“Made in USA” Rules — The Federal Trade Commission Wants to Hear from You
The Federal Trade Commission’s rules governing assertions that a product is “Made in the U.S.” can be confusing. As we’ve discussed on various occasions, that agency has strict standards on when claims of United States origin are permissible. I won’t repeat the Made In/Assembled In and qualified and unqualified claim distinctions here, except to note that they [...]
Export Compliance Checklist – 5 Questions to Help You Get Started
Why Exporting your product is a good idea Expanding your bottom line and selling to customers abroad is likely part of your business strategy or on your roadmap. It is no wonder why, according to a study by the Institute for International Economics, U.S. companies that export not only grow faster, but are nearly 8.5 [...]
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 export [...]
WE WANT SOME COOKIES TOO!
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, is [...]
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 that [...]
Part 3: CBP Wants YOU! Increased AD/CVD Scrutiny Abounds
Part 3 of 3: “CBP Wants YOU! Increased AD/CVD Scrutiny Abounds” AD/CVD Consequences: Real Live American Disasters Inflated AD/CVD and high tariffs have real world consequences. One of the hardest-hit industries by high tariffs and AD/CVD besides the steel and aluminum industries is the hardwood industry and those companies who depend upon an inexpensive supply of raw wood and [...]
Part 2: CBP Wants YOU! Increased AD/CVD Scrutiny Abounds
Part 2 of 3: “CBP Wants YOU! Increased AD/CVD Scrutiny Abounds” How the Past Defines Today Thomas Prusa, Professor of Economics at Rutgers University, says that antidumping laws can be traced back to 1916 when the real concern was antitrust law – not allowing large corporations a monopoly in their industries. Both antitrust and antidumping laws were [...]
CBP Wants YOU! Increased AD/CVD Scrutiny Abounds
Why we are Where we are Honestly, antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) sound more like terms from a dating app than cosponsors of the serious consequences they can bring to American industry. So, just what do these antiquated-sounding terms mean? Swipe right and we’ll take a look at their definitions; but first, let’s catch a [...]
Why Drawback? Why Now?
“Drawback is the refund, reduction or waiver in whole or in part of customs duties assessed or collected upon importation of an article or materials which are subsequently exported” – U.S. Customs and Border Protection In the Beginning… It was the 1780s and everything seemed possible: the Revolutionary War had been won, and there was a central government with a [...]
FCA: Why We Need Whistleblowers . . . and How to Avoid Them
President Abraham Lincoln had had enough. His troops at the front of the bloody Civil War were ill from rancid food, receiving lame mules and horses, faulty rifles and ammunition, all because of unscrupulous contractors to the U.S. government. As a result, Congress passed the False Claims Act (FCA) on 2 March 1863 which they hoped would provide a remedy for such [...]