Many of us are busy with the daily hurdles at work, school, home, and elsewhere. But once in a while we all need to take a step back or aside and think about the big picture. In those moments, a good question to think about perhaps would be a purpose of your actions and the daily deeds. Such a holistic question cannot be answered in a vacuum and general perspectives of other thinkers may prove to be helpful, especially if those thinkers are like minded individuals. Part of LawCustoms project is to seek out communities of people interested in international trade and share their perspectives. Today, LawCustoms would like to share resources made available by one such community at the American Bar Association: the International Law Section Committees: International Trade Committee. The committee “follows international trade proceedings and trade policy, primarily with regard to the regulation of imports, both in the United States and abroad.” It makes available to the general public a variety of publications and program materials related to the international trade topic. Customs Law Committee. Publishes newsletters and publications related to customs law. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. Makes available good educational, training, and practical materials…
Folks that are new or need refresher on BIS side of export regulations should visit this official BIS training page. It is a good overview, and may provide basis (if followed) for mitigation of penalties.
I am pleased to recommend a very interesting article (click here) published by NYC Bar Committee on International Trade that explores tensions and benefits of two competing types of trade agreements: bilateral and multilateral. Special thanks to principal drafters: Helena Sullivan, Stuart Shroff, Mark Du, and Albert Bloomsbury. The article joins a contemporary list of discussions about the potency of international trade agreements. Among other individuals who discuss bilateral-multilateral tensions is a Columbia University professor Jagdish Bhagwati, who is particularly favored by the editor of this blog for his book “Termites in the trading system: how preferential agreements undermine free trade” Professor Bhagwati argues that bilateral trade agreements are detrimental to the progress of international trade and should be disfavored.
Rationality of phalates requirement of PL 110-314, Sec. 108(a) is discussed in CBS 60 Minutes presentation “Phalates: Are they safe?” aired on May 23, 2010. The video is available at this link. CBS concludes that dangers posed by phalates (decreased male masculinity) is questionable at best due to mixed results of animal testing. Nonetheless, Congress passed Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 banning phalates in certain children’s products, effectively raising the cost of doing business for toy / children’s articles manufacturers. For specific’s regarding applications of phalates to children’s products see CPSIA Questionnaire portion “Children’s Articles” produced by the editor of this blog.
CBP issued an email notification yesterday about the launch of free webinar. One of them ISF/”10+2” Webinar for East Coast Small to Medium Sized Importers/Brokers is already filled up. Another, CBP Outbound Issues Webinar, still has spaces available. Webinars have attained gaining popularity in the trade community. Citrix, with its “gotowebinar” and “gotomeetings” products seemingly dominating the market. While Citrix is offering various service levels, the most sophisticated version allows only 1000 people to attend (see http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/webinar/gotowebinar_pricing). This is very limited space, considering CBP’s nationwide reach (and possibly worldwide interest).
Dateline’s report on Customs and Border Protection.