Category: Best Practices

I’m something of a “news junkie.” If you’re like me, then you are constantly hearing about certain countries that can’t seem to keep themselves out of the news. You may even occasionally hear the name of a country that your company either does business with, or is contemplating as a customer. There are many ways…

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once famously said: “The only thing that is constant is change.” In the world of trade compliance, country sanctions and restricted parties lists are no exception to this rule. Time and time again, I see people with printed lists of countries posted near their computers, to remind them of where they…

HTS Chapter 98 And Your Business Savings and more savings on duties and fees are available for exporters who import their U.S. goods back into the United States. These savings are not BOGO (buy one, get one). Rather, they are for all U.S. goods returned (and some Non-U.S. goods). Have you ever reviewed Chapter 98…

“Did you hear? The Cuban sanctions have been lifted! I can’t wait to go on a vacation and bring back some cigars.” Whoa! Not so fast there, buddy. With the recent announcements from the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concerning the amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to…

With the ringing in of 2015, I’m sure many of you have made some resolutions. For those of us in the trade compliance field, updating our classification matrices is certainly one of them. While we were busy ushering in the New Year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Census were…

Starting December 8th, look for a new statement to be included on all export licenses from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). As part of BIS’s ongoing effort to improve the consistency of conditions on licenses, exporters will begin seeing a new notice informing them of the scope of the license authorization on…

In my last blog article, we examined the Specially Designed Decision Tool. Today, we will explore the new “Catch and Release” concept when determining if a product meets the definition of “Specially Designed.” First, here is the definition in the current ITAR. [My Notes will be in brackets, boldface, and Italics. All underlines are my…

This is the first in a series of articles called Tools of the Trade, where we will highlight some of the most useful tools and resources for export compliance professionals. Keep checking back for future installments! Classification of items (products, software, technology, etc.) is at the heart of any compliance program. Never has this been…

For all of you diligently screening your transactions against the many restricted parties lists published by the U.S. government, you are most likely aware that some items can actually be sent to some entities on the lists. The Unverified List, published by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), was previously a…

As of January 1, 2014, all users of DDTC’s DTrade system are required to have the updated version of their digital certificate, which we originally reported on this blog in September. If you still have not upgraded to the SHA-256 certificate, it’s important to do so immediately to avoid delays in your export license processing….