Sanctions and embargoes can be thought of as political coercive measures. Examples include the prohibition of doing business with certain countries, governments or individuals. The reason behind these measures are to compel those countries, governments or individuals to comply with international laws or other obligations in order to maintain national-security and safety objectives. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists,[...]
Enforcing intellectual property (ip) rights has become the hallmark area to which a majority of seizures stem from. It is vital that companies go through the procedures for registering their trademarks, copyrights, etc with Customs. There is a balancing act that must be accounted for, the rights of the owner protecting its exclusive property interest versus any user (whether innocent or not) who is subject to intellectual property infringement. However, if Customs is unaware as to the "marks" (i.e. they are not registered) goods may come in that violate a[...]
There are often substantial differences depending on the country regarding the determination as to the country of origin. A product that is produced for export in the United States may not be eligible for sale in the United States. It is wonderful to see and hear of companies keeping production within the United States and bring jobs to Americans as opposed to having production done overseas. All the more so I give these companies credit because to use the term "Made in USA," on products requires strict adherence to the[...]
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