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Trade and customs compliance and regulation news that affect import, export, transportation, logistics, and supply-chain industry and how you do business.
Robert J. Bowman

Customs Regs: A Necessary Evil, or The Key to Competitive Advantage?

CUSTOMS
How those burdensome Customs rules and regulations imposed on importers and exporters can make companies more competitive and efficient. Companies engaged in international trade are quick to complain about their regulatory burden. Indeed, one could cite countless cases of shipments delayed by agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the importer’s failure to adhere to the slew of rules that governs cross-border commerce. And the number of regulations seems to grow every day, requiring...
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Cuba-U.S. Relations: The Rapprochement Slows Down

Cuba
Written by Alejandro E. Moreno | Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Soon after Fidel Castro overthrew the government of Cuba to found a communist state in 1959, Cuba began nationalizing U.S-owned properties in Cuba. In response, the U.S. implemented trade restrictions, closed its embassy in Havana, broke official diplomatic relations with Cuba, and attempted to overthrow the Cuban government. The U.S. also declared a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960, which severely hampered the...
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Kenneth J. Nunnenkamp | Giovanna M. Cinelli

The Nuts and Bolts of the Steel and Aluminum 232 Matters

Steel Imports
On March 8, President Donald Trump announced that trade remedies would be imposed on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Section 232 allows for trade remedies when the president, acting through and on the recommendation of the Department of Commerce, finds that imports threaten the national security of the United States. Upon such a finding, the president can “adjust the imports of an article and its...
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Steve Lowery

Bigger Requires Better

Port
In transportation, everyone knows that  bigger is always better ; it’s why we have 18-wheelers and jumbo jets. So, it only stands to reason that ships, which still move about 90 percent of all global trade, would travel this route. Big time. And, indeed, since their civilian introduction in the 1950s, container ships have grown with the kind of consistent bursts we normally associate with adolescents. A really big container ship in the mid-’50s maxed...
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Steve Lowery

When Pigs and Tariffs Fly

Tariff Pork Exports
China’s announcement that it would be imposing a 25 percent additional tariff on exported American pork could not have come at a worse time for the  American pork industry , coming as it does after the industry had just hit record levels in 2017, when U.S. pork exports recorded the largest year ever in volume, with sales to more than 100 countries around the world. United States pork  and pork variety meat exports totaled 5.399...
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