Category: Other Import/Export

Ever wonder why your license application is taking so long to be reviewed and approved? Many thoughts go through a Compliance Officer’s mind when the license process is taking longer than expected: “Did I make a mistake on the license application?” “Should I have provided more information?”  “Did I miss something in my due diligence?”...

Effective at 12:01 this morning, the United States has increased the tariffs assessed on $200 Billion worth of Chinese goods. These items were identified last September 2018 and originally were assessed at a 10% rate. However, as of today, importers will now be required to pay 25%.  The products subject to this increase are identified...

Import classifications are the cornerstone of every shipment. Without a correct classification, you cannot determine duties or tariffs. With trade compliance professionals wearing so many hats, classification is often an afterthought – just a number quickly slapped on the paperwork to get it off the dock. The result?  Inconsistent and potentially incorrect classifications. Here are...

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...

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...