Why the Court of International Trade Punished a First-Time, Small Importer with Over $250K in Fines

Why the Court of International Trade Punished a First-Time, Small Importer with Over $250K in Fines

Importers are facing ever-evolving constraints from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decisions now more than ever. Achieving and maintaining compliance through Reasonable Care and proper documentation is pertinent to avoid penalties, seizures of cargo, or criminal charges. “A Tangled Web of Changing Stories and Disputed Consequences” On April 22, 2019 the Court of International Trade…

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5 Building Blocks to an Effective Sanction Compliance Program

5 Building Blocks to an Effective Sanction Compliance Program

How do you ensure your company is compliant when dealing with sanctions? Need guidelines on how to put a sanction compliance program together? You’re in luck. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has published framework for developing an effective sanctions compliance program (SCP). This framework outlines five essential components.…

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What is the Bridge Law?

What is the Bridge Law?

The Bridge Law was established in 1974 under the Federal Highway Act to set the maximum gross weight for a standard truck to 80,000 lbs. This law dictates how that weight is distributed in the container by setting the axle maximum limit to 12,000 lbs for the steering axle, 34,000 lbs for the drive tandems,…

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Got Marine Cargo Insurance?

Photos of the MSC Chitra used with permission from the Law Offices of Countryman & McDaniel at www.cargolaw.com If a container vessel has an accident and needs to be towed to shore, who pays for the towing? Believe it or not, if the vessel can be saved, the shippers with cargo still on-board and the…

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The 4 Most Common Export Reporting Errors

Since the beginning of this year, U.S. Customs has issued penalties for 1,300 Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing errors. If you're an U.S. exporter, watch out for these violations—the four most common export reporting errors according to U.S. Customs. EEI data elements—15 CFR 30.6 Incorrect port of export, etc. EEI filing procedures/deadlines—15 CFR 30.4 Late…

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