President Appoints New Head of the Bureau of Industry and Security

by: Staff Writer

On March 30, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Mira Radielovic Ricardel to the position of Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.

New Requirements for Export to Hong Kong

by: Derrick Kyle, Associate

On January 19, 2017, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule regarding new support documentation requirements with respect to exports to Hong Kong.

Trump Administration Begins Crackdown on Trade Abuses

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member and Derrick Kyle, Associate

With the signing of two new executive orders, President Trump is taking the first steps in fulfilling two of his favorite campaign promises, both relating to trade: (1) no longer tolerating trade abuse that damages the American economy and (2) decreasing the national trade deficit. 

CFIUS, Foreign Investment and Trade Relations in the New Administration

by: Andrea Fraser-Reid, Senior Counsel

The recent presidential campaign was notable for the debate concerning whether interaction with foreign entities benefitted the U.S. While trade deficits and offshoring of U.S. jobs grabbed headlines, there has been growing attention to the acquisition of U.S. companies by foreign entities. 

From A to ZTE: A Review of Lessons Learned from the ZTE Case

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) together levied the largest ever export and sanctions related penalty against Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”). ZTE agreed to the combined $1.19 billion fine to settle a number of alleged violations of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran. 

Key Differences Remain in the Export Regulation Regimes, Spurring Cybersecurity Reviews

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member and Derrick Kyle, Associate

Over the past decade, the availability of cloud computing services has grown exponentially to the point where cloud access is now viewed almost as a public utility. Cloud Service Providers (“CSPs”) may operate internationally, and CSP servers are often located in countries other than that of the user, leading to export control concerns. 

Import Violations: What You Need to Know about 19 USC 1592

by: Luis Torres, Law Clerk

This article provides an overview of Customs’ statutory penalties for import violations.

Freight Forwarding as Brokering Activity

by: Derrick Kyle, Associate

This article briefly discusses the types of activities that trigger the brokering registration requirement under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations for freight forwarders. 

Are My Products Subject to Anti-Dumping/Countervailing Duties?

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member

Many importers will discover at some point that products they import may be subject to anti-dumping duties (“ADD”) or countervailing duties (“CVD”). With the new Trump administration appearing to take a very aggressive tone toward unfair trade practices by foreign competitors, particularly China, there may soon be an increase in ADD/CVD orders and enforcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“Customs” or “CBP”). This article seeks to explain the options an importer has if it discovers that any of its products are potentially subject to ADD/CVD.

Outlook for Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Under the Trump Administration

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member and Matt Fogarty, Of Counsel

The first weeks of the Trump Administration have been eventful, but there has been little action in the area of export controls and economic sanctions. In this regard, there's no clear consensus just yet as to whether and how significantly President Trump plans to deviate from the course set over the last eight years of the Obama Administration.

Could Mexico Beat the U.S. to NAFTA Withdrawal?

by: Olga Torres and Derrick Kyle

This article discusses the potential implications of NAFTA's renegotiation or withdrawal.

2016 Exports Year-End Review

by: Olga Torres and Derrick Kyle

Export Compliance Programs

by: Olga Torres and Luis Torres

Customs Audits 101

by: Olga Torres

The Customs Reauthorization Bill: The Most Immediate and Practical Impacts

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member and Sandy Aziz, Attorney

Trade Through a Single Window

by: Luis Torres, Law Clerk

A Step-By-Step Overview of Commodity Jurisdiction

by: Olga Torres, Managing Member and Matt Fogarty, Attorney