The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in a new en banc decision that individuals employed by importers, or corporations that are not the “importer of record,” may be liable under civil penalty laws because of their role in introducing articles into U.S. commerce. This decision represents an important increase in the risk faced by individuals working for importing companies and other firms in the global supply chain.
On Saturday, 7 December 2013, the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced the successful conclusion of an agreement on Trade Facilitation (Agreement) — an agreement that is intended to streamline customs clearance procedures around the world by imposing new multilateral disciplines on customs procedures in all member countries. The Agreement imposes
On 5 July 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule that amends the CBP regulations that allow CBP to deny importation of, or conditionally release, certain consumer products and industrial equipment that do not comply with energy conservation or labeling standards of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA).
Mexico will no longer allow the filing of import or export documentation or declarations in paper form. Effective June 1, 2012, Mexican importers, exporters and their brokers are required to use the Single Window for Foreign Trade (“Ventanilla Unica de Comercio Exterior”) to submit shipment information and related supporting documentation (e.g., certificates of origin and permits). The