U.S. Ramps Up Ukraine-Related Sanctions Yet Again

On December 19th, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13685 specifically targeting Crimea and those responsible for the usurpation of the peninsula back in March. This latest EO was the forth in a series aimed at...more

What Will the "New Chapter" in U.S.-Cuba Relations Entail?

On January 15, both the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published final rules implementing President Obama's initial reforms....more

Recent Elections Produce Trade-Friendly Congress: U.S. Exporters Stand to Gain

Apart from the Republican takeover of the Senate, the most noteworthy result of the recent U.S. midterm elections may well be the fact that both Houses have received a substantial infusion of pro-trade members. What’s more is...more

Five Export Markets Offer Growth Opportunities – Are you ready?

According to a recent report released by Moody’s credit rating agency, among the world’s top 20 economies, China, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey will be the fastest-growing economies of 2014. At the very least,...more

New DDTC Re-export Requirement – What You Need to Know

As of October 1, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has added an additional requirement for foreign parties looking to re-export or re-transfer items that are under their jurisdiction by...more

Export Control Reform Update: 2014 and Beyond

It’s been just about a year since the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative kicked off with revisions to four categories of the United States Munitions List (USML). Since then, two more rounds of changes has brought...more

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