United States to Further Increase Tariffs, Impose More Sanctions on Russia

Economic sanctions are commercial and financial penalties applied by one or more countries against a targeted self-governing state, group, or individual. Economic sanctions are not necessarily imposed because of economic circumstances—they may also be imposed for a variety of political, military, and social issues.

The United States is increasing import tariffs on hundreds of goods from Russia and imposing a number of additional sanctions against that country in response to its ongoing war against Ukraine.

For more information on the wide range of trade restrictions the United States has imposed on Russia and how to ensure your company is in compliance, please contact attorney Kristine Pirnia at (202) 730-4964 or via email.

Under an April 2022 law that revoked permanent normal trade relations status for (and thus increased tariffs on) imports from Russia, President Biden has issued an executive order that, effective July 27, will further increase to 35 percent United States import tariffs on more than 570 groups of goods from Russia.

The annex to the proclamation listing the affected goods by HTSUS number is available here, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative said it includes steel and aluminium; minerals, ores, and metals; chemicals; arms and ammunition; wood and paper products; aircraft and parts; and automotive parts.

The White House said the United States and other G-7 member countries will “seek authority to use revenues collected by new tariffs on Russian goods to help Ukraine and to ensure that Russia pays for the costs of its war.”

The United States is also prohibiting new imports of gold from Russia, which is the world’s second-largest producer and has gold as its second-biggest export behind energy.

Information from the United Kingdom, which along with other G-7 members is also imposing this ban, states that the ban will apply to “newly mined or refined gold” but not “Russian-origin gold previously exported from Russia.”

The White House pointed out that most of Russia’s gold exports go to the United Kingdom and that the United States imported less than $1 million in Russian gold in 2021.

Other measures the United States intends to take in the near future include the following:

  • adding companies “engaging in backfill activities in support of Russia” to the Entity List, which will prohibit those companies from purchasing United States-made goods and technologies;
  • imposing blocking sanctions against (1) major Russian state-owned defence enterprises, defence research organisations, and other defence-related entities and (2) persons tied to aiding Russia’s efforts to evade United States sanctions;
  • issuing an alert to financial institutions to aid in detecting potential violations of export controls.

For more information, please contact Charles L. Crowley at (914) 433-6178 or ccrowley@strtrade.com or Robert D. DeCamp at rdecamp@strtrade.com or (212) 549-0141.

ST&R Expands Duty Savings and Supply Chain Expertise

In commerce, a supply chain is a system within organisations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in supplying a product or service to a consumer.

ST&R, announced today the addition of Scott Taylor as a member of the firm and leader of its foreign-trade zones practice area.

He will be part of the firm’s New York office and work with professionals across the country on the intersection of FTZ, international trade, and customs issues.

“United States companies are continuing to innovatively streamline operations and especially lower costs in today’s environment of tariff increases, supply chain disruptions, and uncertain trade policy,” said Lenny Feldman, a member of STR’s Operating Committee. “FTZs are a proven way to address these concerns, and Scott’s legal and operational acumen will heighten our clients’ ability to take advantage of these opportunities.”

“ST&R has long been one of the pre-eminent trade and customs firms in the country, and over the last few years I’ve admired their sharpened focus on assisting businesses to navigate through an increasingly complex and costly environment,” Taylor said. “I’m excited to join this top-notch team and further expand the ways I can serve the trade community.”

Taylor comes to ST&R with more than 20 years’ experience developing and structuring more than 550 FTZ projects, including general-purpose zones and expansions, special-purpose subzones, subzone expansions, alternative site framework applications, boundary modifications, and scope determinations.

He has extensive experience working with officials at the Department of Commerce, United States Customs and Border Protection headquarters and field offices, and congressional offices on Capitol Hill on FTZ issues, and he has negotiated numerous FTZ contracts on behalf of companies.

He also served a constituency of over 500000 as a Kansas City, Missouri City Council Member.

Taylor holds a J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, an MBA from Rockhurst University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Kansas.

He is a member of the bar in Missouri and Kansas and before the Court of International Trade.

Technology-Led Innovations in the Supply Chain Industry

For supply chains to run smoothly, each logistics element needs to be efficient and work seamlessly with the other links in the chain.

Inventory needs to always be at the right level, goods need to leave warehouses at the right time, and shipments need to be delivered within set timeframes, to name just a few of the things that are important to successful logistics operations.

Smooth-running supply chains are more achievable than ever thanks to technology-led innovations. So, let’s look at some of the innovative techs that are helping the supply chain industry to function even better.

Logistics Optimisation Software

When companies utilise logistics optimisation software, they can streamline their operations and ensure all components of the supply chain are working in coordination with each other.

Software solutions not only provide numerous tools for achieving multiple tasks, such as having access to real-time data to check order fulfilment statuses.

Logistics optimisation software also blends multiple technologies into a single cohesive platform, enabling logistical operations to run much more smoothly.

But supply chain software solutions do much more than just that.

Many logistics companies are beginning to understand how much value their supply chain data has beyond everyday operations.

For instance, with the best logistics optimisation software, companies can analyse trends and patterns, and even use predictive analysis to find innovative ways of expanding into new markets and making other supply chain improvements, before any risks arise.

The innovative technology of predictive analytics basically takes known information and uses it to create more efficient supply chain planning.

Data can be gathered from multiple company departments, such as marketing and sales, and used with logistics data to come up with analysis reports that can help supply chain managers create more efficient and profitable logistics solutions.

At the end of the day, with the right software, supply chain companies can measure logistics elements more accurately than ever before to make improvements that benefit the companies, their partners, and the end customers.

AI and Machine Learning

Today, artificial intelligence and machine learning play a key role in supply chain improvement, and the technologies will only become more sophisticated and game-changing in the future.

AI and machine learning tech can create fully-automated or semi-automated processes for supply chain optimisation. Because the technologies basically emulate human performance and knowledge and strive to go beyond it.

AI and machine learning can improve optimisation elements such as planning, forecasting, implementation, and maintenance in logistics operations.

By applying predictive modelling to third-party logistics and tightening data security, AI and machine learning can boost the end-to-end supply chain.

The tech can also provide full supply chain visibility to enhance the management of key performance indicators.

Inventory management, delivery routing, shipping transactions, and even customer service, can all become automated, and thereby improved.

Robotics

More and more specialist items are being manufactured by big robotics companies that can help in the day-to-day operations of logistics.

Automated robotic systems are now more capable and flexible than ever before.

For instance, robotics has led to warehouse operations becoming quicker. A robotic fast-packing system can handle thousands of picks per hour, thanks to the innovative technology that enables it to handle objects that are in all kinds of positions and orientations.

At present, robotic fast-packing systems are commonly used in supply chains for the mail-order and pharmaceuticals industries, because the systems do have limitations regarding things like size and weight, but research is gathering pace to create robots that can work in multiple settings and achieve human levels of adaptability.

Other robotics technology advancements include sensors and safety technologies that enable automated vehicles and robot arms to work alongside human workers.

ST&R Expands Government Relations & Supply Chain Expertise

Government relations is defined as the process of influencing public policy at all levels of governance: local, regional, national, and even global. Government relations aims to persuade government officials to change or maintain policy to more effectively fit the needs of a particular group.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., announced today that Angela Marshall Hofmann has joined the firm as Vice President, International Trade and Supply Chain Resiliency, increasing ST&R’s capacity to leverage its legislative and government relations expertise to address rapidly changing global regulatory environments impacting trading systems and compliance.

“Just as traders started to catch their breath from years of uncertainty on tariffs and trade restrictions, they were hit with a raft of other problems, from greater demands on global logistics, supply chain visibility, and accountability to forced labour reporting requirements and evolving climate requirements,” said Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade and Government Relations, for ST&R. “But ST&R has continued to expand and evolve to help clients face trade challenges for nearly 45 years, and adding a top-notch professional like Angela will help us continue that success.”

Most recently, Angela led the Eurasia Group’s Industrial and Consumer Corporate Practice, specialising in geopolitical risk impacting global manufacturing, logistics, retail, and consumer goods multinational organisations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Angela also has extensive corporate experience, including nearly 15 years with Walmart Stores in a variety of roles, including vice president for international government affairs where she led the company’s external engagement in 40+ retail, ecommerce, and sourcing countries. Throughout her career she has also launched innovative projects for public-private supply chain capacity building focused on transparency, safety, and agricultural development.

Angela Marshall Hofmann began her career in the United States Senate, where she served first as trade legislative counsel for Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and later as international trade counsel for the Finance Committee. She also served as president of the Organisation of Women in International Trade, leading 25 chapters and 2,000+ members around the globe, from 2010 to 2013.

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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Named As Legislative Counsel

The NCBFAA has retained Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, as Legislative Counsel, led by Nicole Bivens Collinson.

Collinson leads the International Trade and Government Relations Practice of ST&R, in Washington, D.C., and serves as managing principal of the Washington, D.C., office. She is also a member of ST&R’s Operating Committee and a commentator on trade matters on MSNBC and NPR.

Collinson has over 30 years of experience in government, public affairs, and lobbying. She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation positively affecting the bottom line of many United States companies.

“Recent events have highlighted just how crucial well-operating supply chains are to our economic health. The NCBFAA’s members play an indispensable role in making that happen, and for almost 125 years the Association has worked tirelessly to make it easier for those companies to do their jobs,” Collinson said.

“ST&R looks forward to aiding this work by using our decades of experience building effective relationships with Congress and federal agencies to advance the priorities of the NCBFAA and its members.”

Collinson is a well-known international trade authority in Washington, regularly called upon by members of Congress and the Administration to help explain complex trade programs. Her decades of work with the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security committees and the Senate Finance; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees has established deep and lasting relations with members of Congress and their staffs.

Prior to joining Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, Collinson served as assistant chief negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, responsible for the negotiation of bilateral agreements with Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Sub-Continent and Africa.

She also served as a country specialist in the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for the preparation of negotiations on specific topics between the United States and Latin America, Eastern Europe, China, and Hong Kong, as well as the administration of complex textile agreements.

Collinson holds a master’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University and a triple bachelor’s degree in political science, European studies, and French from Georgetown College.

“I have known Nicole for a number of years and find her to be utmost professional and extremely knowledgeable of the legislative process in Washington, D.C.,” NCBFAA President Jan Fields said. “The association will certainly benefit from her talent and expertise as we navigate current and future legislative matters that impact our industry.”

“On behalf of the association, I am thrilled to see Nicole join our team,” said NCBFAA Legislative Chair Laurie Arnold. “Nicole’s reputation as an expert in our industry precedes her and we are thrilled to be able to deepen our relationship with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

We look forward to working closely with her to effectively advocate for our members’ needs before Congress, the Administration, and beyond.”

About Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

ST&R is a leading international trade, customs, export, and trade policy firm that has set the standard for international trade lawyers and consultants since its founding in 1977.

Clients worldwide, including governments, manufacturers, importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, and sureties, rely on ST&R’s comprehensive and effective services to succeed amid the constantly changing demands of global trade.

Global Trade Law Firm Expands West Coast Presence

Global trade is the exchange of capital, goods, and services across international borders or territories because there is a need or want of goods or services. In most countries, such trade represents a significant share of gross domestic product.

Customs and international trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., announced today the addition of Juan Moreno as Director, Trade Compliance. He will be based in the San Diego area.

Mr. Juan Moreno

Mr. Juan Moreno

“Juan is an ideal fit for the ST&R team,” said Lenny Feldman, a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. “He has decades of pragmatic trade compliance experience in a wide variety of core areas that are crucial for our clients, particularly as they are working to both improve compliance efforts and strengthen their bottom lines amid today’s shifting global trade environment.

Juan has helped a lot of companies develop controls and tools to address just these types of issues.”

Juan Moreno advises importers, exporters, trade associations, and multinational corporations in the United States and Mexico on a wide variety of regulatory and international trade subjects. He has been especially active on USMCA compliance, helping companies transition operations from NAFTA to USMCA rules, and he is well-versed in Mexico’s IMMEX and PITEX programs.

He also engages and guides companies on strategies for legally lowering MFN, Section 301, and other duties, including by taking advantage of classification, origin, valuation, and other customs strategies as well as free trade agreements, preferential trade programs, and other tools.

A member of the international trade community since 1994, most recently Juan Moreno served for 14 years as director of trade compliance for a San Diego-based customs law firm. He worked for many years as a customs compliance manager, first with a leading customs broker and then with a company closely involved with operating maquiladoras in Mexico.

He has trained professionals all over the United States and Mexico on compliance issues and is a sought-after speaker on a wide range of international trade matters.

Juan Moreno can be contacted at (415) 490-1402 or jmoreno@strtrade.com.