Looking for US Schedule B Number or US Harmonized Tariff Code?

When exporting items US businesses use either a Schedule B Number or US Harmonized Tariff Code. Your business may search the US Census Department’s site for a Schedule B Number. That site has a browse feature to view or download the entire Schedule B book for multiple years or you may use the online Schedule B Search Engine to determine the appropriate Schedule B Number classifying your export item.

Similarly, businesses may use the online search tool to determine the US Harmonized Tariff Code. This tool is maintained by the US International Trade Commission. Your business may also download all or sections of the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Your business may check the Notice to Exporters explaining which US Harmonized Tariff Codes are not acceptable in place of Schedule B Numbers.


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Interested in Joining the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks?

As a U.S. business who targets EU or Swiss nationals with your products or services, you might consider joining the EU-U.S. and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks (an overview PDF contains key information about the Privacy Shield scheme). Both Frameworks require a self certification. The U.S. government provides a “How to” join the Privacy Shield consisting of two parts: part one deals with eligibility together with constructing a compliant privacy policy (with additional links describe the necessary contents of your company’s privacy policy); and part two covers identification of an Independent Resource Mechanism, required fee payments, placement of an active verification mechanism, designating a contact individual or officer for your business, reviewing your application (paying attention to the items required to self-certify), and submission of your application (check out the PDF guide to online submission). The site also has FAQs about the Privacy Shield Frameworks as well as information on how the Privacy Shield Frameworks are enforced. You may also view the texts and underlying documents of the Privacy Shield Frameworks through the site. Additionally, review the benefits of joining the Privacy Shield Frameworks as described by the U.S. Government. Finally, take a look at the searchable database of companies presently self-certifying under the Privacy Shield Frameworks. The U.S. Department of Commerce through the U.S. International Trade Administration operates the above described website and its contents, so be sure to check the site often for updates. Any determination by your business to join the Privacy Shield Frameworks is the sole responsibility of you and your company undertaken after careful review of all applicable requirements, documents, and regulations.


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The NIS Directive EU Cybersecurity

The Directive on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive) requires transposition into European Union Member’s domestic law by May 9, 2018 (definition of an EU Directive). The NIS Directive, adopted in July 2016, entered into force in August 2016. The UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) published an Introduction to the NIS Directive, which provides an overview on on the application of the NIS Directive; a second web site sets out top level objectives of the NIS Directive. Objectives guidance on managing security risks, protecting against cyber attack, detecting cyber security events, minimising cyber security event impacts, examples of supply chain cyber attacks, assessment of supply chain practices, and the 12 principles of supply chain security are posted on the NCSC website. The NSCS also published an Introduction to identity and access management. The Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) will be published by the end of April 2018. A table setting out the 14 NIS principles together with related guidance and objectives was updated in March 2018. There are a number of infographics covering various topics concerning cyber security and a glossary of terms. You may read the consultation related to the NIS Directive, which is now closed for further detailed information and guidance on applicability of the NIS Directive to your company or business. The NIS Directive applies to “operators of essential services” and “digital service providers.” Essential services operators are designated by member state governments. Digital service providers include online marketplaces, search engines, and cloud computing services. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/151 of 30 January 2018 established rules for application of the NIS Directive to digital service providers and incident reports. The UK implemented the NIS Directive through The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018 on 10 May 2018. The NIS Directive addresses security requirements or goals as well as incident reporting together with possible implementation of fines or penalties as determined by EU member governments. The Directive works together with the GDPR Regulation and is, generally, part of the overall EU regime on data security, privacy, and the single digital market. www.erskine-law.com

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Dealing With The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) maintains a web guide to prepare for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect throughout the UK in 2018.  The guide provides links to relevant GDPR provisions as well as discussion/analysis on applicable GDPR definitions, principles, processing structures, security, accountability, data breaches, exemptions, applications, and international transfers.  The guide also links to applicable EU Article 29 Working Party guidance.  The guide is updated by the ICO on at least a monthly basis.  Part of the guide links to a 12 step preparation outline for SMEs and companies generally to begin conforming processes and procedures to GDPR requirements. Further discussion of GDPR occurs sporadically on the ICO’s blog.  The ICO complied two partially interactive self assessment check lists (one for data controllers and the other for data processors) that contain useful information accessed through the “More Information” tick boxes below each question. Another UK government site describes the new Data Protection Bill 2017 with the UK Parliament’s site outlining the progress of the bill through both Houses and Royal Assent. www.erskine-law.com

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