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EU: New Rules Proposed to Curb Financing of Terrorism and Organized Crime

(Jan. 11, 2017) On December 21, 2016, the European Commission adopted several measures designed to fight terrorist financing and organized crime.  The measures, designed to create a strong, coordinated response to the issue of terrorist financing, result from the action plan against the financing of terrorism adopted in February 2016.  These proposals would be a […]

United Kingdom: Border Force Has Bumper Haul of Seized Christmas Counterfeit Goods

(Jan. 5, 2017) Border Force, a law enforcement agency within the Home Office that is responsible for securing the borders of the United Kingdom through enforcing immigration and customs controls, seized more than 83,000 counterfeit items, with an estimated value of £3.5 million (about US$4.3 million) at airports during just six days in December 2016.  […]

China/Slovak Republic: Memorandum on Customs Duties Signed

(Nov. 10, 2016) On November 5, 2016, China and the Slovak Republic concluded a memorandum to strengthen their relationship in the area of customs duties, with the goal of boosting bilateral trade. (Slovakia, China Sign Memorandum on Customs Duties Aimed to Accelerate Bilateral Trade, NEWS NOW (Nov. 6, 2016).) According to the State Secretary of […]

Brazil: Use of Face Recognition Technology to Identify International Travelers at Airports

(Aug. 3, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (Secretaria da Receita Federal, SRF) started to use a facial recognition system to identify international travelers arriving at airports in the country.  The goal is to expedite customs service procedures by the prior identification and selection for further inspection of passengers who present a […]

Dominican Republic/United States: Agreement on Customs Security

(Dec. 22, 2015) In December 2015, customs authorities from the United States and the Dominican Republic signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on customs security; the goal of this arrangement is to create a bilateral customs security structure aimed at streamlining and securing cargo trade between the two countries. The two offices of these programs […]

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 […]