Japan’s New 24-Hour Advance Manifest Rule Takes Effect on March 10, 2014.

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On March 14, 2014, Japan will join the global effort to make things more difficult for exporters secure supply chains against international terrorism with the implementation of it’s own “24-hour rule.” First implemented by the U.S. in 2002, the 24-hour advance manifest rule requires all inbound cargo carriers to submit complete manifests a full 24 hours before leaving their … [Read more...]

Enforcing a Contract in Latin America? Good Luck with That.

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I got a call recently from a local manufacturer looking to sue a supplier in a Latin American country for breach of contract. Given Miami’s proximity to the region, I see these types of cases a lot. The first thing I’ll do is take a look at the case to confirm that jurisdiction would be proper in the U.S. And most of the time it is. However, when the jurisdictional … [Read more...]

Don't Let Shipping Piracy Sink Your International Business.

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo.  This is the latest post in the series. With the dramatic growth of global commerce more businesses rely on maritime shipping to get their goods and raw materials to market. The release of the Tom Hanks film "Captain Phillips" depicting the 2009 hijacking of the US merchant ship Maersk … [Read more...]

3 Steps to Prepare your International Business for Crisis and Continuity

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the seventh post in the series. Global companies today face a variety of serious risks that range from political disturbances, terrorist bombings, supply chain disruptions, natural disasters and cyber-attacks, to the kidnapping of key executives. Any of these threats can create … [Read more...]

Cyber Attack – 3rd Biggest Threat to International Business

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the sixth post in the series. With larger and costlier data breaches being reported every day, cyber security is quickly moving from being seen by C-level executives as a purely technical security issue, to a top business risk for global corporations. Cybercrime and cyberspying … [Read more...]

How Secure Are U.S. Businesses in Mexico?

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the fifth post in the series. Mexico is a top Latin American location for American business operations. A vast market with close proximity, Mexico represents the United States’s second largest export market and its third largest source of imports. Recently however, the battle … [Read more...]

Codes, Locks and Keys: 35 Industrial Espionage Countermeasures that Will Save Your International Business.

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Last week Apple released the Apple iPhone 5s.  The most innovative feature of the new phone was the device's fingerprint scanner, which was widely heralded as being the world's first "hack proof" access point. It took only a few days, however, for a German hacking group to bypass the phone's latest security feature and gain access to the device. The incident is the latest … [Read more...]

Spies, Lies and Secrets: 37 Industrial Espionage Tactics that Threaten to Kill Your International Business.

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Earlier this week I wrote about industrial espionage and how it is the fastest and least expensive way for our foreign competitors to bridge the innovation gap with the U.S. Using cutting-edge technology and age-old techniques of deceit and manipulation, corporate spies are the greatest post-cold war threat to international business. Today’s international conflicts are not … [Read more...]

Brazil's Mega Events: Risks for International Businesses during the World Cup and Olympics.

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the fourth post in the series. For ten years Brazil has been the darling of the emerging market countries: the "B" in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India & China).  With annual growth rates of 5 percent, its stock markets often doubled year to year.  Brazil is hot. It will be hosting … [Read more...]

U.S. Companies More Likely Than Russians to Engage in Industrial Espionage? LOL

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Spying continues to dominate the news.  Just today Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cancelled a trip to meet with President Obama over revelations that the U.S. actively spied on Brazil. Up until recently, the prevailing view was that companies located in China and Russia had the most active industrial espionage programs. That’s all changed after the Snowden … [Read more...]