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FEMA Implements Temporary Rule Restricting Exports of Certain Personal Protective Equipment Used to Treat the COVID-19 Virus

FEMA Implements Temporary Rule Restricting Exports of Certain Personal Protective Equipment Used to Treat the COVID-19 Virus

by Melissa Proctor • April 15, 2020

On April 10, 2020, FEMA issued a temporary rule that prohibits exports of certain personal protective equipment (“PPE”) used to treat the COVID-19 virus from the United States without prior FEMA approval. The temporary rule took immediate effect and will continue in force until August 10, 2020.  The temporary rule was implemented in accordance with […]


Directorate of Defense Trade Controls Encryption Rule

ITAR Interim Final Rule on Encryption Became Effective on March 25th

by Melissa Proctor • March 27, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the following Directorate of Defense Trade Controls’ (DDTC’s) Interim Final Rule, commonly referred to as the “Encryption Rule” took effect. See 84 Federal Register 70887 (International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Creation of Definition of Activities That Are Not Exports, Reexports, Retransfers, or Temporary Imports; Creation of Definition of Access Information; Revisions […]


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Around the World with Trade Deals – Global Chamber® and the Thunderbird School of Global Management

by Melissa Proctor • March 6, 2020

On March 5, 2020, the Global Chamber® and the Thunderbird School of Global Management hosted the seminar and globinar “Around the World with Trade Deals” at Thunderbird’s headquarters in downtown Phoenix. The event featured an expert panel on free trade agreements including Miller Proctor Law’s Melissa Proctor.  Melissa joined Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive for […]


Lacey Act De Minimis Exemption

New Lacey Act De Minimis Exemption Will Take Effect on April 1st

by Melissa Proctor • March 6, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will begin exempting U.S. importers from the Lacey Act import declaration requirement for products containing de minimis levels of plant material content. The exemption was announced in the Final Rule that was published on March 2, 2020. See 85 Federal Register 12207 […]


CBP Issues the Travel and Trade Report for FY2019 Highlighting Its Current Trade Priorities and Compliance Enforcement Initiatives

CBP Issues the Travel and Trade Report for FY2019 Highlighting Its Current Trade Priorities and Compliance Enforcement Initiatives

by Melissa Proctor • February 5, 2020

On January 30th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the Trade and Travel Report summarizing its current priorities, facilitation and enforcement efforts in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019). CBP fulfills the dual role of trade facilitation and revenue protection, and is the second largest source of revenue for the U.S. federal government. The agency enforces […]


Corporate, Tax, IP and General Practice Attorneys Take Note: What You Don’t Know about International Trade Doesn’t Necessarily Have to Hurt You

Corporate, Tax, IP and General Practice Attorneys Take Note: What You Don’t Know about International Trade Doesn’t Necessarily Have to Hurt You

by Melissa Proctor • February 3, 2020

If your legal practice focuses on corporate law, tax, general business, patents, trademarks and copyrights, then it is very likely that you are currently supporting clients that are— Importing a variety of items for their manufacturing, distribution or retail operations; Dealing with overseas agents and manufacturers; Engaging distributors to market their products outside of the […]


Phase 1 of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Signed with China, Certain Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Origin Goods to Be Lowered

Phase 1 of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Signed with China, Certain Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Origin Goods to Be Lowered on February 14th

by Melissa Proctor • January 22, 2020

On January 15, 2020, the United States and China signed Phase 1 of a comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which is intended to address a wide array of issues that are at the heart of the ongoing trade dispute between the two countries. The Phase 1 Agreement is slated to officially enter into force on […]


The New Incoterms® 2020 – Selecting the Right Terms for Your International Transactions

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Webinar “The New Incoterms® 2020 – Selecting the Right Terms for Your International Transactions” on January 29th

by Melissa Proctor • January 22, 2020

Please join the Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI) on January 29th at 1pm EST, for the online webinar, “The New Incoterms® 2020 – Selecting the Right Terms for Your International Transactions.” The new Incoterms® 2020 were published in September 2019 by the International Chamber of Commerce and officially took effect on January 1, 2020. When […]


Senate Overwhelmingly Passes USMCA, Entry into Force Expected in Mid-2020

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes USMCA, Entry into Force Expected in Mid-2020

by Melissa Proctor • January 21, 2020

On January 16, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”), which modifies, updates and will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). The Senate vote was 89-10 in favor of the updated trade agreement. President Trump is expected to sign the implementing bill this week. Canada is expected to ratify the agreement […]


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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 […]