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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 […]

Mexico: Amendment to Firearms Law

(July 1, 2015) In May 2015, the Mexican legislature enacted an amendment to its firearms law in order to let certain foreign government agents possess firearms while on duty in Mexico; heretofore they had not been allowed to do so under this statute. (Ley Federal de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos [Federal Law on Firearms […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mexico; United States: Agreements on Counter Proliferation and Customs and Border Security Matters

(July 8, 2014) Authorities from the United States and Mexico recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow these two countries to work together in the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and related technologies and goods. (Press Release, Embassy of the United States in Mexico, U.S. Embassy and […]

Dominican Republic; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit

(Nov. 1, 2013) On September 26, 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Customs Authority (DRCA) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in Santo Domingo, in order to share information and improve detection of commercial fraud and money laundering […]

Mozambique: Excise, Customs Changes Adopted

(Sept. 10, 2013) In August 2013, Mozambique announced two changes to its tax regulations. One change, effective August 14, implements Law No. 17/2007 of January 7, 2013, which was published in the country’s Official Bulletin on August 13, 2013. Law No. 17 had set excise duties on manufactured tobacco products, such as cigarettes, at MZM320 […]

European Union: Increase in Counterfeit Goods

(Aug. 1, 2012) On July 24, 2012, the European Commission, in its annual report, released statistics indicating an increase in counterfeit goods entering the European Union. In 2011, national Customs authorities detained close to 115 million products deemed as potentially infringing intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademark, and patent, compared to 103 million such products […]

Zimbabwe: Measure to Curb Textile Dumping to Be Introduced

(Apr. 12, 2012) In a new policy in force from late March 2012, the Government of Zimbabwe is working to improve the country's textile industry. Measures will be introduced to reduce the “dumping” of textile products, including clothes (usually by under-pricing of the goods), in the country's market. Customs duties on textile imports and the […]