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Foreign Trade Zones: The Basics

Although authority for establishing a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in the U.S. was first granted long ago, in the first half of the 20th Century, many companies are still unaware or confused about their existence.  Under the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, a Foreign Trade Zone Board was created to review and approve applications to

Write Strong, Binding International Business Contracts

Is your business entering into a contract with a foreign entity? If so, you should be aware of certain legal terms that may be included -- or are necessary to have -- in the contract. These terms are important so you will not have difficulty pursuing or defending against potential claims with foreign entities. Contracts are

Export-Import Bank Still Dealing with Political Opposition

  Politically Controversial Many U.S. exporters are familiar with the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“EXIM Bank”), an independent federal agency that facilitates U.S. exports through private export financing (such as export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers). However, operation of the EXIM Bank continues to be

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement: In-Depth Analysis

Increasing numbers of U.S. companies, from Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to large multinationals, rely on exports and/or imports as an important part of their business. although large companies are often associated with doing business internationally, SMEs actually make up the vast majority of U.S. firms engaged in international trade.  SMEs with fewer than 500

US Issuing Countervailing Duty and Anti-Dumping Orders on Uncoated Paper

The US Department of Commerce will be issuing countervailing duty and anti-dumping orders on certain types of uncoated paper imported from several different countries.  The uncoated paper at issue is generally used as copy and printer paper, as well as for books, instruction manuals, inserts, business forms, flyers, maps, and brochures.  On February 9, 2016,

How to Register Your Medical Device in Mexico

How to Register Your Medical Device in Mexico Mexico is currently the second largest medical device market in Latin America, the top importer of medical devices in Latin America, and one of the fastest growing markets worldwide. In Mexico, medical devices are regulated by the Federal Commission for Protection of Sanitary Risks (Comisión Federal para

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Many US companies, from Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to large multinationals, rely on exports and/or imports as an important part of their business. Although large companies are often associated with doing business internationally, SMEs actually make up the vast majority of US firms engaged in international trade (97%), even though they account for a

Manufacturing in India: Tips to Ensure U.S. Legal Compliance

Regardless of where a company is conducting business, the company must comply with generally applicable laws, such as those laws related to taxes, truthfulness, and safety, as well as industry specific laws. When it comes specifically to manufacturing, the company must comply with laws related to employment, intellectual property, government subsidies, fair pricing, consumer product

International Finance Checklist

There are many options available to a company that would like to obtain financing to engage in international business transactions. The following checklist is meant to provide a company’s decision maker with more information on the steps that need to be taken to thoroughly evaluate these options. Although each company has its own needs and

Business Deals with China: Legal Tips to Avoid Trouble

This article outlines how to avoid some pitfalls for United States companies transacting business with companies in China. These deals may involve buying, selling, manufacturing, distribution, partnerships, or establishing a branch of your company operations in China. Presented here are a few of the most basic considerations when conducting business with a company based in

EB-5 Investors

In 1990, Congress created the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 program uses foreign investors to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the United States, especially in rural and high unemployment areas. Below are some commonly asked questions regarding EB-5. USCIS is the acronym for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS is within

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is in charge of administering and enforcing United State’s economic sanctions. A sanction is when a country imposes a penalty upon another country, company, or individual. The United States issues sanctions based on its foreign policy and national security interests. Each sanction is different and has its own

Immigrant Investors: The EB-5 Program

The primary focus of the EB-5 program is the creation of jobs in the US, but it also represents an appealing opportunity for many foreign investors and their family members who wish to live, work, and/ or study in the US. Put simply, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program can offer a “win-win” situation where the