Department of Justice Revises Policy Regarding Voluntary Disclosures of Export Control and Sanctions Violations

Mar 03, 2020

The revised policy both clarifies and expands DOJ’s prior disclosure guidance.

On December 13, 2019, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) revised its policy regarding voluntary self-disclosures (VSDs) of potentially willful violations of the US government’s primary export control and sanctions laws1 (collectively, US Trade Controls) (VSD Policy). The VSD Policy both clarifies and meaningfully expands prior guidance issued in October 2016 (2016 Guidance) by DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD), which first articulated a policy of encouraging VSDs for criminal violations of US Trade Controls. The 2016 Guidance established criteria with respect to self-disclosure, cooperation, remediation, and the presence of aggravating factors that, if met, could make the disclosing party eligible for certain benefits, including reduced penalties, an abbreviated period of supervised compliance, and the possibility of a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) or of avoiding an independent monitor. This 2016 Guidance was the subject of a previous Client Alert.

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Trade Policy and Twitter: Auto Companies Face Unprecedented Uncertainty in Fast-Changing Global Arena

Mar 03, 2020

In an era marked by uncertainty and rapid trade policy changes, there is an opportunity for companies to position themselves for long-term viability and success.

“We are in uncharted territory,” said Edward Dougherty, global GTM senior risk and compliance manager, for Livingston International Inc. “For those of us with grey in our hair, this is the most uncertain and fastest-changing period we’ve ever seen. Gone are the days when we had time to digest the Federal Register and figure out how to proceed, because your CFO has seen the President’s tweets and wants to know how you’re going to fix things right now.”

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Planning for 2020 Trade Under Trump

Mar 03, 2020

NAFTA 2.0 or the USMCA

Since President Trump took office in January of 2017, he has shown his desire to follow through with trade policies that were a central part of his campaign. After the President officially withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), he immediately focused on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”).

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How is AIAG's CTS Software Better Than Spreadsheets?

Feb 26, 2020

Did you know that up to 90% of all FMEA and Control Plan spreadsheets have errors in them? These mistakes not only cost time and money but can damage the reputation of companies using them with their customers. 

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Trends in Automotive Inspection

Feb 13, 2020

Intelligent factories, electric vehicles and traceability are just some of the factors that are influencing change in automotive part inspection, say experts in the field.

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New Agenda Details for the 2020 Southern Automotive Quality Summit!

Feb 13, 2020

Less than one month to go until we kick off the 2020 AAMA/AIAG Southern Automotive Quality Summit! 

This year's co-hosted event -- scheduled for March 12th, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama -- will include a full day of industry and subject matter experts discussing a range of Quality-focused topics. 

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Don’t Miss Our Upcoming AIAG & VDA FMEA Training Courses!

Feb 13, 2020

Have you made it to one of our new AIAG & VDA FMEA classes yet? If not, now’s the time! Check out our current course offerings below and click any of the titles for more information or to register. 

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Hackers Are Targeting Your Small Business

Feb 05, 2020

We’ve all read the headlines of cyberattacks on big businesses and government entities—hackers swiping millions of credit card details, Social Security numbers and other personal information. But have you thought about what the consequences a cyberattack against your small business could be?

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Trade War and New Laws Bring Sea Change to Duty Drawbacks

Feb 05, 2020

According to Dawn Olesky, senior manager of trade and customs at KPMG LLP, we’re seeing the most significant changes to Duty Drawback since its inception in 1789.

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Brazil to trial blockchain for customs

Feb 05, 2020

Brazil's bCONNECT could prove to be pioneering for the use of blockchain in customs.

Brazil is to trial a new project involving blockchain that it hopes could streamline its customs processes.

According to www.contxto.com, the country's Receita Federal is launching bCONNECT to see if the technology can assist with security, identity verification and cost management.

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