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BIS Puts the Squeeze on China, Russia and Venezuela

Amendments to the Export Administration Regulations may seem so dry and pedantic to non-specialists. The bureaucratic jargon, references to dry-as-dust sub-subsections, and wooden prose can mask legal changes with important consequences. I’ll leave it to you, Gentle Readers, to consider whether the Bureau of Industry and Security’s three new and proposed rules restricting trade withRead More »BIS Puts the Squeeze on China, Russia and Venezuela
Personal Protection

Export Controls on Personal Protection Equipment and Exceptions

Around the same time the Food and Drug Administration was loosening import requirements for such Personal Protection Equipment as masks and respirators, the Federal Emergency Management Agency imposed export controls on many of the same items. FEMA’s Temporary Final Rule limits exports of N95 filtering facepiece respirators, other filtering facepiece respirators, elastomeric, air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulateRead More »Export Controls on Personal Protection Equipment and Exceptions
SmartPlug

Trade Customs Rulings & Decisions – The iHome SmartPlugs

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Maybe you already have one. Or ten. Perhaps you command them with a steady voice – “Alexa?” “Hey, Google!” – or you could be old school and just reach out and actually turn something on or off by hand. Whichever is your style, smart plugs and bulbs have invaded our homes, and they won’t be going away.   iHome SmartPlugs plug into anRead More »Trade Customs Rulings & Decisions – The iHome SmartPlugs
LONE RANGER

Is Trade Compliance the Lone Ranger?

Is Trade Compliance the Lone Ranger?  There are companies, surely not yours, where various departments are viewed as spokes around the hub of the trade compliance department. Each department operates as if trade compliance is accomplished “out there somewhere” rather than taking an active part in making sure the company meets its import and/or exportRead More »Is Trade Compliance the Lone Ranger?
women in trade podcast

WE WANT SOME COOKIES TOO!

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Women in trade | S1: Episode 8 We discovered a new podcast featuring women who work in international trade.  The podcast is only a few episodes into its first season but they have hit the ground running with a lineup of amazing and influential ladies in trade compliance.   The podcast, Women In Trade, isRead More »WE WANT SOME COOKIES TOO!
Tariff-COVID19

New Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process for COVID-19-Related Items

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected pretty much every aspect of life in the United States. We can now add trade policy to the list. As part of the Federal government’s efforts to address the spread and treatment of COVID-19, the Trade Representative’s office is considering exclusion of medical care products from the Section 301 tariffs on imports fromRead More »New Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process for COVID-19-Related Items
Brexit 2020

Where Is Brexit?

Where Is Brexit? What Is Brexit?  Over time, the UK has given us many interesting tales – from Camelot to Hogwarts. But there hasn’t been a more mystical story from the UK in decades as the tale of Brexit. If you have left aside the Harry/Meghan saga to keep up with the Brexit (British exit) story, then you must know thatRead More »Where Is Brexit?

Federal Circuit Defines Country of Origin Requirement for Federal Procurement

Just when I thought I was running out of blog topics, along comes the Federal Circuit to stir the pot for country of origin determinations under the Federal Acquisition Regulation. In Acetris Health, LLC v. United States, the appellate court clarified the circumstances under which an article qualifies as a “U.S.-made end product” qualified for purchaseRead More »Federal Circuit Defines Country of Origin Requirement for Federal Procurement