Category: AES

In addition to federal workers impacted by the current government shutdown, companies who rely on the federal government to support their import/export compliance are also feeling the impact. We thought it might be helpful to provide the status of the various government agencies involved with assisting importers and exporters during this shutdown. Please Note: This...

Just like cooler temperatures and falling leaves are the harbingers of autumn, so too are the notifications that will soon be arriving from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that your company has been selected for a Focused Assessment. What can you do to prepare for one of these assessments? How can you ensure that...

We get a lot of questions about exporting titanium products and other metals from the United States to a foreign country. It’s no simple process, and it’s easy to slip into a violation of U.S. export control regulations. Recently, I sat down with one of our clients – Performance Titanium Group (PTG) – to discuss...

Access USA Shipping, LLC, of Sarasota, Florida, recently entered into a $27 million agreement with BIS to settle allegations that it violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The company, which does business under the name MyUS, provides package forwarding and consolidation services for foreign buyers. Regular readers of this blog will know this is not...

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently issued administrative settlement documents against a company called Fulfill Your Packages ("FYP"). Under the settlement agreement, FYP agreed to pay a $250,000 fine, of which $190,000 was suspended on the condition that the company has no export violations over the next two years. According to the...

A Florida woman, Amin Yu (a/k/a Yu Amin, a/k/a Amy Yu) was charged in a superseding indictment with conspiring to illegally export U.S. technology to a Chinese state-owned entity. This technology is used in underwater drones. Among other charges in the indictment (including illegal exports, money laundering, and acting as an agent for a foreign...

Let’s assume that you’re traveling internationally with your ITAR-controlled product and you have a valid DSP-73 license in place. (If I’ve already lost you with that sentence, then please skip the rest of this article and schedule a no-charge consultation with us today.) Rather than shipping the item to your destination, it makes more sense...

The 2016 editions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and the Schedule B have now been issued and the Automated Export System (AES) has been updated with the new codes. While the changes are relatively few, some exporters and importers may find that their classifications are now invalid. Don’t fret, though. You have a 30-day...

Looking for someone to conduct a gap analysis of your trade compliance activities? Consultants come in all shapes and sizes, with various backgrounds, skills and expertise. But not all consultants (or their assessments) are created equal! Before you give that consultant a green light, make sure you have a thorough understanding of what they'll be...

Despite the glib title of this blog article, we have been noticing a trend in companies using Freight Forwarders directed by their foreign customers. The goal, in many cases, seems to be for the seller to avoid being the “Exporter of Record.” Although Freight Forwarders are authorized agents for exporting U.S. shipments to foreign destinations...