10 02, 2020

Executive Order Places Reporting Burden on Express Couriers and Customs Brokers to Report Importers

2020-02-27T17:04:26-06:00February 10, 2020|Uncategorized|

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founder & Partner, Braumiller Law Group On Friday, January 31, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order reiterating the policy of the United States regarding persons who facilitate imports of merchandise in direct violation of Federal laws and calling for the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue a notice of proposed rule-making to establish criteria an importer

7 02, 2020

Supply Chain – Speed Kills: What is driving this, and where is the speed coming from?

2020-02-27T16:43:41-06:00February 7, 2020|Article Library, News & Publications|

By: Ron Spencer, Trade Consultant and former COO of several major brands Consumers are driving the marketplace, and they have high expectations. “When can I get it?” Consumers have an insatiable appetite for speed. Just a few years ago, Dell made the news that you could get a customized laptop in just a few weeks. Now, Amazon sets the pace

7 02, 2020

REIGNCORE: The USMCA has been Ratified!

2020-03-03T16:50:46-06:00February 7, 2020|Announcements and Press, Firm News|

One of the many improvements from NAFTA in the newly-ratified United States Mexico Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), is the added ability of your business to directly engage in an ongoing dialogue with a permanently established USMCA committee, whose express purpose is to work with businesses in order to clarify terms of control of the USMCA as well as improve the

7 02, 2020

Airbus SE Export Settlement Agreement: What can be learned from their mistakes?

2020-02-24T23:55:07-06:00February 7, 2020|Article Library|

By: Christos Linardakis, Contributing Author I’m sure by now, you’ve read, or at least heard of, the Airbus SE multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S., French and UK authorities, for FCPA and Export violations—the largest penalty that I can recall in my 30+ years in international trade! Although, I’ve had extensive experience in anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) matters, this article will

7 02, 2020

Updates with Chinese Trade War

2020-02-25T00:00:08-06:00February 7, 2020|China, Section 301|

By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group President Trump signed the Phase 1 Agreement with China on January 15, 2020. As part of the agreement, China has pledged to purchase $200 billion worth of goods and services over the next two years - this would be a 50% increase from the current levels. The $200 billion worth of goods

7 02, 2020

Ambitious Free Trade in 2020 and the African Continent

2020-02-25T00:03:08-06:00February 7, 2020|International Trade|

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 54 of the 55 African Union nations. The free-trade area is the largest in the world in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization. Nigeria and Benin were

7 02, 2020

Classification: A Necessary Evil or Helpful Tool?

2020-02-25T00:05:42-06:00February 7, 2020|Classification|

By: Bonnie M. Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group Determining the correct classification of goods is arguably paramount to any good trade compliance program.  However, many companies misclassify their goods at an astonishing rate.  While this may be good for business for trade compliance consultants like myself, it isn’t good when it comes time for our client’s Customs audits. 

7 02, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Announces Actions to Combat E-Commerce Counterfeiting

2020-02-25T00:09:20-06:00February 7, 2020|Compliance|

By: Paul Fudacz, Partner, Braumiller Law Group U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data shows that between the years 2000 and 2018, seizures of counterfeit goods at U.S. borders have increased 10-fold, from 3,244 seizures per year to 33,810.  In response to this surge, in April of last year, the Trump Administration published its Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit

7 02, 2020

Updated VSD Policies: How Could this Affect you?

2020-02-20T16:16:09-06:00February 7, 2020|Compliance|

By: Jennifer Horvath, Partner, Braumiller Law Group While the United States Trade Representative is currently inundated with Section 301 exclusion requests, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division’s (NSD) recent update could be encouraging an influx of voluntary self-disclosures (VSDs) to the U.S. export agencies and the DOJ in the near future. NSD has recently released a revised policy

7 02, 2020

Japan-US Free Trade Agreement – Not All it Appears to Be

2020-02-20T16:16:09-06:00February 7, 2020|International Trade|

By: Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group On Jan. 1, 2020 the Japan-United States Free Trade Agreement went into effect.  The agreement provides duty-free, or reduced duty treatment, for certain Japanese imports into the U.S. and certain U.S. exports to Japan.  The implementation details were printed in the Federal Register on Dec. 30, 2019 (84 FR 72187).  The implementation

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