By Tom Reynolds, Export Solutions
The Export Solutions blog looks back at the top 10 most-viewed blog posts of 2019.

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As we say goodbye to 2019, let’s take a look at our top 10 most popular blog posts from the past year …

Ready or not – increased tariffs on Chinese goods are hereThis year, the trade community reeled after several rounds of tariffs (and retaliatory tariffs) between the U.S. and its trading partners.  This series of blog updates helped our readers stay informed on all the changes.

Will firearms (finally) change under Export Control Reform?  — Our readers wanted to know about the long-anticipated (and highly controversial) changes planned for USML Categories I, II and III.

Is your Empowered Official, empowered?  The case of Darling Industries.Apparently, this blog served as a good wake-up call and reminder for anyone who carries the title of “Empowered Official.”

INCOTERMS, they are a-changing! — We gave our readers a “heads-up” on some important changes anticipated for INCOTERMS 2020.

OFAC penalties hit record highThe Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) captured everyone’s attention by issuing nearly $1.3 billion in penalties and assessments – the highest in at least 10 years.

Alexa, are you a U.S. Person?2019 was a year when companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google came under increased scrutiny for privacy concerns.  Here we posed the question about deemed export violations for those lovely little devices in our homes.

Three common pitfalls of HTS classificationWith so much focus on tariffs in 2019, our readers understood the importance of getting their HTS classifications right.

L3Harris penalized $13 million for ITAR violationsReading about someone else’s mistakes can always be enlightening as we strive to improve our compliance.  Here we looked at the L3Harris Consent Agreement with DDTC.

President Trump targets U.S. IT security with executive orderIn addition to tariffs, trade talks and Turkey, the Trump Administration declared a national emergency to help protect U.S. IT infrastructure and security.

ITAR vs. EAR – What’s the difference?Despite all of the new updates in 2019, nearly 10,000 of our readers viewed this post from the year before – where we analyzed some key differences and similarities between these two important regulations.

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Tom Reynolds is the Vice President of Operations for Export Solutions, a consultancy firm which specializes in ITAR and EAR compliance.