Category: Other Import/Export

NOTE: This blog is an update to our previous posts from June 18 and April 9. The United States Trade Representative released a statement yesterday that they had finalized tariffs on a list of an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs are being assessed in response to China’s unfair trade practices, including...

Who are you really interacting with on your social media and professional networking accounts? Is it someone with similar likes and dislikes? A potential business contact? A recruiter offering you a lucrative, new job? Kevin Mallory, a retired CIA officer, saw an opportunity when he was contacted by a headhunter on LinkedIn. The person put...

Late one Friday afternoon while speaking with a client who was about to leave on vacation, I heard the following question: “Do you know what a CF-28 Request for Information means?” Like many small- to medium-sized businesses struggling to understand the finer points of customs compliance, this client ran up against what is likely to be...

Lately, everyone is focused on changes to U.S. export control regulations and related trade initiatives (such as the new tariffs and FIRRMA/CFIUS). Export Control Reform will shortly see the transitions of items from USML Categories I, II and III from the ITAR to the EAR. Likewise, the reforms to CFIUS are simply awaiting the President’s signature, and the...

In recent weeks, we’ve seen significant activity from both the legislative and executive branches that could change the way foreign investment occurs in U.S. companies. These changes could also affect the export control compliance requirements of many companies who are targets of foreign investors. Keep reading for a brief history of CFIUS reviews, and the...

NOTE: This blog is an update to our previous post from April 9: Trump’s Tariff War: What’s going on? On Friday, June 15, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) finalized a first-round of additional tariffs on specific Chinese goods. These new tariffs announced Friday are in addition to the tariffs implemented by the U.S. earlier...

Lately, it’s been hard to keep up with the various actions and proposed actions concerning increased tariffs on steel and aluminum products imported into the United States, as well as the proposed retaliatory tariffs on additional goods traded between the United States and China and the European Union (EU). Below is a general outline of...

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...