Slave and Child Labor in Global Supply Chains

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The passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (signed in February 2016) seems to have prompted a renewed effort by CBP to enforce regulations regarding the importation of “Merchandise Produced By Convict, Forced, or Indentured Labor.”  We have seen many instances over the last few weeks where importers have received CF28s asking about steps the importer has taken to ensure that their supply chains are free of child, forced, or convict labor.  Some of the demands are exceedingly broad:

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Australian Border Force Compliance Program Results: Q3 2017


Being the first Goods Compliance Update after the conclusion of the 2016-17 financial year, there is so much information to sift through, so for this post, I have decided just to focus on some critical themes that are watch areas for the financial year 2017-18. I have chosen these areas in particular as the statistics and information are quite alarming, and therefore indicate an increased compliance focus by the Australian Border Force (“ABF”).

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Topics: Australia

The ACVA Shield

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If you are being attacked by a stronger opponent, sometimes you need a strong shield. Korea Customs is such an opponent with all the power of the government behind them, how can importers protect themselves?  

One defensive shield available is the ‘ACVA’ program.

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Topics: Best Practices, Asia

CETA: 10 Years in the Making

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It was June 2007 when we first started hearing talk of the possibility of a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. With the European Union being one of Canada’s largest trade partners, second only to the United States, many importers have been eagerly awaiting this trade agreement to become a reality. 

At last, on September 21, 2017, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) was provisionally implemented. 

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Topics: Europe, Free Trade Agreements, Canada

Australian Goods Compliance Update Q2 2017

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Time has certainly flown since I last posted about the first Goods Compliance Update for 2017 and here we are looking at the second Update from Australian Border Force (ABF) for the year. Here is a brief summary of the relevant points importers and exporters should be aware of:

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Topics: Australia