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WEBINAR: Bootcamp for Exporters
Date: February 14, 2017
This webinar will address the key elements that exporters must understand before they begin exporting. Understanding the “Export Process and Procedures” will eliminate frustration, confusion and export problems. This webinar sets the foundation for the webinar series. Attendance is highly recommended, but not compulsory, in order to maximize the benefit of subsequent webinars.
12th Annual Export Control Forum
Date: February 21-22, 2017
Location: Santa Clara, California
The Export Control Forum is a one-and-a-half day program dedicated to bringing the business community up-to-speed on the latest initiatives underway in the export control field, including the latest developments in the Export Control Reform initiative.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized a large number of shipments carrying goods that violated IPR in FY2016. IPR seizures increased by 9 percent in FY2016 to over 31,560. The total MSRP of the seized goods, had they been genuine, was estimated to be more than $1.38 billion. "As a result of enforcement efforts, ICE Homeland Security Investigations arrested 451 individuals, obtained 304 indictments, and received 272 convictions related to intellectual property crimes in FY 2016," stated an article by the CBP.
From the CBP:
“Products that infringe on U.S. trademarks, copyrights, and patents threaten the health and safety of American consumers, the U.S. economy, and our national interests,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “This record-breaking year of IPR seizures highlights the vigilance of CBP and ICE personnel in preventing counterfeit goods from entering our stream of commerce and their dedication to protecting the American people.”
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) now requires that EPA classifies chemical substances on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory as either "active" or "inactive" in U.S. commerce.
From the document:
"To accomplish that, EPA is proposing to require a retrospective electronic notification of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory that were manufactured (including imported) for non-exempt commercial purposes during the ten-year time period ending on June 21, 2016," stated the Proposed Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency, "EPA is also proposing to establish procedures for forward-looking electronic notification of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory that are designated as inactive, if and when the manufacturing or processing of such chemical substances for non-exempt commercial purposes is expected to resume."
EPA is currently accepting comments regarding their proposal until March 14, 2017.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has suspended its rule requiring freight forwarders, motor carriers and others under FMCSA jurisdiction to submit required registration and biennial update information to the Agency via a new electronic on-line Unified Registration System. "During this suspension, entities needing to file will follow the same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they do today," stated a document by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Read the entire published document here.
Red Flag Indicators for an Export Transaction. There are certain actions that could be an indicator that further investigation may be required prior to proceeding with an export transaction. If you notice any of these actions, it could be a red flag!
Please be sure to check out the detailed list of red flag indicators to an export transaction on our flyer!