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UCC Intermediate Evaluation

UCC Intermediate Evaluation

In December 1999, as we approached the year 2000, there was intense speculation no computer would be able to cope with the programming disaster known as Y2K. Experts predicted a blackout on computer-operated systems not configured for a four-digit year code, and software engineers worked frantically to fix the problem. Many believed that blackouts would disrupt our lives as we began the first day of the new millennium.

However, nothing happened, and all our systems kept on running as intended.

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Topics: Europe

The EU’s Dual-Use Catch-All Clause

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Dual-use goods are defined as goods, equipment, technology, and knowledge that may have either civilian or military use or may contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

As part of their global strategy, most countries have regulations in place to control the export of dual-use goods. National authorities issue the lists of products for which they want to control the exports and for which a license is required.

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Topics: Europe

Churchillian Thoughts on European Customs Valuation

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At present, there seems to be a renewed interest in the venerable Winston Churchill in popular culture. Between John Lithgow’s portrayal in The Crown and Gary Oldman’s version in The Darkest Hour, we are presented with a reintroduction to some of Mr. Churchill’s more memorable quotes. One of my favourites is, “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”

Unfortunately, this quote does not accurately reflect customs duty adjustments based on retroactive changes in transfer pricing agreements.

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Topics: Europe

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

Encryption Control in France

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 Most exporters of technology products have learned in the past, either through good corporate governance or a knock on the door by their local export control enforcement authority, that encryption is a sensitive subject (pun intended).

Within the European Union, most items incorporating encryption are classified as dual-use goods (when not Military items) and are subject to Export Control.

Within the EU, French authorities extend control of encrypted items beyond the export process to import as well.  Cryptographic items can move freely within French territory. However, supplying, importing, or exporting encrypted items are regulated activities.

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Topics: Europe, Best Practices