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Importers Beware: 10 Things You Must Know About the Emergence of High-Stakes Customs Audits

U.S. importers are seeing an increase in enforcement activity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here are the ten things you must know about this trend....more

Natural Gas Importer Sues U.S. Customs for Rejecting NAFTA Claims

by Perkins Coie on

An importer of natural gas from Canada filed suit on February 23, 2018, alleging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unlawfully denied preferential treatment for its imports under the North American Free Trade...more

EU: “Hard” Brexit Would Come with Border Friction and Costs

The European Union has published a technical note warning of dire consequences for businesses if the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place. The European Commission has warned companies across Europe to prepare for...more

Food for Thought: FDA’s New Foreign Supplier Verification Program

by White and Williams LLP on

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, has been hailed as a historic first overhaul of our nation’s food safety system in more than 70 years. The sweeping changes follow decades of food...more

CBSA Announces 2018 Trade Verification Priorities

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In a New Year's tradition, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has published its trade verification (audit) priorities for 2018. The audits cover three programs that affect the amount of duties and Goods and Services...more

Federal Regulatory Applications as to Supply Chain Management

Will the current U.S. government import/export regulations or their possible changes impact your 2018 business operations? Does any portion of the supply chain that supports your acquisitions of commercial or operational...more

New Customs Rules for a Post-Brexit United Kingdom

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

March 2019 is coming and importers and exporters need to be prepared for what lies ahead. The UK is leaving not only the EU but its Customs Union. No longer will imports into a distribution center in the EU cover sales in...more

Forced Labor and North Korean Workers: New Concerns for Importers

In Washington, D.C., the news this week focused on President Trump’s decision to designate (or redesignate) North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. For companies importing goods into the United States, developments this...more

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

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