News & Noteworthy

Update from the RTC

Posted by Simone Johnson Smith on Aug 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Greetings from the RTC! We’ve been in full swing despite it being the rainy season here in Accra. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) sponsored two courses on Advanced Narcotics Investigation and Equipment Training while the Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DoS/INL) sponsored a course on Fisheries Enforcement and Prosecution.

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Topics: RTC

How Much Will My Classification Project Cost?

Posted by John Sturtevant on Aug 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM


We often get this question from prospective clients, even before we know anything about the items on their list. This is like taking your car to a mechanic and asking, “How much to fix my car?” Since he doesn’t yet know what’s wrong, the mechanic can’t know how long it will take to fix.

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Topics: Commodity Classification

Focusing on Voluntary Principles in West Africa

Posted by Simone Johnson Smith on Jul 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Our Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, Ghana recently wrapped up a four day workshop focusing on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). Established in 2000 as a collaborative effort by governments, multinational companies, and NGOs, the VPs provide guidance to local companies on tangible steps that they can take to minimize the risk of human rights abuses in communities near gold extraction sites. In 2016, Ghana became the first African country to become a participating member of the VPs initiative after it submitted a National Action Plan to monitor the activities of companies in the gold mining industry. Thus, the VPs course at the RTC was an ideal opportunity for the country to walk the walk.

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Topics: RTC

Close but Few Cigars

Posted by John Saylor on Jun 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM

We are pleased to introduce John Saylor, another export veteran who will be blogging regularly for CTP. John is the Chairman of the VA/DC District Export Council (DEC), a volunteer organization that mentors local businesses seeking to export.  With over 40 years of experience in transportation, logistics, and  trade development, John brings a valuable perspective to CTP’s blogosphere. John’s blog series will focus on trade policy, regulatory changes, and local trade-related events, attempting to keep CTP subscribers abreast of relevant opportunities and developments. Take it away, John.

On May 25th, the White House conducted abriefing to unveil the latest policy and regulatory changes regarding Cuba. This event drew considerable media attention, given the on-going desire by President Obama to chart a new course in bilateral relations and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

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Topics: Private, Export Compliance

The ABCs of the CCL: Spotlight on Parts and Components

Posted by Bruce Webb on Jun 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Unsure about the intricacies of commodity classification? Well, you’re in luck since our expert, Bruce Webb, is preparing a series of blogs to demystify the Commerce Control List. This is the second of our series and focuses on “Parts and Components.”  Take it away Bruce.

Hello again everyone.  When classifying items under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the phrase “Parts and Components” consistently appears in the various Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) entries on the Commerce Control List (CCL). Although they appear to identify the same things, these two terms have very specific and separate meanings defined in Part 772.1 of the EAR.

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Topics: BIS, Commodity Classification

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