Category: Best Practices

This past December, at the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, Treasury’s Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker spoke to his audience on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) Compliance Commitments. While acknowledging that because U.S. economic sanctions can apply to all types of industries and businesses and there may not be a...

Like many trade compliance professionals, I go out and peruse various trade compliance newsletters, the U.S. government agencies websites, and other media to keep up-to-date on compliance issues.  Recently, my attention was caught by a case involving Darling Industries of Tucson, Arizona. A closer look at Empowered Officials On February 28, 2019, the Directorate of...

If you’ve spent any time in trade compliance, you’ve probably come across the term “reasonable care.”  But what, exactly, does that mean?  The ambiguous nature of this phrase has caused many different interpretations over the years.  Let’s review some practical ways to apply this principle to your global trade compliance program. The idea of “reasonable...

Last week, FLIR Systems, Inc. entered into a Consent Agreement with Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) to settle allegations of violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). There were 347 alleged violations cited in the Proposed Charging Letter. These violations included 219 counts of unauthorized exports to Foreign-Person employees;...

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...

Have you ever struggled to determine the responsibilities and parties in a routed export transaction? If so, you’re not alone! Routed transactions make even the most experienced exporters pause. They have been described as dreaded, confusing, mysterious and complicated! In an effort to give the trade community the chance to comment and provide feedback on...

Have you ever travelled to a foreign country with your laptop or other electronic device? Are you planning to? These days, answers to these questions will almost unanimously be “yes.” But did you know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the right to search – and if necessary, detain – your electronic device...

Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporations, (“ZTE”), and its subsidiaries and affiliates entered into a settlement with three U.S. government agencies covering civil and criminal charges filed against the company. The proposed $1.9 billion settlement closes a five-year investigation into ZTE’s exporting and reexporting activities, whereby roughly $40 million of U.S.-origin goods passed through China to companies...

During the dark days of winter (January to be exact), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), published a new regulatory requirement dealing with items controlled under multilateral regimes. This new rule, effective in April, requires exporters and reexporters to obtain a Hong Kong import license or written statement from the...

In July 2016, the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced that it had re-initiated its Company Visit Program for companies engaged in ITAR-controlled work. The stated objectives of this program are: Advance DDTC’s understanding of how different companies establish and maintain an overall defense trade control program to fit the...