Archive for the Free Trade Category

Labuda on Trade: Reasonable Care: What the Heck Is It?

In a case decided July 17, 2017 (Slip op 17-85), the Court of International Trade (CIT) ordered the importer to pay $8,228.20 in unpaid duties plus prejudgment interest but said more information was needed before a penalty could be assessed.

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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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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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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 1)

by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Over the last few weeks, I have written a series of short articles discussing the need for developing a compliance-based approach to transacting international trade. This will help to prepare your organization to effectively deal with the risks inherent in importing. What are these risks

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Compliance: it starts at the top

  by Janet.Labuda@FormerFedsGroup.Com Whether you are a small to medium sized enterprise, or a large multinational corporation, creating a culture of compliance starts at the top. This compliance culture should permeate your entire organization starting with the Chief Executive, the Chief Financial Officer, and the corporate counsel.

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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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Will President Trump Revive Section 2 of the Sherman Act?

CartelCapers by Robert Connolly

By Bradford L. Geyer [1] When I concluded by summer of 2015 that our next President would be Donald Trump, my closest friends and associates were skeptical. Having grown up in the New York media market and reading the “Art of the Deal” after college, I studied

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MDFL: Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Biodiesel Racket

Cinnaminson, NJ-  Two Florida men have recently pleaded guilty in the Middle District of Florida for defrauding biodiesel buyers in a multi-state racket. Thomas Davanzo and Robert Fedyna employed shell companies to create a system of false credit exchange that led to losses for target biodiesel consumers and

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