In recognition of Valentine’s Day, here again is my post about mail you don’t ever want to receive. It has been updated with some more recent examples of the negative consequences of ignoring the legal rules of international business.


Valentine’s Day is one day of the year when we most look forward to receiving emails and snail mail containing expressions of regard and even love. My “love letter” to you is to highlight for you, as an international trader, mail you don’t want to ever receive:

Warnings from US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Agency

In this earlier post we discussed some of the top concerns of customs compliance managers:

Senior managers/owners are often prepared to take short cuts with customs requirements and gamble that the company either won’t get caught or have to pay a small fine. What such companies fail to realize is that in the electronic age, one penalty can lead to the company being flagged for more frequent and more intrusive examinations at the border. Suddenly, entries are being more closely examined. Shipments that used to sail through customs are being held for inspection. The company has lost its immediate delivery privileges, to be followed shortly by a blow to its pocket and reputation.

I have too many clients who ignored that first warning notice from CBP. By the time they came to me, they were in serious trouble! Don’t let that be you.

Sanction Notices from the US Department of Treasury/US Department of Commerce

The US Department of Treasury oversees the sanctions programs that prohibit or limit the countries or persons with which US companies can legally do business.  In these posts we discuss some of these sanctions and penalties:

Charging Notices from the US Department of Justice/Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)

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