Penalties Increase for Export Violations

Penalties Increase for Export Violations

The Department of Commerce and Department of State have increased the civil monetary penalties for export violations to account for inflation. Regardless of when the violation occurred, it is important to recognize that these new amounts are retroactive and can be charged against each violation. Here is a summary of the penalty increases: The maximum…

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U.S.–Japan Trade Agreement: Preferential Tariff Treatment

U.S.–Japan Trade Agreement: Preferential Tariff Treatment

The U.S.–Japan Trade Agreement is effective as of January 1, 2020. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued the requirements for those looking to claim preferential treatment under this trade deal. In order to receive preferential treatment, goods must originate and meet all the requirements under the agreement. The filing instructions are as follows:…

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Do I Need an Export License?

Do I Need an Export License?

As an exporter it is your responsibility know if you need an export license. On top of that, it is your responsibility to know who you’re exporting to and to watch for red flags. To help, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has published guidance for exporting to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. But…

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Get BIS’s Annual Export Controls Conference Presentations

Get BIS’s Annual Export Controls Conference Presentations

Looking for an information packed resource for export controls? Look no further, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has published the presentations from its annual conference, which was held July 9-11 in Washington. The presentations include the following topics. “600 series” Air and Space (BIS) Air and Space (NASA) Air and Space (NOAA) Census—ACE…

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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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MSC Suspended from CTPAT for 90 Days

MSC Suspended from CTPAT for 90 Days

As of June 18, 2019 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has been suspended from the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program (CTPAT). At this time, the suspension period is set to last for 90 days. The suspension comes as a result of this week’s incident, where shipping vessel MSC Gayane was discovered to be carrying over…

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New Minimum Security Criteria in CTPAT Portal

New Minimum Security Criteria in CTPAT Portal

As of May 3, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released the CTPAT program’s new minimum security criteria (MSC) in the CTPAT portal. Companies are expected to implement the new criteria by their annual review date in 2020. CBP has mentioned that there will be a phased roll out, although the details are…

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