Top 7 BIS Enforcement Efforts for Export Controls

Top 7 BIS Enforcement Efforts for Export Controls

With advancing technology, it has never been more crucial to practice due diligence regarding export controls. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing are at the forefront of the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) concerns. BIS is working to protect these advanced technologies from falling into the wrong hands is essential.  Top…

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Moving Cargo? It’s Up to You to Prevent Export Controls & Sanction Violations

Moving Cargo? It’s Up to You to Prevent Export Controls & Sanction Violations

The five federal agencies have issued a new compliance note that highlights the necessity that those who move cargo—vessel owners, charterers, exporters, managers, brokers, shipping companies, freight forwarders, commodities traders, and financial institutions— ensure they are not being exploited by nefarious actors disguising the true origin, destination, or nature of their cargo. The note offers enforcement trends…

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Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Updates Audit Priorities List

Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Updates Audit Priorities List

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has released its audit priority list for January 2024. Twice a year, the CBSA reevaluates its “audit priority areas”, this is to ensure that commercial goods are being imported following trade rules. The CBSA evaluates three main components—tariff classification, valuation, and origin for custom verification. The CBSA believes that…

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Navigating the Importation of Organic Products

Navigating the Importation of Organic Products

The implementation of the new Organics rules by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) takes effect March 19, 2024. While AMS will begin as a soft enforcement approach, importers must take steps now to prepare. The Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) will be providing useful tips to help importers better understand the National Organic Program (NOP). Things…

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Forced Labor Prevention in Canadian Supply Chains

Forced Labor Prevention in Canadian Supply Chains

To prevent forced labor in Canadian supply chains, the government has passed legislation effective January 2024 that will require companies who do business in Canada to file annual reports outlining the steps they have taken in prevention. The legislation applies to any corporation, trust, partnership, or other unincorporated organization whose activities include producing, selling or…

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FDA Registration for Medical Device Facilities Due 12/31/23

FDA Registration for Medical Device Facilities Due 12/31/23

Owners or operators of establishments involved in the production and distribution of medical devices intended for commercial distribution in the United States—including those that are imported for export only—must register annually with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These facilities include foreign and domestic: Contract manufacturers Specification developers Relabelers /repackers Initial importers Foreign exporters. In…

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