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Tag Archives: compliance

Compliance Confusion !!!!

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Legal Developments

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in June 2017 Even in the current environment, there remains massive confusion about what is and is not permitted under U.S. law when it comes to trading with Cuba and Iran.  The President is expected in the next few days to reverse some of the openings created by… Continue Reading

DOJ Defines Compliance

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

In the span of the last 18 months, the topic of corporate compliance programs has gotten considerable attention from the Department of Justice  (“DOJ”) and now finally, DOJ has published significant details about how it is likely to measure the sufficiency of any company’s compliance program. First, some background.  In September 2015, the Yates memo… Continue Reading

Fruit and Vegetable/All Importers Beware

Posted in Agriculture, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, valuation

In July 2016, the Houston Regulatory Audit office sent a letter to a number of large importers cautioning them to be sure their value declarations were correct, underscoring CBP’s position by pointing recipients to a long list of CBP informed compliance publications, and touting the advantages of correcting any errors by way of a prior… Continue Reading

CBP C-TPAT Top Ten Tips for Points of Contact

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Legal Developments

Thanks to one of the CBP Supply Chain Security Specialists for sharing this top ten list for portal points of contract – make sure:  All Point of Contacts in web portal are current.  All your C-TPAT partners SVI numbers are listed in the web portal field.  You have a list of all your non-C-TPAT global… Continue Reading

It’s All About Compliance – Part 2 – Import Classification

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Corporate Counsel, Customs Law, tariff classification

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which come up routinely with import and export transactions.  These articles/tips are published with the intention to provide suggestions to aid international traders in their on-going efforts to get their declarations right the first time, and are based on situations… Continue Reading

It’s All About Compliance – Part 1 – Value

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, valuation

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which arise routinely with import and export transactions.  These tips are published with the intention to aid international traders in their on-going efforts to get their declarations right the first time, and are based on situations we commonly see occurring…. Continue Reading

Top 10 Mistakes Made By Exporters When Completing Antidumping Requests For Information

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

This top 10 mistakes blog article has been created with the assistance of Vincent Gaudreau, a former Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Officer in the Antidumping and Countervailing Directorate. After the CBSA initiates an antidumping investigation, the CBSA issues an exporter request for information (RFI) that must be completed by the exporter of the goods… Continue Reading

Did You Know That Certain Exporters Must Report Exports From Canada?

Posted in Border Security, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

It is true.  There are legal requirements to export certain exports from Canada.  On September 1, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) reissued updated D-Memorandum D-20-1-1 “Exporter Reporting” to remind exporters of the rules. Any exporter, including a non-resident exporter may be required to report the goods being exported.  The exporter is the person… Continue Reading

Costs of Compliance –The Missing Element

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, NAFTA, origin, tariff classification, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government, valuation

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2016 Only three (3) years ago, when Tom Winkowski was Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and John Morton the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), both of them acknowledged publicly how their respective agencies had lost such significant depths of knowledge and… Continue Reading

The Art of Self Defense

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Constitutional Law, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, International Arbitrations, Legal Developments, NAFTA, origin, tariff classification, Tax, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Transportation, valuation, World Trade Organization

Corporate compliance programs come in all shapes and sizes and apply whether your company is privately owned or publicly traded. These internal controls take the form of accounting and audit procedures, import-export/regulatory policies, employment guidelines, ethics/anti-corruption initiatives and so on. The intent of any compliance program is to ensure that employees know what is expected… Continue Reading

Did you know that certain exporters must report exports from Canada?

Posted in Border Security, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

It is true.  There are legal requirements to report certain exports from Canada.  On September 1, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) reissued updated D-Memorandum D-20-1-1 “Exporter Reporting” to remind exporters of the rules. Any exporter, including a non-resident exporter may be required to report the goods being exported.  The exporter is the person… Continue Reading

Top 10 Mistakes Made By Exporters When Completing Antidumping Requests For Information

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

This top 10 mistakes blog article has been created with the assistance of Vincent Gaudreau, a former Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Officer in the Antidumping and Countervailing Directorate. After the CBSA initiates an antidumping investigation, the CBSA issues an exporter request for information (RFI) that must be completed by the exporter of the goods… Continue Reading

Options for an Importer/Exporter/Foreign Producer to Restrict the Product Scope in an Antidumping Case

Posted in Antidumping, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies

In modern antidumping cases, the complainants (with the help of the Canada Border Services Agency in Canada) draft broad product descriptions for the subject goods to be covered should an injury finding result in 5 years of antidumping duties. The broad product descriptions cover goods that the domestic industry actually manufactures and goods that the… Continue Reading

What Should A Lawyer Do To Claim Solicitor-Client Privilege at the Canadian Border?

Posted in Border Security, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Customs Law

At the present time, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) does not have a published or informal policy concerning what a lawyer should do to claim solicitor-client privilege during an examination of documents in a lawyer’s briefcase or electronic documents on a lawyer’s computer or PDA. Based on the Alain Philippon case, currently before the… Continue Reading

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Posted in Border Security, Customs Law

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in June 2015 This oft-stated warning is certainly true for those who engage in international trade. For many years, industry has complained to government about different agencies wanting different information at different times in the release process; some would take the data electronically, while others insisted on hard… Continue Reading

Defaltegate and International Business?

Posted in Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2015 Deflategate and laptop searches – these are not topics which seemingly have much in common. Their relationship to international business appears even more remote, but like so many international business/commercial issues, their outcome turned on the quality of the policies and procedures of the involved… Continue Reading

California Transparency in Supply Chain Act Update

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Customs Law, Legal Developments, Politics

On April 13, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued “A Resource Guide” for companies subject to California’s Transparency in the Supply Chain Act (the “Act”). This resource guide was published in conjunction with the first efforts by the State of California to enforce the Act which took effect in 2010. The recent enforcement effort… Continue Reading

Proper Internal Controls: A Must

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Constitutional Law, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, NAFTA Chapter 11, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Transportation

Originally published in the October 2014 Journal of Commerce on-line When have you done enough? Based on a recent exchange in a LinkedIn discussion group, there is real disagreement. Despite that lack of concurrence, two court cases decided in the last few months again drive home the point that proper internal controls are a must…. Continue Reading

Say What?

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border trade, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Transportation

Originally published in the November 2015 Journal of Commerce on-line Many trade associations are grappling with declining membership likely contributed to by the absence of pressing issues grabbing industry-wide attention, despite export reform and the ACE roll-out. A quite different phenomenon continues to expand – the criminalization of civil violations. Two recent cases are reminders… Continue Reading