Who is the USPPI?

Another question from a dear reader:

Hi There

Our company here in [Country A] has sold an item to an international customer.  We purchased the items through our vendor also located here in [Country A].

The product was physically located in [the US State of X] however at our vendors manufacturing plant which is where our customers friend [...]

ITAR Item Sold to US-based Distributor that will Export

Another great question from a loyal reader:

Hello Jim,

We’ve recently been approached by a potential US customer who is a sales distributor and would like to purchase our ITAR controlled product that they will then forward to a South American country.  This US sales distributor is applying for the export license and they [...]

Just for fun: The One TEU Container Ship

US Company's Export Responsibilities

A question from a reader:

Hello geeks,

I am part of a swiss company.

We were hired for a show/event in the US recently, for which we rented some material to the US company.

The material was made in China, and directly sent to the US for the show. It now has to come to Switzerland, as this [...]

Congressional Research Service report on "U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Trade Facilitation, Enforcement, and Security"

Interesting reading from the Congressional Research Service 22 March 2013 Report to Congress: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Trade Facilitation, Enforcement, and Security”


In particular, see Trusted Trader Program Benefits, pages 28 – 29 of the report, pages 32-33 of the pdf:

…some businesses have described the benefits received by C-TPAT members as inadequate, especially [...]

Routed Exports and Licenses

Eric Younger of Adaptive Technologies asks the Geek:

I have a question regarding an ITAR controlled export to Italy. I have just received my export license from the DDTC and will be ready to ship in approximately two weeks give or take. This is my first export experience and not exactly sure which [...]

USPPI Responsibilities

Thanks to the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) for this.  They’ve created this jam-packed document to help freight forwarders in one of their bigger headaches: getting their exporter customers to understand and accept their export compliance responsibilities.

Many exporters wrongly believe that the freight forwarder is supposed to do all of this.  [...]

Supplied Parts for Repair an Assist

Another question from a reader of the blog:

I have a question about assists.  If I send a component from the U.S. to Canada for repair and also send parts to repair the component, are the parts considered assists?  The component is owned by the company as are the parts that are sent. [...]

Geek to Present at ITAR Summit

I will be presenting at the International Traffic in Arms Regulations Summit, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and the Export Council of Oregon.  The event takes place 23 – 24 January 2013 at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland, OR.  Details and registration found here.  See you there!

Artificial Jewelry from a GSP Country

A question from a reader about informal import of artificial jewelry from GSP country:

I am trying to start a small business where I import and then sell artificial jewelry from India.  I live in India and when people come to visit, I have been sending the jewelry back with them as extra pieces [...]

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