Industry Blog

Increasing eCommerce Regulations as Argentinean Currency Reserve Fall

eCommerce has been a dark spot in customs enforcement because most of the parcels fall under De Minimis rules.  However, that will quickly change as Customs departments around the world realize the potential revenue from increased control. Such is the case in Argentina right now.

Shipments originating from international eCommerce are no longer delivered to the buyer's door. They are held at a Customs office where they have to be picked up and taxed.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Regulations

I’m sure you’ve heard of news stories about dangerous consumer goods like faulty baby cribs, lead-contaminated products, even food tainted with horse meat. The US Agency in charge of ensuring the safety of these goods, sourced both from foreign and domestic vendors, is the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They are a “other government agency” that places document requirements and testing on products from antennas to writing instruments. However, they do not classify their products to the HTS so these restrictions and document requirements are not tracked by CBP’s ABI system.

New State Regulations Enforce “Guilt by Association”

Michigan has joined other states in applying pressure to promote US foreign policy. Michigan’s Senate Bill 1024 prohibits persons that have economic relationships with Iran from getting public contracts. This act, known as the “Iran economic sanctions act”, is a natural extension of the US Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). Title II Sec.

Obama Seeks to Merge Six Trade and Commerce Agencies

According to the Associated Press, President Obama is seeking to merge six trade and commerce agencies. They are: The Commerce Department's core business and trade functions; the Small Business Administration; the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; the Export-Import Bank; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and the Trade and Development Agency. The goal would be one agency designed to help businesses thrive.