Forbidden Places for Tourism and Trade

Please make plans to attend the Forbidden Places -- Tourism and Trade seminar on September 24, 2010. This seminar will take place at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Miami, Florida. This half-day seminar will address a variety of recent regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Topics to be addressed include travel to and trade with restricted countries, immigration aspects of tourism to sanctioned countries, and representing a client who is the subject of an investigation or penalty by the OFAC.

Maersk Pays $3 Million for Trading With Iran and Sudan

Maerk Line, Ltd. paid the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) $3 million to settle allegations of violations of the U.S. trade embargo with Sudan and Iran that Maersk committed between 2003 and 2007. How the world's largest ocean transportation company committed such violations is a good story. How Maersk's lawyer was able to limit the payment to $3 million is also important to understand.

By |2010-08-16T06:37:51-04:00August 16, 2010|U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)|Comments Off on Maersk Pays $3 Million for Trading With Iran and Sudan

Pills That Will Make You Smarter, Lose Weight, and Cure Cancer

All those dietary supplements advertised on television and readily available on the Internet claim to do one thing or another. Taking certain pills allegedly will make you smarter, give you a burst of energy, end problems with erectile dysfunction, or even cure cancer. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the primary Federal agency responsible for protecting the American consumer from such false claims. The FDA pursues criminal investigations through its Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI).

Pep Boys Paid $5 Million to Settle Case with EPA for Illegal Importation of Motor Vehicles and Generators

Now that summer is here, air conditioners are on our minds. It is likely the air conditioner you purchase at the store was imported into the United States, and made in China. The EPA has very specific requirements regarding the importation of generators and motor vehicle engines, including ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and anything else with a non-road spark ignition engine. EPA is concerned about enforcing emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, and so should you.

By |2010-06-18T05:50:06-04:00June 18, 2010|EPA|Comments Off on Pep Boys Paid $5 Million to Settle Case with EPA for Illegal Importation of Motor Vehicles and Generators

If You are an Owner or Officer of an Importer, This Blog Post is for You

In one of the most important recent decisions, the U.S. Court of International Trade dismissed a case filed against the CEO of his importing company that had made false statements to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the entry documents. This Court decision has significant implications for every owner, officer, and manager of any company involved in importing merchandise into the United States.

By |2021-04-09T13:58:39-04:00February 28, 2010|NAFTA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on If You are an Owner or Officer of an Importer, This Blog Post is for You

Everything You Need to Know About Exporting

In the next few weeks, I am giving lectures and doing a webinar on the general topic of export compliance. In my legal practice over the past 20 years as a Customs and International Trade attorney, I am increasingly involved with clients on export compliance and penalty matters, especially with the BIS and OFAC. The laws and regulations have changed dramatically over the past few years, as has the name and number of Federal agencies enforcing them, plus the penalties for non-compliance are much higher now.

By |2009-11-16T11:16:52-05:00November 16, 2009|Export, U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)|Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Exporting
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