Category: Best Practices

In the ever-changing world of compliance, it is important to keep in step with new and changing requirements. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently rolled out some important changes to Country Groups. For those not familiar with what a Country Group is, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) has divided countries into 4 main…

Santa Claus may have already done his job for 2020, but the U.S. Government continues to make their lists and check them twice.  For those of us in the trade compliance community, it has been difficult to keep up with all the various additions to the Restricted Parties Lists.  The most recent actions have been…

We have been asked quite a bit recently as to the latest controls, restrictions and activities specific to exporting to China. Where to begin? There have been many changes over the last few months. The below are short summaries of the major areas of new export controls concerning exports to China. Restrictions Involving Publicly Traded…

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a former Raytheon engineer was sentenced to 38 months in prison for violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).  According to the press release, Wei Sun, 49, pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the AECA.  He was sentenced by District Court Judge Rosemary…

The Department of Commerce added another round of entities to the Entity List that is maintained by Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”). The September 22, 2020 final rule published in the Federal Register release noted here, Federal Register Notice 2020-18909, documented the addition of forty-seven (47) new entities spanning multiple countries; specifically Canada, China,…

Why are Customs Regulations Important? US Customs at its core is the top law enforcement agency for America. It was established to help control the flow of goods and people in and out of the country. One of their main obligations is to collect duties and taxes on the merchandise that is imported. They also…

What Does OFAC Compliance Mean For Your Business? We frequently talk about BIS and DDTC when it comes to export compliance, but less often, do we discuss the importance of OFAC compliance. When it comes to OFAC compliance, there are three mistakes we often see companies make: Failing to Understand How Far-Reaching the OFAC Sanctions…

Are you Conducting Business with the Department of Defense? If your answer is “yes,” you’ll soon need to comply with the new standards based on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  Moi?  Yes, you.  Don’t panic, there’s plenty of time to get certified, but you really need to get rolling now. Between June and September of…

What Is An Exporter of Record & What Do They Do? International trade compliance has several moving parts that need to work together to ensure your business runs efficiently to avoid hefty penalties throughout the process. An Exporter of Record (EOR) is an integral part of your company’s trade compliance plan because they ensure that…

Updated 1/23/2020 Is Your Company’s Understanding Of ITAR Procedures Flawed? Earlier this month, I was reading some articles online and found the following statement about a company and its ITAR requirements (bold emphasis mine): Export-controlled technical data has a unique set of rules designed to ensure that it is not inadvertently released or “exported” to…