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The EU Conflict Minerals Regime

Responsible sourcing is a vital consideration for supply chain professionals, however, sourcing valuable minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas is one of the most challenging supply chain concerns.  Importers of conflict minerals must meet the obligations of EU Regulation 2017/821, the Conflict Minerals Regulation, requiring third-party audits and disclosures about supply chain due diligence. Our resident conflicts … Continue Reading

Account Overdue: What Now? (Part 2)

Where were we… In our previous post, we discussed alternative account receivable collection mechanisms, export insurance, trade credit insurance, and factoring – detailing the pros and cons of such tools. In this post, we will explore the ever popular letters of credit, time drafts, and finally several other best practices and alternative tools that can … Continue Reading

Account Overdue: What Now? (Part 1)

Picture yourself starting a new relationship with a new contact and future distributor in South America. You checked references, as far as that goes, but there are not many companies with experience with your products in the region. Do you take the plunge and hope for the best relying on your arbitration provision or choice … Continue Reading

Predictability Through Incoterms

Expanding your business beyond the borders and perceived safety of your own country may be a frightening prospect full of uncertainties, but in today’s global marketplace, it often is the only option available to stay competitive. The nature of cross-border business is such that a lot can be lost in (miss)translation. Parties to international transactions … Continue Reading

Arming the Supply Chain

In an effort to bolster his “Buy American” agenda, President Trump and his administration are taking the first steps in allowing for a more lenient oversight of American gun makers to sell non-military small arms and ammunition to foreign buyers. When complete, this plan would shift the oversight of non-military firearm sales from the State … Continue Reading

Heads Up Federal Contractors, Buy American Laws Are Going to Impact Supply Chains

Previously (here and here), we discussed the Trump administration’s renegotiation of NAFTA and the steps the President has taken to promote Buy American and Hire American.  Now the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce, together with the White House, are taking steps to ensure enforcement of Buy American Laws. On June 20, 2017, … Continue Reading

Guest Post: What’s in Your Dispute Resolution Clause? Six Ways Dispute Resolution Clauses Impact Supply Chain Contracts

The following is a guest post from Joe Jones providing insight on drafting dispute resolution clauses in supply chain contracts and determining which provisions will work best for you.  This will be the first of many blog posts by Joe where he will discuss topics related to drafting and negotiating supply chain contracts.  Joe is … Continue Reading

Buy American, Hire American – Coming Soon to Impact a Supply Chain Near You

Following up on our previous post on the Trump administration’s renegotiation of NAFTA, the President has taken further steps towards his campaign theme of promoting American industry.  On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.  The White House release states the order was promulgated in response to a February 2017 … Continue Reading

Trump Administration to Renegotiate NAFTA – Effect on Supply Chains?

The Trump administration has indicated its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”).  Currently, a draft letter is being circulated by the U.S. Trade Representative to members of Congress for their review.  Stephen Vaughn, acting U.S. Trade Representative, wrote in the draft notification letter that “[t]he persistent U.S. deficit in goods trade … Continue Reading
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