News & Events

Joseph “Jay” Acayan Becomes the First Attorney in the Country to Participate in and Assist a Client Navigate Through a CBP Forced Labor Audit

Givens & Johnston is pleased to announce that Joseph “Jay” Acayan has become the first attorney in the country to participate in and assist a client navigate through a CBP Forced Labor audit.  The audit was conducted by Regulatory Audit and Agency Advisory Services, Houston Field Office,  and was part of a larger Focused Assessment. 

2019-10-07T19:52:57+00:00October 7th, 2019|News & Events, Spotlight|

Keeping Your Manifest Data Confidential

Importers, does it concern you that much information on shipping manifests covering merchandise shipped to your company is freely available to everyone.  Thus, your competitors can identify your suppliers or shippers, your imported merchandise, the consignees, and many other details re each shipment.  They may find this information very helpful – to them. If you [...]

2018-06-04T20:23:25+00:00June 4th, 2018|News & Events, Popular Tools|

Section 232 Investigation

Trump orders investigation into steel imports: On April 20, 2017, President Trump announced that the Commerce Department, initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, to determine “the effects of steel imports on national security”.  Under Section 232, and other related statutes, the President has broad powers to impose trade [...]

2017-08-15T16:44:43+00:00August 15th, 2017|News & Events|

NAFTA Renegotiation Update

The U.S. Trade Representative released objectives for NAFTA renegotiations, which begin August 16th. The document states that the U.S. hopes to remove barriers to American exports by eliminating “unfair subsidies, market-distorting practices by state-owned enterprises, and burdensome restrictions of intellectual property.” The U.S. also seeks to “modernize” the 1994 agreement for the 21st century. A [...]

2018-04-23T16:17:49+00:00August 15th, 2017|News & Events|

Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference

Our firm would like to invite you to the Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference being held September 20-22, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  The conference covers both basic and advanced topics in import and export compliance.  In addition, the Conference has been approved for CCS and CES credits via the NCBFFA, and will provide for [...]

2017-05-26T21:02:48+00:00May 26th, 2017|News & Events|

Increased Scrutiny of AD/CVD, Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, and Prosecution of Trade Violations

President Trump recently signed an Executive Order titled “Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws.” The Executive Order contains limited specific details, but provides an indication that relevant regulations are likely to be modified and that increased enforcement is imminent.  First, the Order calls on [...]

2018-04-23T16:17:49+00:00May 26th, 2017|News & Events|