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George W. Thompson specializes in export and import regulation and international business counseling, such as antidumping, countervailing duty and other trade remedies, Customs compliance, export controls, international sales contracts, and administrative and judicial litigation relating to these matters. http://www.globaltrainingcenter.com/in...structors/george-thompson More
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Trade War Own Goal

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What do World Cup football and international trade policy have in common? Not much, really, but for each, the desire to avoid an “own goal” – scoring against yourself – is paramount. Morocco found that out the hard way in its first-round match with Iran. My expectation is that the Trump administration will as well, with its first round of “Section 301” tariffs against China set to begin July 6, 2018. As a recap, the...
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What is EAR?

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Commerce Department Export Controls (Export Administration Regulations) The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the United States Commerce Department has responsibility for administering export controls on commodities, software and technology that is not within the jurisdiction of another agency. The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) issued by BIS set forth the scope of this authority. BIS oversees export and reexport restrictions on controlled products and on specified destinations, persons and activities. For example, BIS administers...
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Census Bureau Seeks Comments on Routed Transaction Rules

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There’s almost no getting around filing an Electronic Export Information for exports from the United States. Sure, there are a few exclusions, and most shipments to Canada get a pass, but an EEI is required for the vast majority of transactions. Whenever an EEI is filed, it must state whether the export is “routed” or not. The concept of a routed transaction was entirely made up by Census, and from what I can tell is...
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Trump’s Trade Policy Options Under US Law – What Can He Do?

Trump’s Trade Policy Options Under US Law – What Can He Do?
President-elect Trump's catchphrase is "Make America Great Again". When he was campaigning for the Republican nomination, and then for the presidency, he made clear his belief that current international trade policies must change for that to happen. He's promised, or threatened, to raise import tariffs, sanction Iran and renegotiate or exit from free trade agreements, among other controversial positions. Leaving aside whether he intends to take these measures, there are questions about whether he could...
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International Trade Commission Requests Petitions for Temporary Suspensions and Reductions of Import Duties

International Trade Commission Requests Petitions for Temporary Suspensions and Reductions of Import Duties
The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced the inaugural invitation for tariff suspension and reduction petitions under the new and improved administrative review process. As we previously discussed, the  American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016  established a regular procedures for consideration of requests for temporary relief from import duties. In accordance with the legislative mandate, the Commission is soliciting such requests, with a submission deadline of December 12, 2016. Domestic manufacturers have long obtained tariff suspension...
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Bureau of Industry and Security Revises Penalty Guidelines

Bureau of Industry and Security Revises Penalty Guidelines
The Bureau of Industry has issued a final rule adopting new guidelines for resolving alleged violations of the Export Administration Regulations. The final rule includes a number of changes from the initial BIS proposal, discussed here, following consideration of public comments. As explained by BIS, the revised approach is intended to more closely resemble the resolution process applied by the Office of Foreign Assets Control for violations of its various sanctions programs. The agency reasoned...
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Export Reform

By  George Thompson  Export reform is the process by which certain military products and technologies have been removed from coverage by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and placed under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  For the most part, the items that have been moved remain controlled, by the EAR although often not to the same extent as under the ITAR.  The reform process also involves simplification of the standard for determining when a...
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