Supply chain managers have many responsibilities, including ensuring that materials, goods, and products arrive at their destination in good condition and on time. When shipping internationally, additional rules must be followed to ensure that you and your company are compliant with all US export laws and regulations.
We'll cover the risks of not following these regulations, including the most common types of violations and how to avoid them.
The oversight of export regulations falls under the jurisdiction of several federal agencies. However, the Bureau of Industry and Security (an extension of the US Department of Commerce) maintains primary control. The BIS has a very detailed set of regulations that must be followed to ensure compliance and avoid the possibility of fines, product seizure, and even jail time. There are two primary types of violations — Criminal violations and administrative violations.
Mistakes can happen from time to time. For this reason, the BIS has a process for organizations to self-report any violations they may have committed either by accident or on purpose. While this doesn't eliminate the risk of penalty or sanctions, it could help to reduce the severity of any negative consequences.
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