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Mexico/United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Cargo Pre-Inspection Program

(Oct. 22, 2015) On October 15, 2015, authorities from the United States and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program, which aims to reduce inspections of shipments between the two countries by implementing procedures that will allow inspection of cargo generally only once (instead of twice, one inspection by each […]

United States: Appellate Court Reaffirms Decision that Conflict Minerals Rule Violates First Amendment

(Aug. 25, 2015) A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently reaffirmed its 2014 judgment that a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring companies to publicly disclose that their products are not “conflict free” violates the First Amendment. (Nat’l Ass’n of Manufacturers v. SEC, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. 2015) […]

Canada; Denmark; Norway; Russia; United States: Fishing Declaration Covering Central Arctic

(July 21, 2015) Five countries that ring the Arctic Ocean, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States, signed a declaration in Oslo on July 16, 2015, designed to prevent unregulated fishing in the central part of that ocean. (Press Release, U.S. Department of State, Arctic Nations Sign Declaration to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in the […]

United States: Negotiations on Preclearance Agreements to Start

(July 1, 2015) In May 2015, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will start negotiations with nine countries (Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) in order to attempt to reach agreements with their respective governments on preclearance operations that would take […]

Dominican Republic; United States: Agreement on Work Plan for Customs Security

(June 8, 2015) In May 2015, customs authorities from the United States and the Dominican Republic signed a Joint Work Plan (JWP) aimed at reaching an agreement in the near future on mutual recognition of the customs security programs of the two countries. The aim of the agreement is to create a bilateral structure aimed […]

United States: Appellate Court Rules Federal Law Allows Discovery in Foreign Criminal Investigations

(Dec. 31, 2014) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that federal law permits a U.S. district court to compel document discovery for use in a criminal investigation by a foreign magistrate. (In Re Application for an Order Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to Conduct Discovery for Use in Foreign […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Exchange of Trade Information

(Dec. 11, 2014) In October 2014, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at exchanging information through a Trade Transparency Unit (TTU) concerning exports and imports of goods between the two countries, in order to detect fraud in trade-based transactions and […]

United States: Pacific Marine Reserve Expanded

(Nov. 7, 2014) President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation creating the largest marine reserve in the world, expanding an existing reserve over scattered areas in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The September 25, 2014, proclamation expands the territory of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion, Proclamation No. […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Customs Security

(Oct. 30, 2014) In October 2014, customs authorities from the United States and Mexico signed an agreement to mutually recognize two customs security programs that are currently in place in the two countries, with the goal of creating a common structure aimed at streamlining and securing cargo trade. The two programs are the U.S. Customs […]

Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreements on Goals of Common Plan to Prosecute Human Traffickers

(Oct. 24, 2014) On September 25, 2014, high ranking government officials from the Justice Departments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States met in Mexico City in order to create a proposal for the Attorneys General of those countries, concerning a common plan aimed at combating the trafficking of unaccompanied migrant children […]