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Don’t Miss the Upcoming Webinar on October 25th – “Update on All US Trade Remedies”

by Melissa Proctor • October 15, 2019

Please join international trade attorney, Melissa Proctor, on October 24th at 1pm EDT, who will present a webinar on behalf of the Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI) entitled “Update on All U.S. Trade Remedies.” Increased U.S. tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel, washers and solar panels, and of course Chinese goods valued in the […]


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Are You Ready for Incoterms 2020?

by Melissa Proctor • October 8, 2019

The International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) periodically publishes trade terms for domestic and international use in business contracts for the sale and purchase of goods.  They are updated approximately every 10 years. The last revision was issued in 2010, and a new set of rules will become effective January 1, 2020.  Incoterms 2020 was updated […]


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Federal Maritime Commission’s Proposed Rules and Direct Final Rule Will Have Significant Impact on Carriers and Forwarders

by Melissa Proctor • October 1, 2019

At its meeting on September 26, 2019, the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) issued two proposed rules and a Request for Comments on a Direct Final Rule that may significantly affect ocean transportation intermediaries (“OTIs”), such as vessel operating common carriers (“VOCCs”), non-vessel operating common carriers (“NVOCCs”), and ocean freight forwarders (“OFFs”). These actions will revise […]


U.S. and Japan Announce Early Trade Agreement Commitments

U.S. and Japan Announce Early Trade Agreement Commitments

by Melissa Proctor • September 26, 2019

On September 25th, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced that the United States and Japan have, as a result of early negotiations of a free trade agreement, reached consensus in the areas of market access for certain agriculture and industrial goods, as well as on digital trade. Specifically— Japan has agreed to […]


Treasury Department Publishes Proposed CFIUS Regulations to Implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA)

Treasury Department Publishes Proposed CFIUS Regulations to Implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA)

by Melissa Proctor • September 19, 2019

On September 19, 2019, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations to implement the bipartisan Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), as well as a Fact Sheet and list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). FIRRMA was signed into law on August 13, 2018, and expanded the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment […]


Petition Requests FTC to Issue Made in the USA Regulations and Impose Civil Penalties on 1st-Time Violators

Petition Requests FTC to Issue Made in the USA Regulations and Impose Civil Penalties on 1st-Time Violators

by Melissa Proctor • September 18, 2019

Truth In Advertising, Inc. (truthinadvertising.org) (hereinafter “TruthinAdvertising” or “the Petitioner”) submitted a petition to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on August 22, 2019, requesting that the agency issue regulations that would allow for the imposition of civil penalties on first-time violators of the “Made in the USA” rules. According to the petition, the FTC may […]


CBP Proposes to Begin Disclosing Details of Imported Counterfeit Merchandise that Has Been Voluntarily Abandoned to Registered Trademark Owners

CBP Proposes to Begin Disclosing Details of Imported Counterfeit Merchandise that Has Been Voluntarily Abandoned to Registered Trademark Owners

by Melissa Proctor • August 30, 2019

On August 27th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register to amend Sections 127 and 133 of the Customs Regulations to permit the notify trademark owners, whose trademarks have been registered with the Patent and Trademark Office and recorded with CBP, when imported, counterfeit merchandise has […]


10% Tariffs on Chinese List 4 Goods Will Take Effect on September 1st

10% Tariffs on Chinese List 4 Goods Will Take Effect on September 1st with Delayed Implementation for Certain Electronics, Apparel and Footwear

by Melissa Proctor • August 13, 2019

On August 13th, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the imposition of an additional 10% tariff on certain Chinese-origin exports to the United States valued at roughly $300 billion (the “List 4 Goods”) as part of the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China. Previously, on May 17th, USTR published a proposed […]


Companies May Begin Submitting Their Product Exclusion Requests for List 3 Goods on June 30th

Companies May Begin Submitting Their Product Exclusion Requests for List 3 Goods on June 30th

by Melissa Proctor • June 24, 2019

Today, the USTR published a Notice in the Federal Register outlining the deadlines and procedures for requesting exclusions for specific products from the tariffs imposed upon certain Chinese-origin products imported into the United States (i.e., the List 3 goods) under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.  See 84 Fed. Reg. 29576 (June 24, […]


BIS Adds Huawei and Its Non-U.S. Affiliates to the Entity List, Provides Relief in the Form of a Temporary General License

by Melissa Proctor • May 23, 2019

If you are a U.S. or non-U.S. supplier of hardware, software or technologies that are subject to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations beware: On May 16th, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”) and 68 of its non-U.S. affiliates, to the Entity List. Shortly thereafter, on May […]