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incoterms 2020

Incoterms 2020 – What to Expect

Incoterms are rules issued by the International Chamber of Commerce that facilitate global trade and are updated every ten years or so in an effort to keep up with the changes that take place in international trade. The current version is Incoterms 2010, but a new version, Incoterms 2020, is expected to be released in the last quarter of 2019 and will take effect on January 1, 2020.

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china immex

China Plus One and the IMMEX

Having heard the proverbial expression of “Not putting all of one’s eggs in one basket” since I was about 7 years old, I can’t imagine laying out a marketing strategy and business expansion plan in this day and age without looking at all options, especially for the manufacturing location.

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chinese retaliatory tariffs

Chinese Retaliatory Tariffs and List 4

In light of President Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on the $200 billion list of Chinese imports, China has decided to raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods. These retaliatory tariffs affect approximately 5,000 products and the total duty ranges from 20-25% depending on the commodity.

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usmca update

USMCA Update – Just when we thought we had a deal…

Many are wondering whether the updated NAFTA is going to make it. By make it, of course, we mean ratification of the agreement so that it may replace NAFTA. More and more, it seems that the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” is a misnomer because the only agreement we are seeing is that there are still kinks to work out.

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huawei

Which Way with Huawei?

The Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce announced that it was adding Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. to the Entity List on May 16, 2019. Not just this Huawei company in China, but also 68 non-US affiliates of Huawei located in 26 countries.

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special 301 duties aircraft

Special 301 Duties on Aircraft – Are They Just Winging It?

In a Federal Register Notice dated April 12, 2019, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced the initiation of an investigation into European Union (EU) subsidies of large aircraft. The notice also contained a list of European origin aircraft and other products targeted for potential additional duties.

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false claims act

Department of Justice Issues: Guidance on False Claims Act

On May 6, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance explaining how the DOJ awards credit to defendants who cooperate during a False Claims Act investigation. The policy states that the DOJ will consider (1) voluntary disclosure of wrongdoing, (2) cooperation in an ongoing investigation, and (3) taking remedial measures in response to the violation.

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a.i. and classification

A.I. and Classification: Could the Robots Do a Better Job?

Are the robots taking over? Last week, I stopped by McDonalds, placed my order on a computer, pulled out my phone and used an app to make a doctor’s appointment, and then later deposited a check through a different app on my phone. All of these jobs that used to be performed by humans are now being taken over by technology.

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cit jury trial

CIT‘s First Jury Trial in 20 Years

The Court of International Trade (CIT) is slated for its first jury trial in 20 years. The case? U.S. v. Univar USA Inc. What’s so special about it? On March 26, 2019, Judge Barnett of the Court of International Trade ruled that a jury can, indeed, rule on the ultimate question of 19 U.S.C. § 1592 (Penalties for Fraud, Gross Negligence or Negligence) liability, but the jury cannot rule on the amount of civil penalties stemming from § 1592 liability.

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section 301 importing

Section 301 Considerations When Importing from a NAFTA Country

With the advent of the Section 301 tariffs, an issue that has been raised frequently is how to accurately determine the country of origin for Section 301 tariff purposes for goods imported from a NAFTA country. The NAFTA sets forth rules for determining the “country of origin” of products traded within the NAFTA territory under 19 CFR Section 102.

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russian sanctions

Imposition of Russian Sanctions

One of the more interesting developments in the trade world is the recent addition of Russian businesses and individuals to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List) by the U.S., Canada, and EU. On March 15th, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) added six individuals…

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Amazon, A-Z Direct from China

When you look at the breakdown in manufacturing and retail, and what percent of that comes into the U.S. from China, it’s a no-brainer to someone like Jeff Bezos to want to “own” the entire logistics operation of getting product direct from China into an Amazon warehouse, and to your doorstep.

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tariff hearings

301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Effective Testimony

In August of 2018, I published an article entitled “301 Tariff Hearings and the Value of Testifying” [see link to previously published article on BLG Newsletter]. This article was based upon my experiences as Of Counsel to Braumiller Law Group, PLLC (“Braumiller”) in working closely with their attorneys to organize, format, draft, and testify…

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mexico

UK POST BREXIT TRADE STRATEGY: MEXICO

By Joaquin-Pampin-Galan and Brenda Cordova

Five years ago, the United Kingdom (“UK”) decided in a referendum to leave the European Union (“EU”). Negotiations began for the UK to leave the bloc in an environment surrendered by uncertainty for some and optimism for others.

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itar

The ITAR Australia and UK Exemptions – Better Read the Regulations Carefully

By: Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel to Braumiller Law Group and George Alfonso, Of Counsel to Braumiller Law Group and President of Reigncore Lobbying

On behalf of our example, we’d like to introduce you to “Joe Compliance.” Imagine Joe Compliance is going through the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and notices license exemptions for Australia and the UK in Part 126.16 126.17.

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