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ITAR for Government Contractors

One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry.2 Companies regulated under ITAR are subject to a number of requirements including registration, licensing, restrictions on transferring controlled technical data and performing defense services, among others…. Read more

Container Weight Mandate

In four months (effective date is July 1, 2016), all shippers subject to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements will be held responsible for providing the verified gross mass (VGM) of every single container it exports. The SOLAS Convention has over 150 contracting States, which flag about 99% of merchant ships around the world… Read more

What the TPP Means for Virginia Exporters

On October 5, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations. The TPP eliminates or reduces tariff and non-tariff barriers across substantially all trade in goods and services and covers the… Read more

Singapore – Opportunities for Virginia Exporters

The U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 2004. Singapore is the United States’ thirteenth largest export market and seventeenth largest trading partner. The agreement guaranteed zero tariffs immediately on all exports of U.S. goods to Singapore, and ensured that Singapore could not increase its duties on any U.S. product. In 2014,… Read more

Six of the Top Free Apps for International Business Travel

Smartphones have made business travel much simpler by using apps to book flights and hotels, track expenses, and make calls. Here are some of the best, free apps every international business traveler could use for their trip. Viber, available on almost all mobile devices and computers, allows users to send free text messages and phone… Read more

Growing Opportunities in Armenia

The United States and Armenia have recently agreed to a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. The Office of the United States Trade Representative states that this agreement created a United States-Armenia Council on Trade that is tasked to create ways to “strengthen the trade and investment relationship between the two countries.” The U.S. Census Bureau reported that… Read more

What the U.S.-Cuba Policy Means for Exporters

On January 16 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations with a “Support for the Cuban People” license exception. The revised regulation will have an impact for some… Read more

Future Opportunities in Cuba

As U.S. – Cuban relations warm up and U.S. companies start looking for opportunities to establish a beachhead in Cuba, two market sectors that are regularly mentioned as offering the best opportunities for U.S. businesses are the telecommunications market and the construction (housing) /infrastructure equipment market. Cuban housing and infrastructure needs are well known and… Read more