Illegal Imports

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EU updates sanctions against Libya and Syria, and introduces import ban for Crimean products

The EU Council on 23 June 2014 took several sanctions-related actions,1 all effective on 24 or 25 June 2014, including: • the introduction of an EU import ban for products from Crimea and Sevastopol (and related...more

Electrical Steel Investigations Advance

Two important electrical steel trade cases are advancing after affirmative preliminary determinations by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Department of Commerce (Commerce). The first case involves imports...more

Digital Imports: Should Downloads Be Subject to the Tariff Act?

On April 3, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the agency has jurisdiction to police digital transmission for intellectual property infringement. The ITC hears trade disputes regarding “articles” imported...more

3-D Printing and the International Trade Commission – ITC Stops Importation of Infringing Digital Data Files

The International Trade Commission has jurisdiction to stop the importation of infringing “articles.” The ITC says that the term “articles” includes tangible goods and intangible electronic files. An electronic cross-border...more

Feds’ Reliance on Environmental Activism Underscores Need for Lacey Act Compliance

The search warrant recently executed by U.S. Customs and Fish and Wildlife Service agents on a Virginia-based flooring wholesaler surrounded allegations that the company had illegally imported wood in violation of the Lacey...more

"SEC Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement in an FCPA Matter"

On April 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with a company in a matter involving alleged violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The...more

U.S. Customs Officials Sour On Honey Fraud Organization by T. Augustine Lo

On February 20, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), CBP, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois jointly announced federal criminal charges against five individuals and two...more

Perils Of The Global Supply Chain Series, Part 3: Groundbreaking ‘Honey Laundering’ Sting Signals New Era In Supply Chain...

Supply chain compliance is on the government’s enforcement radar like never before. If the recent Executive Order on Trafficking in Government Contracts and final SEC Conflict Minerals Rules were not notice enough, the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 1, 2013

In this issue: - Recent SEC Speeches Focus on Investor Protection and Disclosure - SEC 2013 Examination Priorities - CFTC Revises Clearing Compliance Schedule for iTraxx CDS Indices - SEC Division...more

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Federal Ban on Trafficking of Certain “Culturally Significant Articles”

On October 22, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit affirmed a Federal District Court decision that a federal ban on the trafficking of certain culturally significant articles was proper and did not...more

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