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Trade War Own Goal

Goal
What do World Cup football and international trade policy have in common? Not much, really, but for each, the desire to avoid an “own goal” – scoring against yourself – is paramount. Morocco found that out the hard way in its first-round match with Iran. My expectation is that the Trump administration will as well, with its first round of “Section 301” tariffs against China set to begin July 6, 2018. As a recap, the...
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Contracts with Foreign Companies May Require a Rewrite

Contracts
Hwan Kim | Neil A.F. Popović | Sheppard Mullin Law Firm A recent California case may force companies doing business with foreign entities to reconsider—and maybe rewrite—their contracts. In  Rockefeller Tech. Invs. (Asia) VII v. Changzhou Sinotype Tech. Co. , No. B272170, 2018 WL 2455092 (Cal. App. June 1, 2018), the California Court of Appeal held that parties may not contract around the formal service requirements of the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial...
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World Cup Better Than Expected for Logistics

World Cup
Automotive Logistics | Vladislav Vorotnikov The FIFA World Cup 2018 has caused a temporary shortage of transport capacities in certain regions of Russia, with a local rise in tariffs and some delays at customs, according to Irina Novikova, the inland transport department director of Gefco. However, fears of Russia ceasing to import automotive components including spare parts from May 25 to July 25, due to severe security measures, have proved unfounded. Novikova said that restrictions...
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Global State of Supply Chain Security: Evolving Threats

Global Supply Chain
  This is Part One of a three-part interview | Kristina Tanasichuk World Customs Organization Director of Compliance and Facilitation Ana Hinojosa brought 28 years of customs experience to the global body when elected to her post in 2015. The former U.S. Customs and Border Protection deputy assistant commissioner-international affairs also served as director of field operations for the El Paso Field Office from 2008 to 2013 and as area port director for Los Angeles International...
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Why is Trade Compliance operating like its 1999?

AAEI
Reflections on AAEI 2018 – Why is Trade Compliance operating like its 1999? As always AAEI puts together an agenda that is meaningful for the trade compliance community.  The sessions are highly informative and relevant to the current trade environment and provide really good insights into what CBP, Commerce, and the PGAs are working on. However, my biggest take away from AAEI was not the information from the sessions.  The overriding impression that I was...
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