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Potential West Coast Port Labor Disruptions Loom Large for Importers and Exporters, Including Those of FDA-Regulated Products

On July 1st, the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) officially expired, increasing the potential of a work stoppage and cargo disruption at West...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Sets Stage for New Countervailing Duties on Chinese Solar Panels

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (Products) from...more

U.S. Customs And Border Protection Announces Three New Members Of Commercial Targeting And Analysis Center

Participating agencies jointly target commercial imports that threaten health and safety - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on April 1 that three additional Federal agencies have formally joined the...more

Recent Civil and Criminal Actions Highlight Trade Compliance as a Risk Area That Should Not Be Ignored

Recent news highlights what can happen when companies are not compliant vis-à-vis their trade compliance programs, leading to potential civil and criminal actions. Such actions can cost millions of dollars in penalties,...more

Help Them Help You: Partnering With U.S. Customs And Border Protection To Safeguard Your Brand

Given rapid advances in manufacturing technology and online commerce, counterfeiting has become a serious problem across virtually all business sectors. Despite brand owners’ best efforts, counterfeiting has expanded both in...more

CBP Announces Changes to CEEs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held its East Coast Trade Symposium on March 6 and 7 2014, which focused on the many changes that CBP is undergoing. Specifically, it highlighted CBP’s commitment to focus enforcement...more

US China Trade War–Developments Trade, Customs, Patents, US/China Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...more

Summer Musings about Canadian Customs Regulations

These are relatively quiet times for new, impactful Canadian customs regulations, but a few recent postings are of note....more

Cannot Say Enough – Customs' Enforcement Efforts – Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Laws

In September 2011 we published an article entitled Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties – Know the Products You Import. ...more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Proposes Testing Method to Classify Footwear

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published in The Customs Bulletin (Vol. 47, No. 14, March 27, 2013), a proposed testing method to determine the proper classification of certain footwear under the Harmonize Tariff...more

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

U.S. Customs Announces Major Changes in Wake of Sequestration Budget Cuts

With sequestration cuts now in effect, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar issued guidance over the weekend about CBP’s revised operations. Like many other government agencies, CBP will...more

11th Circuit Case Signals Split on Law vs. Regulation vs. … Contract?

On February 22, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated the smuggling and conspiracy convictions of two importers of allegedly tainted cheese products in the case of United States of America v. Yuri...more

CBP Inspects Almost a Billion Ways to Say “I Love You”

As the last of forgetful but doting husbands, boyfriends, and lovers runs out to buy their special someone flowers on this Valentine’s Day, the inspectors at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are breathing a sigh of...more

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

Customs Compliance Programs – A Must for Importers

All who import goods into the United States know it is a complicated exercise. Importing can be fraught with peril in the absence of attention to detail. Mistakes in importing can lead to detained or seized merchandise,...more

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