Category: Best Practices

Appropriate to the Season and to something that should stay with us all throughout the year... On the first day of Christmas my company gave to me- A Management Compliance Policy which establishes my management’s and my company’s commitment to export compliance; On the second day of Christmas my company gave to me- An Export...

They say that change is inevitable and that the only thing constant is change. Most of us do not like change. We like our world to be the way that we are used to and comfortable in, but change is inevitable. The better you are prepared for change, the easier it is to accept and...

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has entered into a Consent Agreement with L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (“L3Harris”) for violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  In its Proposed Charging Letter, DDTC alleged a total of one hundred thirty-one (131) violations.  The violations fall into the following categories: Unauthorized Exports of Technical Data...

We all get stuck in our ways sometimes. Some of us have had the same hair since 1980, others of us can’t let go of that old sweatshirt from high school. Some have trouble embracing the latest fashion trends. Those things can all be overlooked, but your Compliance Manual should always embrace the latest regulations....

In a previous blog, we discussed the concept of “reasonable care” as it applies to your trade compliance program.  The focus was how export and import programs dovetail with many other areas of compliance, such as policies and procedures, valuation, Free Trade Agreements, and more.  Today, I’d like to switch gears and talk about how...

Within a few short weeks, the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) will release the much-anticipated INCOTERMS 2020 and, as it did in 2010, the publication of the ICC decisions will change the landscape of international trade.  As you may remember, the INCOTERMS were reduced from thirteen (13) to eleven (11) with the 2010 revisions. While...

Capital One is famous for its slogan, “What’s in your wallet?”  But in the world of trade compliance officers, the pertinent question might be, “What’s in your compliance plan?” Earlier this year, OFAC published “A Framework for Compliance Commitments.”  This framework provides direction and insight into what the agency believes are essential elements of a...

According to Treasury Department statistics, during the first six months of 2019, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued nearly $1.3 billion in penalties. That represents 18 settled cases and is an amount which is 17 times greater than all of 2018 (when there were seven settled cases.) The totals for OFAC penalties...

On June 20, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that Walmart and its wholly owned Brazilian subsidiary plead guilty and agreed to pay a combined criminal penalty of $137 million to resolve allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The fines include $728,898 in criminal penalties, $3,694,490 in criminal forfeiture, plus a...

So, you think your computer is fast?  The U.S., China, the European Union and Japan are in a race to build exaflop-capable supercomputers.  These machines would be capable of processing 1 quintillion - or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 - calculations per second.  In the latest action to help the United States in this race, on June 24, 2019,...