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Upending Trade Finance through Blockchain Technology

Trade finance, in both domestic and international financial transactions, is often utilized when one company seeks to import a shipment of goods from a supplier (or exporter). These transactions comprise an enormous amount of...more

Importing Products From China: Beware FCC Regulations

by Revision Legal on

There are many startup and already successful e-commerce entrepreneurs who are importing products from China and then make good profits by re-selling them on Amazon and/or on similar online sales platforms....more

Evolution of Customs Audits and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism: ISA Members Beware!

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Since the advent of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE’s), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has moved its audit function to the Centers and is focusing on single issue audits rather than the focused...more

CIT Finds Shoe Importer Was “Grossly Negligent” In Classifying Products

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent decision, the Court of International Trade entered a $1.6 million award against shoe importer, Sterling Footwear, Inc. (“Sterling”), for what it found to be grossly negligent product misclassification. Granting the...more

Importers Beware: U.S. Customs Targets Imports Made in China by North Korean Workers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The AP recently reported that North Koreans are working in China as forced labor and their products are being imported into the U.S. The AP followed the production of seafood from Chinese facilities to U.S. retailers, but...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Evaluation of Importers' and Manufacturers'...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued an August 22nd Project Notification titled: Evaluation of Importers’ and Manufacturers’ Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substance Control...more

New EU regulation on conflict minerals

by DLA Piper on

New EU regulation on conflict minerals Corporate social responsibility is an important matter in relation to mining and mineral trading. The EU has adopted a new regulation to enhance social responsible mining and trading...more

Post-9/11 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Safety and Security

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Post 9/11 U.S. Customs initiated numerous anti-terrorism measures in response to the new need to secure imported cargo and the ports. In fact, the agency’s name changed from the U.S. Customs Service under the Treasury...more

The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation – Frequently Asked Questions and Take-Aways for Downstream Companies (or Why Should I Care...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In late May, the European Union published the final text of its recently adopted conflict minerals regulation (the “Regulation”), which was more than seven years in the making. On almost a daily basis, we are asked by clients...more

The TSCA Inventory Reset Begins

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Virtually all manufacturers and importers of chemicals for the past 11 years are now subject to a new TSCA reporting requirement known informally as the TSCA Inventory Reset. Reports are due by February 7, 2018. All...more

FDA Clarifies Relationship Between Juice HACCP and the Preventive Controls Rules, Announces FSMA Enforcement Delays

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

August has been an active month for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency released guidance affecting juice processors and importers, announced enforcement delays for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...more

Florida Alcoholic Beverages Trade Practices Guide

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Florida Alcoholic Beverages Trade Practices Guide is a reference tool that addresses Florida Statute §561.42, referred to as the Tied House Evil law. The statute provides prohibitions and limitations related to the...more

Numerous Changes Are Coming Soon to the Federal Communications Commission’s Equipment Authorization and Importation Rules

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In a long-awaited decision, the FCC, at its July 13, 2017, Open Meeting acted to update its equipment authorization procedures and rules in a number of significant ways that manufacturers, importers, retailers, and others in...more

Conflict Minerals – The European Drive for Greater Supply-Chain Transparency Continues

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The EU has finally adopted new transparency rules regarding so-called conflicts minerals being imported into the EU. This follows a series of policy initiatives from the European Commission to drive for greater transparency...more

Brazil Inches Forward On Industrial Chemicals Regulation Implementation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Acta Group (Acta®) has been closely tracking the development of Brazil’s Industrial Chemicals Regulation (Regulação de Substâncias Químicas Industriais, or Regulação), which still only exists in draft form. As discussed...more

InterConnect - Spring 2017

by Benesch on

Many, if not most, agreements between sellers of goods and logistics service providers (LSPs) contain a list of metrics that are used to evaluate various aspects of supply chain or provider performance. In theory, these...more

FSVP compliance dates arrive, challenges to food industry increase

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On May 30, 2017, the FDA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals went into effect, placing new compliance requirements on food importers. As readers will recall, in 2011,...more

The New Conflict Mineral Regulation Will Apply from January 2021

by K&L Gates LLP on

The new EU rules on conflict minerals impose strict due diligence requirements on EU importers of gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum. On 19 May 2017 Regulation 2017/821, which sets out supply chain due diligence obligations for...more

India Extends Service Tax On Freight

by Reed Smith on

Indian authorities have recently extended the service tax on ocean freight, payable under the Finance Act 1994 (“Service Tax”), to cargoes imported on a CIF basis. The amendments to the Act in this regard came into effect...more

Retailers and Other Food Importers Must Ensure Food They Import Meets U.S. Safety Standards

by Bryan Cave on

Requirements take effect today under the FDA’s new Food Safety Verification Program (FSVP), which makes retailers and other businesses that import food into the United States responsible for verifying that the food has been...more

What Exporters Need to Know For the Next 100 Days– (Sorry It Is Longer Than Usual but It Is a Quick Read)

by Baker Donelson on

We are 100 days into the Trump Administration and the question is not what did President Trump promise and what did he do, the question is how should business prepare for the future? Let’s begin with a “State of the...more

The Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: A Recipe for Costlier Craft Beer?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Beer Institute, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents brewers both big and small, as well as importers and suppliers to the beer industry, has recently published what it calls “The Brewer’s...more

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What are the Key Take Away Points?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation (the Regulation) was approved by the European Council on 3 April 2017. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next step in the process and this could...more

What’s That Smell? An Examination of Legal Developments Related to Formaldehyde Products

Is that formaldehyde you smell in your newly floored sunroom? Hopefully, it is not. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical used in construction and household products, such as cabinets, furniture,...more

A Roundup of Some of the Latest FDA News . . . . From DUNS Numbers to Cosmetics

It is no secret that since the Trump Administration took over in late January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) has been quieter than usual with regard to guidance documents and Federal Register Notices most...more

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