U.S. to delay UK trade deal over post-Brexit concern – FT

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The United States will delay its deal to remove tariffs on UK steel and aluminum because of concerns about post-Brexit trade rules affecting Northern Ireland, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on…

PSA to acquire US supply chain company BDP International – Commentary

On the face of it, combining port operations and logistics operations makes perfect sense as it links the first mile and last mile of a container journey. With the application of the right technology, it could improve the customer experience, allow for easier monitoring of shipments, and ease the compliance burden. The challenge of operating…

Company Incurs $6 Million Penalty for Export of Controlled Software and Technical Data

21 September 2021 – A recent export enforcement case describes a common compliance challenge faced by many U.S. companies. In this case,[1] a California company manufactured electronic test and measurement equipment for both commercial and government customers. The company failed to identify that one of its software products was listed on the U.S. Munitions List and…

Customs finds cabinet importers evaded Chinese duties by transshipping through Malaysia

21 September 2021 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has found that a group of cabinet importers is evading antidumping and countervailing duty orders on Chinese products by transshipping them through Malaysia. The story begins in April 2020, when the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association won one of the largest anti-dumping cases ever brought against China. The ITC unanimously found…

Making Sense of the New Automotive Customs Rules

02 August 2021 – Legal experts lay out the best compliance practices for importers of record. The U.S. Customs & Border Protection has had quite a year, with the USMCA replacing NAFTA, COVID upending its operations and intense scrutiny for immigration policies at the U.S. border. Last spring, President Joe Biden announced his intent to…

Cooperation should drive China-EU ties

17 June 2021 – In the coming years, the new international and development policies of China, the United States and the European Union will significantly overlap, as China’s 14th Five-Plan Plan (2021-25) period coincides with the terms of the Joe Biden administration and the European Commission (2019-24). The year 2021 is special for China as…

Target taps into tech acquisitions as it expands supply chain network

20 May 2021 – Dive Brief: The expansion of Target’s sortation and distribution center network, which the retailer had previously announced, will rely on multiple acquisitions it has made in recent years, COO John Mulligan said on the company’s earnings call Wednesday. As it opens up more sortation centers, the locations will use technology from Grand Junction as…

The SAP Enforcement Action: The Need for Robust and Timely Post-Acquisition Integration

13 May 2021 – The SAP enforcement action was certainly a game-changer in trade sanction enforcement. It was the first Justice Department (DOJ) National Security Section enforcement action under the under the Justice Department’s Export Control and Sanctions Enforcement Policy. Mike Volkov, channeling his inner Grace Slick, called it “a New Dawn”. Moreover, although the enforcement…

BIG Logistics offloads stake to SecurCapital to further its global expansion roadmap

1 May 2021 – SecurCapital, an expanding investment firm that specializes in partnering with mid-tier supply chain and financial services providers, has announced the acquisition of BIG Logistics, a privately-owned, leading 3PL provider with warehouse locations in four distribution and gateway strategic cities. In addition, to their pharmaceutical licensed temperature-controlled warehousing, fulfillment, transload, and e-commerce…

BDP International Acquires DJS International, Expands Customs Brokerage Services

6 April 2021 – BDP International, a privately owned global logistics and transportation solutions company has announced the acquisition of DJS International, a Dallas-based customs brokerage and freight forwarding company. DJS provides customized logistics solutions to customers across all modes of transportation. As a specialist in international trade, transportation and customs brokerage services, DJS will…