2017 might go down in the record books as the year of changing trade regulations. Tax and duty, preferential trade, import/export controls, and other complex laws are all under the regulators microscope in countries around the world. Adding another layer of risk, organization like the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and others are working to ensure that businesses do not engage in bribery as a means to obtain or retain business. Numerous countries around the world have passed anti-corruption laws, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Chinese Anti-Corruption Laws, and more. Some of these laws does not distinguish between small and large bribery payments, thus prohibiting any facilitation payments.
Many organizations are already getting hit with huge fines for breaches in anti-money laundering rules in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Germany. The first step toward compliance with these regulations is to identify those individuals that may be part of your company’s operation.