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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
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Florida Residents Charged with Conspiring to Violate Iran Sanctions, Other Crimes

Three Florida residents have been charged in federal district court in Miami with crimes related to their alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and money laundering. Defendants Mohammad Faghihi, 52, his wife Farzeneh Modarresi, 53, and his sister Faezeh Faghihi, 50, operated Florida company Express Gene. According to the criminal complaint affidavit, between OctoberRead More »Florida Residents Charged with Conspiring to Violate Iran Sanctions, Other Crimes
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Malaysia pledges to tackle forced labor after US downgrade

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government pledged July 5, 2021, to take steps to eliminate forced labor after the country was downgraded by the U.S. to the worst level in an annual report on human trafficking. Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan said the government is taking the downgrade seriously and has ramped up effortsRead More »Malaysia pledges to tackle forced labor after US downgrade
Mexico Seeks US Talks Over Car-Rules Dispute Under Trade Pact

Mexico seeks US talks over car-rules dispute under trade pact

Mexico is seeking formal consultations with the U.S. over rules for cars shipped across regional borders under a year-old trade agreement as it seeks to de-escalate a conflict that emerged last month. The Mexican government wants the talks in order to avoid or settle a potential dispute over the requirements the U.S. is imposing onRead More »Mexico seeks US talks over car-rules dispute under trade pact
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ITAR Brokering Activities Demystified

Part 129 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) requires certain persons engaged in “brokering activities” to register with and pay a fee to, the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”). ITAR Part 129.2 broadly defines “broker” as any person engaging in “brokering activities” (discussed in greater detail below) fittingRead More »ITAR Brokering Activities Demystified
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Electrical Engineer Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export to China Semiconductor Chips with Military Uses

A California man was sentenced today to 63 months, or more than five years, in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally export integrated circuits with military applications to China the required filing of electronic export information. As part of his sentence, the Judge ordered Shih to pay $362,698 in restitution to theRead More »Electrical Engineer Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export to China Semiconductor Chips with Military Uses