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Trade Watch 2017

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Follow Email It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention that several developments of 2016 will bear fruit in 2017. Trade Watch 2017 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: Brexit: Britain must act on its vote to leave the European Union. January 17, (2017) Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her 12-point plan for doing so. It includes negotiation of a new, bold, and ambitious free trade...

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Our Food Smells Different!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email As the FDA strengthens enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), I am reminded of how this might impact the importer who shared this concern with me, “Our food smells different and that causes problems with US Customs.” “Problems” can mean having your shipment detained, opened and inspected, and re-exported or destroyed. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the...

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Sanctions Against Russia: How Do Sanctions Affect International Trade?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email We hear of Russian cyber attacks in the U.S. and Europe weekly, if not daily. Could the attacks be retaliation for American and European sanctions against Russia? In 2014, the European Union and the United States imposed sanctions against Russia because of its ongoing actions in Ukraine. Sanctions affect international trade because they prohibit or place restrictions on individuals and companies from doing business with...

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FSMA Update for Importers – June 2016

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The struggles of Chipotle, the US restaurant chain, to regain customers lost after hundreds fell ill from contaminated food, reinforce the preventative goals of the US Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA). Since our last FSMA Update, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to kick FSMA implementation into high gear: Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration was...

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In Honor of US Small Business Month 2016

Posted by on May 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email   U.S.  National Small Business Week 2016 recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners in its economy. May is also World Trade Month in the U.S. Events across the country will focus on providing resources to US businesses seeking to export their goods and services. To honor both these events, we re-post our blog from 2014 that highlights some of the resources available to support...

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The Food Safety Verification Program: What It Is & How Importers Can Prepare For It

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Written by Stacy Telfer, Esq. On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most far-reaching reforms to U.S. food safety laws since passage of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act of 1937.  The FSMA aims to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by a focus on preventing, rather than responding to, the problem of food contaminations. As the agency charged with regulating U.S....

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