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George W. Thompson

Federal Trade Commission’s Made in the USA Rules

The FTC Can’t Take a Joke

The Federal Trade Commission's Made in the USA Rules   A notice appeared in the May 19th Federal Register detailing a consent agreement reached with a company called Lions Not Sheep over what the Federal Trade Commission alleged were false and misleading statements regarding the origin of their products.     In the following transcript, GeorgeRead More »The FTC Can’t Take a Joke
BIS Sanctions Export to Russia

The New Foreign-Direct Product Rule for Third-Country Exports to Russia

Sanctions imposed on Russia by the BIS The February 24 sanctions imposed on Russia by the BIS have put in place a vastly expanded definition of the foreign-direct product rule, which will pose significant compliance challenges.   In the following transcript George Thompson details which products are affected by the new rule and how itRead More »The New Foreign-Direct Product Rule for Third-Country Exports to Russia
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The Unverified List: What it Means to Exporters, Re Exporters, and In-Country Transferors

The Unverified List The Commerce Department’s listing of foreign companies subject to restrictions on all items included in the Export Administration Regulations, has received increased attention as a result of the recent addition of 33 Chinese industrial and technology companies to the list. The following transcript from George Thompson's video, explains what the Unverified ListRead More »The Unverified List: What it Means to Exporters, Re Exporters, and In-Country Transferors
The Foreign-Direct Product Rule

The Foreign-Direct Product Rule

The Foreign-Direct Product Rule is a provision of the Export Administration Regulations The following transcript from George W. Thompson, explains the criteria under which some foreign products are subject to the EAR and are thereby within the scope of export controls even if they have no physical U.S. origin content. Hello again, this is GeorgeRead More »The Foreign-Direct Product Rule
USCBP SECTION 307

Section 307 of the Tariff Act: What Does It Mean for Importers?

Section 307 of the Tariff Act Prohibits the importation of any items that were made, in whole or in part, with forced or indentured labor. CBP enforces the law through the issuance of Withhold Release orders that deny entry to shipments the agency believes have products or uses components made with forced labor. In theRead More »Section 307 of the Tariff Act: What Does It Mean for Importers?
Cargo ship on its side in the ocean sinking

Do You Know Where Your Risk of Loss Begins?

Disruptions from supply chain and logistics backups have been all over the news lately. The problem is so serious that it’s even made it to the funny pages. Aside from these current systemic issues, every international sale poses logistics and supply chain concerns, since merchandise may get delayed, lost, or damaged in transit. The question then becomes which party,Read More »Do You Know Where Your Risk of Loss Begins?
ITAR or EAR? Know Before You Export!

ITAR or EAR? Know Before You Export!

ITAR or EAR A United States manufacturer of electronic test and measurement equipment and software mistakenly exported ITAR-controlled software under the EAR instead, resulting in a Consent Agreement and civil penalty of $6,600,000. In the following transcript George W. Thompson, International Trade Attorney discusses the consequences of this error and how it could have beenRead More »ITAR or EAR? Know Before You Export!
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CBP Proposes Streamlining Origin Rules for Imports from Canada and Mexico

I learned a new word recently: “goat-rope.” The safe-for-work definition is a big, confusing mess. While it can be used to describe many different situations, I thought it was a perfect description for the ways in which the United States makes origin determinations for products imported from Canada and Mexico. Fortunately, help to make thingsRead More »CBP Proposes Streamlining Origin Rules for Imports from Canada and Mexico