International Trade and Customs



Meet the Co-chairs - TAG-SP

Fisher, Jacob
Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.

International Trade and Customs

Contact: Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)

With attention turned towards the renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), some have called for South Africa to be graduated from the duty preference program because of its well-developed infrastructure and labor force.  Some have also raised the issue of certain non-tariff barriers said to exist that prevent U.S. companies from entering the South African market.

Read more: Why South Africa Should Not Be Graduated From AGOA

Contact: Susan Kohn Ross; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (Los Angeles, California, USA)

On January 21, 2014, Mozaffar Khazaee, a naturalized American who maintained dual citizenship with his native Iran, was indicted in Connecticut on two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries with it a potential sentence of ten (10) years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. This case is a stark reminder that internal controls are only as good as their implementation.

Read more: Did You Do Enough to Protect Your Trade Secrets?

Contact: Susan Kohn Ross; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (Los Angeles, California, USA)

At a recent luncheon, a representative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles made some remarks that are helpful to all companies, regardless of size or industry. The context for the comments by this Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) were the key factors the office considers when deciding whether to pursue a case criminally, civilly, or by way of administrative action.

Read more: What Compliance Program?

Contact: Evelyn M. Suarez and Singleton B. McAllister; Williams Mullen (Virginia & North Carolina, USA)

Signed into law by President Clinton on May 18, 2000 and subsequently expanded, the African Growth and Opportunity Act ( AGOA) is a unilateral system of trade preferences that allows thousands of types of goods produced in Sub-Saharan Africa to be imported duty-free to the United States.

Read more: Debate Concerning Renewal of African Growth and Opportunity Act Has Begun

Contact: Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP (Ontario, Canada)


On October 18, 2013, Canada and the European Union ("EU") reached an agreement, in principle, on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement ("CETA"); this will be the first free trade agreement between the EU and a G8 country. CETA covers most aspects of the Canada-EU bilateral economic relationship, including trade in goods and services, investment, and government procurement. It also grants the flexibility to include areas of mutual interest beyond those that have traditionally been included in Canada's trade agreements, such as regulatory cooperation. Further details of the agreement are provided below.

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