Chinese Man Faces Export Violation Charges for Providing Nuclear Production Components to Iran

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Jan 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Sihai Cheng, who also goes by Chun Hai Cheng and Alex Cheng, arrived at Logan Airport in Boston early last month to face federal charges of conspiring to export items that can be used in the production of nuclear weapons to Iran. He was extradited from the United Kingdom to the U.S., where he now faces a 10-count indictment including charges of conspiracy, illegal export of U.S. goods to Iran and smuggling.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Export Violations

CEO and Company Fined, Given Probation for Attempted Smuggling of Goods to Iran

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Dec 31, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Hetran Inc. and its CEO were sentenced by a judge earlier this month to pay a fine of $337,000 and sentenced to 12 months of probation for trying to smuggle machinery into Iran. The judge made both parties responsible for the payment. The judge also suspended a $500,000 fine to the Department of Commerce and allowed the CEO, Helmut Oertmann, to avoid 4 years in prison for cooperating with the investigation and pleading guilty to the crime.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Export Violations

North Pole Industries Goes Live with Amber Road’s GTM Solutions

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Dec 19, 2014 3:05:00 PM

NORTH POLE, December 19, 2014 – North Pole Industries, a leading global provider of toys for good little girls and boys, has implemented Amber Road’s Global Trade Management suite for its worldwide distribution network.

Before signing with Amber Road, NPI had been using a combination of spreadsheets, wish lists, and a whole team of research elves to plan its supply chain.

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Topics: Export Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, Order and Shipment Visibility

The Ten Hallmarks of a Good Export Compliance Program

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Nov 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Last month, Leslie R. Caldwell (Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division) spoke at the 22nd annual Ethics and Compliance Conference. She discussed a variety of topics, but focused specifically on the importance of having a comprehensive compliance program in place for every organization.

She primarily focused her discussion on the implementation of a general corporate compliance program, but the same principles can be applied to an export compliance program. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to export compliance, the following should provide some guidelines to consider when deciding upon the appropriate program for your company.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance

Global Trade Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Exporters

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Sep 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Exporting can be a challenge for a company of any size, but it is especially daunting for small and medium-sized companies. Whether you are just starting out or trying to grow your exports, the question of how you’re doing compared to others is always one to consider. Export.gov crafted a short survey to highlight characteristics of successful exporters, as well as provide an assessment of your export readiness and suggest ways to improve your current export process. You can access that survey here.

Once you’ve taken this assessment, take action with the free Export Business Planner, a customizable tool for small businesses that are considering entering the export market. This tool will help you create a game plan and can be updated as your export business grows.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance

Webinar Q&A - Growing Pains: The Challenge of Going Global

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Aug 1, 2014 1:40:18 PM

Last month, Amber Road hosted a popular webinar entitled, Growing Pains: The Challenge of Going Global. You can access a recording of this webinar on our Resource Library.

Our presenters, Marianne Rowden of the Association of American Exporters and Importers (AAEI), Jim Sebastian of Wyle CAS Group, and Anthony Hardenburgh of Amber Road received some great questions during the webinar. Since they were unable to answer of them during the live broadcast, we have posted all of their answers online. Here are a few highlights!

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Export Management, Export Compliance

Upcoming Webinar – Growing Pains: The Challenge of Going Global

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Jul 7, 2014 5:20:00 PM

As midsized companies expand into new foreign markets, they must also expand their export compliance programs – which is not easy. Many companies are lacking senior management involvement and process automation, according to a recent Amber Road survey of over 360 midsized companies.

Join Amber Road and AAEI for a complementary webinar entitled Growing Pains: The Challenge of Going Global on Tuesday, July 15 at 2:00 pm EDT as we discuss how you can overcome the export compliance challenges associated with going global. Presenters will discuss:

  • Compliance challenges midsized companies are dealing with on a daily basis
  • How you can use automation to combat those challenges
  • Real world examples and tips from a Trade Compliance Manager to help you better manage your export compliance processes
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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Export Management, Export Compliance

Export Controls on Spacecraft and Satellites to Undergo Changes

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Jun 18, 2014 2:20:00 PM

The U.S. Government has announced significant alterations to the export control guidelines for equipment, parts, components, software, related technology and services used in spacecraft and satellites. These adjustments come as a direct result of a change in jurisdiction from the Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The long-term goal of this shift is to reduce export compliance obligations, but the burden will fall on manufacturers and exporters up-front since they will be the ones re-evaluating the product classifications. Most of the changes will be implemented on November 10th of this year, but some will take place as early as June 27th. Although the long-term results will reduce U.S. government export controls with these kinds of goods, the short-term implications will include some significant constraints.

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Topics: Export Management, Product Classification, Export License Management, Export Compliance

Calling All Export On-Demand Customers! How to Get the Most Out of Your EOD Solution

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Jun 5, 2014 4:43:00 PM

Your company has automated its restricted party screening processes with Export On-Demand…now what? Join Amber Road for an exclusive, customer-only webinar to learn what other features Export On-Demand has to offer, and to see how your company can utilize those capabilities to manage the entire export compliance process!

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Export Management, Export Compliance

U.S. Exports are on the Rise

Posted by LizAnn Nealing on Jun 3, 2014 2:08:00 PM

The U.S. has seen record-setting export growth over the last several years. U.S. exports during the first quarter of 2014 totaled $576.3 billion, exceeding the first quarter of 2013 by 3.2%, and reaching a record total of $2.3 trillion at the end of last year. In February, the U.S. Commerce Department reported exports rose to $193.9 billion from $190 billion. In March, the U.S. expanded exports to Canada, South Korea, and the countries in the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Additionally, the U.S. Import-Export Bank found that the countries with the largest annualized increase in U.S. good purchases were Panama, Russia, Peru, Hong Kong, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, United Arab Emirates, China, and Indonesia.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance