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Managing a New Supply Chain Risk:
The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently detained the first shipment tied to forced labor since 2001, the result of recent legislation that tightened the nationwide ban on imports made with forced labor. 

The seizure signifies new standards for businesses' labor practices abroad, increasing the pressure on U.S. companies to enforce compliance across their global supply chains. 

How will this impact the coffee market?

  • The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 shuts down an exception for goods where domestic production cannot meet consumer demand.

  • Since U.S. coffee production satisfies a mere fraction of demand, the exception has insulated coffee since the forced labor ban was first enacted in 1930.

  • Now, without the exception, the scope and extent of enforcement is uncharted territory for importers. This is particularly true where, like coffee, supply chains are long and complex.

  • Since the law also requires the CBP to report enforcement to Congress in September, industries can expect heightened enforcement, including civil and criminal penalties, over the next few months.

The NCA is offering this webinar to help your organization understand the implications of this new law, identify potential liabilities, and take the necessary steps to prepare. 

Get the facts from attorneys from the Washington DC-based law firm of Hogan Lovells. This firm holds special expertise in advising companies on import and export issues, including trade enforcement actions, seizure and forfeiture proceedings, and importation best practices.


Chandri Navarro

Chandri Navarro, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Chandri Navarro works with companies, multinationals, trade associations, and governments on customs and trade law and policy, trade compliance matters, free trade negotiations, litigation, and legislation. Chandri helps clients resolve trade issues before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Congress, and the Court of International Trade.

For over 20 years, Chandri has advised clients on customs and trade issues in many different countries and before foreign trade and customs agencies. She helps clients evaluate risks, identify potential problems, and resolve them in a practical and efficient manner when they do arise. She works with companies to create effective trade compliance programs, and to find business opportunities in their import/export transactions around the world.

Tim Ford

Timothy Ford, Associate, Hogan Lovells

Timothy Ford represents clients in a variety of high-stakes proceedings, including treaty disputes, trade litigation, trade remedies investigations, voluntary disclosures, and other enforcement actions. Tim also supports the development of compliance systems and risk assessments for companies with complex, multinational supply chains.

Tim's practice covers all areas of international trade law, including public international law and antidumping and countervailing duty, economic sanctions, national security, export control, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, supply chain, and corporate social responsibility regulations. Tim advises diverse industries including the automotive, aviation, energy, financial services, food, life sciences, steel, and technology sectors.

For additional information or questions please contact Matthew Cariani at mcariani@ncausa.org

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