Looking Back on 2020

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As we reach the one-year pandemic mark here in the US, I’d like to congratulate you all on the ways that you’ve approached an unstable international trade environment. There were lots of curveballs thrown at us amidst an unprecedented disruption to the mechanics of most economies. There are additional hurdles in front of us, but recovery appears to be possible.

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Topics: Tradewin

French Digital Services Tax and the United States Response

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A United States Trade Representative (USTR) investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) was initiated on July 10, 2019, according to Sec 302(b)(1)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974 and was completed on December 2, 2019.

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Topics: Europe, Tradewin, France, USTR

Trade in 2021

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If I learned anything from 2020, it’s that I don’t know what is in store for the future. In the last few years, we went from talking about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would transform trade, to Brexit, to the trade war, to the global pandemic.

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Topics: Free Trade Agreements, Tradewin, TPP, Brexit

New C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria Retrospective

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As 2020 winds down, the first year of C-TPAT’s new Minimum Security Criteria (MSC) is coming to a close. The new MSC’s went into effect at the beginning of the year, and in early June, the C-TPAT portal was updated to reflect these new criteria. Having worked with several C-TPAT members as they updated their programs, there are a handful of observations and best practices that I wanted to share.

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Topics: Tradewin, Security, Customs

The Brexit Transition Period is Coming to an End

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The Brexit Transition period ends on December 31st 2020. As of January 1st 2021, the United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK) officially leaves the European Union (EU). Tradewin has identified some key areas that traders need to prepare for when the UK becomes a third country to the EU. These key areas need to be considered regardless if there is an agreement between the EU and the UK, as formalities at the borders will need to be completed.

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Topics: Europe, Brexit, UK