Category: Other Import/Export

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 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule? If...

“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...

Roses are red, violets are blue, Have you read BIS’ “Don’t Let This Happen to You?” Violations, penalties, debarments and more Somebody out there has to keep score. From a CEO attempting exports to Iran, To encrypted technologies released in Sudan. Every case brings a fine or some time spent in jail Every company must...

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...

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...

The Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau has announced an upcoming series of free webinars designed to provide exporters with helpful information about recent changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Many of you may have heard about some of these changes, including revised definitions and clarified (or revised) reporting requirements under the...

This is part of a series of blog articles titled The Automation Dilemma, which highlights some of the common “do’s and don’ts” when automating your company’s export compliance process. Be sure to read Article #1, Article #2, and Article #3 for all the posts in this series. Continuing with The Automation Dilemma series, I thought...

Every year the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Census update the codes used for import/export clearances. U.S. Customs will add or delete Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes based on items that need to be tracked due to protection of various industries (e.g., farming) and antidumping cases. Census will use...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a final rule which will effectively lower the cost for businesses to clear low-dollar shipments. This rule, which was originally proposed in October 2011, became final on December 6, 2012. Under the new rule, CBP has increased the limit amount for an informal entry from $2,000 to...

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division has a new training video which is designed to help you find the correct Schedule B export codes for your products. This brief tutorial, called “Classifying Your Commodity” covers some of the basics that every trade compliance specialist should know. (For example: “What is a Harmonized Code?” and...