Doreen Edelman

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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

7/27/2015 - Aircraft Airlines Compliance Due Diligence Exports Iran Iran Sanctions Nuclear Power OFAC Power Plants Sanctions

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

6/29/2015 - Export Controls Exporters Exports Trade Policy Trade Promotion Authority Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

1/30/2015 - Amended Legislation Banking Sector Barack Obama BIS CACR Cuba EAR Embargo Executive Orders Export Controls Exports Foreign Relations Imports OFAC Sanctions Telecommunications Trade Relations Travel Permits U.S. Commerce Department U.S. Treasury

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

1/27/2015 - Amended Regulation Barack Obama Commerce Control List EAR Export Controls Exports ITAR USML

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

1/22/2015 - Banking Sector Barack Obama BIS Crimea Defense Sector Energy Sector Executive Orders Export Controls Exports OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List Ukraine

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

1/19/2015 - Banking Sector BIS Cuba Exports Financial Institutions Foreign Policy Imports OFAC Sanctions Trade Policy Travel Permits Travelers

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

11/25/2014 - Election Results Exports Free Trade Agreement Trade Policy Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

10/22/2014 - China Economic Development Emerging Markets Exports Foreign Investment India Indonesia Saudi Arabia Turkey

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

10/21/2014 - DDTC Defense Sector Department of State Exports New Regulations Restraint of Trade US Munitions List

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

10/15/2014 - DOD Export Controls Exports ITAR Trade Policy US Munitions List

Prohibited Country Sanctions and Embargoes: Make Sure You Know the Difference When Drafting Contract Language and Evaluating...

Casually, the words ‘embargo’ and ‘sanction’ are often used interchangeably. But when it comes to drafting a contract or assessing the viability of an export opportunity, failing to use the correct word can have serious...more

7/23/2014 - Contract Drafting Embargo Exports Jurisdiction Manufacturers Sanctions

How to Comply with your Export and Anti-Corruption Obligations Without Offending Your Customers and Foreign Partners – Blame the...

More and more companies are understanding the federal anticorruption, Patriot Act, and export due diligence requirements to “know your customer”. However, I am asked over and over how much information is really needed. Do you...more

5/1/2014 - Anti-Corruption Compliance Due Diligence Exports Patriot Act

No New Export Licenses For Items, Services, or Information Destined For Russia — Be Careful with Russian Nationals in the U.S.

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the two offices in charge of issuing export licenses for controlled dual-use and defense...more

4/29/2014 - DDTC Export Controls Exports Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions

Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

4/11/2014 - Aviation Industry Exports Iran Iran Sanctions Medical Devices Middle East OFAC

Smart Phone Technology and Exports

Export controls and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) have hit the big leagues. Even NPR’s Martin Kaste is covering it! I think such coverage is great because outside of the University research communities...more

3/28/2014 - Export Controls Exports ITAR Smartphones Technology

White House Announces “Single Window” Initiative Aimed at Streamlining the US Export/Import Process: Supply Chain Regulatory...

President Obama’s February 19 Executive Order outlines an initiative aimed at reducing supply chain barriers by simplifying filing processes and eliminating duplicative requirements in order to allow companies to concentrate...more

2/26/2014 - Cross-Border Transactions Executive Orders Exports Imports Supply Chain

Are You New to Exporting? Here is How to Vet a Foreign Partner, Agent or Distributor and Make Sure the Company Can Pay Its Bills!

Are you proactively planning your expansion or are you reacting to a business opportunity? If you are reacting to a business opportunity, here is what I suggest you do. Start with doing diligence on your buyer/potential...more

2/24/2014 - Background Checks Exports Foreign Business Partners

BVI Company In Trouble Over Plans to Ship Engines to Iran

We usually don’t post enforcement summaries. However, I wanted to insure everyone was aware that the United States government is really going after non-U.S. entities. Please see below. Note it is the Commerce Department not...more

2/17/2014 - BVI Business Companies Exports Iran OFAC U.S. Commerce Department

First Round of Export Control Reform In Effect Beginning October 15

Seems like all my free moments are on a plane. This flight in particular is an 8 hour flight — the inflight entertainment and the light controls are not working! This gives me time to reflect on Export Control Reform. With...more

10/10/2013 - Commerce Control List Export Controls Exports US Munitions List

Exporting: A great way to save on your U.S. federal corporate income taxes!

Saving on your federal income taxes is yet another reason to start exporting. If your company manufactures or processes goods in the U.S. you can set up a Domestic International Sales Corporation (“DISC”) and save up to 20%...more

8/19/2013 - Corporate Taxes Domestic International Sales Corporation Exports Income Taxes IRS

Understanding OFAC’s Newest General License Regarding Personal Communication Services in Iran

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently released General License D regarding the exportation of certain services, software and hardware pertaining to personal communication exchange in Iran....more

6/24/2013 - Apple Export Administration Regulations Exports Iran Sanctions Licenses OFAC Software

New Export Compliance Interactive On-Line Tools — From BIS Including New Specially Designed Language

In conjunction with the Government’s ongoing Export Control Reform Initiative, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) in the Department of Commerce is introducing some useful web-based tools for exporters. Three new...more

5/30/2013 - BIS Exports U.S. Commerce Department

Thinking About Exporting? – 3 Preliminary Tips to Ensure Success

As the world becomes more global and interconnected, a small business may have the opportunity to grow by exporting its products to foreign markets (or even may find its products are being exported by others). However,...more

4/25/2013 - Compliance Exports Foreign Markets SBA Small Business

Use the C-TPAT Program to Facilitate Your Imports and Exports

Global supply chain security has been a hot topic for years. Containerized shipping has been identified as one of the weak points in border security. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government...more

3/18/2013 - C-TPAT Customs and Border Protection Exports Imports

Simplify Your Import Process? CBP has created new Industry Centers for Streamlined Procedures!

Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is continuing efforts to maximize efficiency through the expansion of its industry focused contact Centers. The Centers of Excellence and Expertise, known as “CEEs” or “Centers,” were...more

2/8/2013 - CEEs Customs and Border Protection Exports Imports

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