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Romaine Calm: FSVP is Approaching

Does FSVP Apply to You? Are you the importer, consignee, or agent for food imported into the United States? If so, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (FSVP), a key...more

Due Your Duty

With the ever-increasing scrutiny being brought to compliance and the payment of duties on imported goods by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it is worth commenting that any duties which are due when an entry liquidates...more

Buy American Executive Order

On April 18th, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO” or “Order”) focused on the Buy American laws and regulations. See Buy American EO. This EO directs federal government entities to review their procurement rules...more

DOJ Defines Compliance

In the span of the last 18 months, the topic of corporate compliance programs has gotten considerable attention from the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and now finally, DOJ has published significant details about how it is...more

Is the Border Tax Crossing the Line?

It is far too early to discern the extent of any change to the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in the face of the oft-repeated insistence of the Trump campaign to “renegotiate” NAFTA, a promise that was reiterated...more

Appraising Produce

In July 2016, the Houston Regulatory Audit office sent a letter to a number of large importers cautioning them to be sure their value declarations were correct, underscoring CBP’s position by pointing recipients to a long...more

It’s All About Compliance

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which come up routinely with import and export transactions. These articles/tips are published with the intention to provide...more

Make Your Hanjin Bankruptcy Claims Now!

There is a lot of press coverage about the Hanjin bankruptcy, but very little of it provides tangible facts for traders to rely on. One thing we know for sure is Hanjin filed a Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. What that...more

TFTEA – Export Fee Refunds, Show Me The Money?

In an earlier alert, we discussed the various export incentives put into place with the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“TFTEA”). One long-standing benefit available to exporters is duty drawback,...more

SOLAS: Saves Lives? Causes Ulcers?

On July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) requirement for shippers to provide steamship lines with the verified gross mass (“VGM”) of each shipment takes effect internationally. While under development at the...more

Privacy Shield Takes More Hits

Just in the last week, both the European Parliament and the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) published findings holding the currently proposed EU-US Privacy Shield to be seriously deficient, and calling for...more

Everyone Deserves To Have Secrets – Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) which brought with it a new era of accountability and expediency in protecting employers’ intellectual property. Whether proprietary...more

The Art of Self Defense

Corporate compliance programs come in all shapes and sizes and apply whether your company is privately owned or publicly traded. These internal controls take the form of accounting and audit procedures,...more

Shielded but Not Covered – Privacy Demands Better Protection

Yesterday, the Article 29 Working Party took action which some found surprising and others predicted. It found the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield did not contain adequate protections and needs further improvement. While...more

TFTEA – Export Focus

In earlier editions of our Alert, we first summarized the new law, then addressed the intellectual property rights changes it contained, and most recently covered the organizational structure. Now, we turn to the export...more

TFTEA – CBP Organizational Structure

Among its many provisions, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“TFTEA” or the “Act”), H.R. 644, formally establishes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) as a department within Homeland Security (“DHS”)....more

New Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, PL 114-125 (TFTEA), which includes an assortment of trade facilitation and trade enforcement provisions,...more

New Customs Bill Becomes Law

On February 24, 2016, H.R. 644 was signed into law by the President. While yet another trade-related bill was signed without any public ceremony, this new law contains a number of timely provisions. The first section deals...more

European Union - United States Reach Privacy Deal

As was widely reported last week, United States and European Union officials announced that terms of a “Safe Harbor 2.0” has been reached. Now called the “EU-US Privacy Shield,” few tangible details are public at this time. ...more

ACE Deadline Reminder for Imports and Exports

On February 28, 2016, those involved with imports and exports are preparing to undergo a major transition. As of that date, all entries must be filed using the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system. ACE not only...more

New Cybersecurity Law – Are You Prepared?

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Beginning at Division N, Public Law 114-113 deals with cyber threats and includes the means and methods by which the private sector may...more

DOJ Sets Its Sights on Directors and Officers

Whether publicly traded or privately held, corporate boards have been put on notice – the Department of Justice (Justice or DOJ) is after you! On September 9th, DOJ issued a memo entitled: Individual Accountability for...more

GSP Refunds Clarified

While the oft-rumored Federal Register notice has yet to be seen, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did publish information about obtaining refunds under the now reinstated Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)....more

The Times Are Changing, But Very Slowly

First, we learned relations with Cuba were thawing, and now – on July 14th – there is the nuclear deal with Iran. Many American companies are clambering to make commercial deals with businesses in both countries – but not so...more

Trade Preference Programs Get New Life

On June 29, 2015, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 became Public Law No. 114-27. As a result, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) was extended to December 31, 2017, with retroactive effect to July 31, 2013...more

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