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  • Freight Forwarding as Brokering Activity

    In August 2013, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published an interim final rule that clarified some aspects of the requirement for broker registration under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”).

  • The Latest Milestone in U.S. / Cuba Relations: Commercial Flights

    The United States and Cuba marked another historic milestone recently when JetBlue Flight 387 sojourned from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba. Flight 387 was the first direct commercial flight between the two countries in more than a half-century. Six months ago, the two countries signed an agreement to re-establish scheduled air service between them, moving beyond the charter services that had been the sole direct flights for many years.

  • Mexico Moves Forward with New Anti-Corruption Act

    Corruption is a significant risk for companies doing business in Mexico: bribery is widespread, and business registration processes, including the obtainment of construction permits and licences, are negatively influenced by corruption.

  • What is International Adoption?

    International adoption laws and procedures are complicated. It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who has experience working as an international adoption attorney.

  • End-to-End Encryption and a New Understanding of Technology and Software Export Controls

    On June 3, 2016, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) both published in the Federal Register final rules updating a number of definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) (81 Fed. Reg. 35,586) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) (81 Fed. Reg. 35,611), respectively.

  • U.S. Customs Audits 101

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP” or “Customs”) determines the import compliance levels of importers through audits. Simultaneously, Customs audits are a highly effective revenue collection mechanism that ensure CBP promotes fair trade practices for American industry. The following article provides a general overview of customs audits and recent developments in this area.

  • The Magna Brexit? Potential Implications on Trade & Export Compliance

    The United Kingdom’s (“UK”) 40-year relationship with the European Union (“EU”) is ending due to the historic British vote to leave the EU on June 23, 2016. Given the UK’s decision to leave, any company doing business in the UK or with the UK must monitor potential trade issues that will arise as a result of Britain’s exit, now commonly referred to as Brexit. This article briefly outlines the Brexit’s potential implications on trade.

  • Deemed Exports and Reexports under the Harmonization Rules

    One objective of the Export Control Reform Initiative is to harmonize the definitions of terms or concepts that appear in both the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

  • Export Compliance Programs

    Compliance with the U.S. export control regulations is a significant issue for companies and their legal and compliance teams.

  • Go Realtime - Foreign Depositions

    Litigation involving foreign witnesses can be challenging. Paralegals will no doubt find that their cases will require the services of both deposition interpreters, also known as legal interpreters, and realtime court reporters who are up to the task.


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