Archive for the Free Trade Category

The Company You Keep

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Once when visiting a foreign factory, I stepped into the building in the midst of a major confrontation between a young sewing machine operator and a mid-level manager. The employee wanted her passport and the manager refused.  The confrontation escalated to the point that the manager

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Bowling for Compliance

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com I recently attended a conference where “leaders” in companies providing trade compliance services were discussing trusted trader program procedures. As always, there was a focus on the downstream benefits which would accrue across all regulatory agencies for those companies who excel in getting it right.

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The CBP Officer of the Future

By Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com At the recent U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) west coast trade symposium, a panel titled “Global Innovation,” which included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Science and Technology, CBP’s National Targeting Center discussed innovations in software applications and data usage that

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Trade remedies by the numbers

By Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Recently, President Trump sent a memo directing Secretary of Commerce, Wilber Ross, to initiate an investigation of steel and aluminum products. The rarely used investigative authority found under section 232(b)(1)(A) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 1862(b)(1) determines any detrimental trade activity

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Fake News and Trade

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Over the last few months the fake news dilemma has featured prominently in the media. Day in and day out we receive bits and bytes of information through social media and other electronic sources that many read and take to be the truth, the whole

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In Customs’ (CBP’s) Shoes

Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Last week, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EO) that will affect the use of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trade resources. The first is a direct call to step up enforcement of trade laws with a special emphasis given to anti-dumping and countervailing duty

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Trade Risks (Part 3): Trade Preference Programs 

by Janet Labuda In recent hearings on Capitol Hill, Peter Navarro of the National Trade Council talked about the need for free, fair, and reciprocal trade agreements. According to Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will engage in discussions to modernize the

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Compliance: what are the trade risks (Part 2)

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com In 2008, while I was still working for U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) on international trade enforcement, information kept arriving from other governments, as well as from the U.S. import community, alleging that textile products were being undervalued on the entry documents submitted to Customs.

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Trade Compliance–Why Bother

by Janet Labuda Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com I worked in Customs for over thirty years and met regularly with importers to discuss trade risk, compliance, and enforcement. Often, companies would express their concerns about the cost of compliance–the proverbial cost benefit analysis. If money is spent to create a compliance

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The Role of Customs in National Economic Growth

By Janet Labuda** Traditionally, Customs Services have been tasked with the collection and protection of revenues generated from the importation of goods into their respective countries. Declared valuation of the imported goods is the basis for the collection of duties and value added tax for the national

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