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Paul Fitzpatrick Named Chief Legal Counsel For MIQ Logistics

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 22, 2017 – Paul Fitzpatrick was named the Chief Legal Counsel for MIQ Logistics. Fitzpatrick will oversee the global logistics company’s legal and compliance matters. 

Fitzpatrick is both a licensed customs broker and an attorney.  He has 40 years of experience as a customs broker and international forwarder in Boston, New York, Hong Kong and London. His experience includes: President and Principal, W.N. Proctor Co.; Senior Vice President, International Operations, Tower Group International (a McGraw-Hill Company); Director, Principal and Co-Founder, USF Asia Group; and President, Member and Co-Founder, GPS Logistics.

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Critical Information for Food Importers!

Starting May 27, 2017, the FDA will begin implementing the FDA’s Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).

What is FSVP?

A central feature of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FSVP is intended to be a flexible, risk-based program to verify foreign suppliers and the safety of the food they produce. FSVP will require:

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Regulatory Compliance Updates – April 2016

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to require shippers to provide the Verified Gross Mass (“VGM”) of containers carrying cargo before those containers can be loaded aboard a vessel.  Without a VGM, the amendments also prohibit the vessel operator from loading a packed container.  The SOLAS amendments are effective July 1, 2016; are not expected to be postponed; and, are globally binding – all Countries party to the convention have undertaken to implement amendments.  There is no exception to this requirement.  If the acceptable VGM documentation is not timely provided by the shipper, that container will not be loaded on board the vessel.  As your NVOCC or Freight Forwarder, MIQ will require from your or your supplier the following data:

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Update on Personal Liability for Incorrect Customs Declarations

Any individual directly involved in the import process may have personal liability for incorrect Customs declarations, according to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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The Corporate Investigations List (The FCPA Blog)

The companies listed below are the subject of an ongoing and unresolved FCPA-related investigation. The names are current through June 30, 2014.

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FedEx tells feds about Kenya bribe allegations

FedEx Corp. said it reported to U.S. authorities possible bribes to government officials in Kenya, according to a report Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal.

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Are Corporate Officers and Shareholders personally responsible for a company’s customs violations?

That question will be addressed this year by US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in the case of Trek Leather Inc. et al. v. United States.

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The Corporate Investigations List

The companies listed are known to be the subject of an ongoing and unresolved FCPA-related investigation.

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ADM pays $54.3 million to settle Ukraine tax bribes

A unit of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) pleaded guilty Friday to violating the FCPA by bribing Ukrainian government officials through vendors in exchange for value-added tax (VAT) refunds.

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Layne Christensen more than doubles FCPA settlement reserve

Kansas-based Layne Christensen Company said last week it has increased its reserve for a potential FCPA settlement from $4.8 million to $10.4 million. That amount, the company said, represents the low end of the range for a possible settlement, which could also reach $16 million or more.

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