Sun, Jun. 22, 2008

Compliance Surcharge

CK - Washington.   Compliance after 9-11 has become cumbersome and expensive. In the early 1990s, some thought export controls would all but disappear. Instead, export controls grew, OFAC controls became far-reaching and 9-11 pushed restrictions and compliance obligations into foreign legal systems. The Obiter Dictum blog in Germany notes strange effects on ordinary business. Freightforwarders are now adding a compliance charge to their invoices. Massive changes in the technical infrastructure and updates of software to include embargo list cause one such company in Germany to levy a compliance surcharge of 2.65 Euros on each transaction.


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