April 16, 2015

Lydon Elected to NAFTZ Board

Nov112014 On Wednesday September 17, 2014 the membership of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones elected Sean to the Association’s Board of Directors.
April 16, 2015

Lydon Speaking at Washington DC Conference

Jan272015 Sean Lydon will be a featured speaker at the 2015 Legislative and Regulatory Seminar of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Loews Madison Hotel.  To view the complete program: http://www.naftz.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Legislative2015-Agenda-1.15.15.pdf He will be speaking about the current difficult state of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) in Congress and how […]
April 16, 2015

Finally, Light at the End of the Tunnel

Feb222015 After nine months of disruptions at the 29 US West coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore Union (ILWU) reached a tentative agreement Friday evening.  The ports began the task of clearing the tremendous backlog of inbound and out bound freight from the docks and ships in the surrounding waters.  The deal is reported to […]
April 16, 2015

Canadian Rail Next Supply Chain Headache

Feb232015 Labor relations at Canadian rail giants Canadian National and Canadian Pacific threaten to crimp US supply chains just as the congestion at the US west coast ports begins the recovery process.  Canadian Pacific rail workers have been on strike for the past two weeks, hampering commuter and freight traffic in western Canada.  Just as the Canadian Government prepares to […]
April 16, 2015

DHS Shutdown Averted

Mar042015 The House of Representatives passed another bill yesterday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year.  The new bill is “clean” in that it contains no provisions predicated on a reversal of President Obama’s new policies on immigration, and completely funds the Department.  The move represents a capitulation by House Republicans but averts […]
April 16, 2015

Free Trade Agreements Continue to Bind Congress

According to a New York Times article, Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, has become the point person for both Republican and Democratic hopes for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA.) Both sides seem to agree that TPA is a precursor to the completion of new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Asia and Europe.  Having been burned by the impact of prior […]
April 16, 2015

Lydon Reviews MTB and FTZ Programs

On February 10th Sean gave a presentation with Linda Menghetti Dempsey from the National Association of Manufacturers at Loews madison Hotel in Washington DC.  A media review of the session below. Linda spoke about the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), its inability to move through Congress, and changes that might help it move forward in the future. She mentioned the effect […]
April 16, 2015

Export Controls have a Literary Impact

Mar252015 There are few items that escape the grasp of the Export Administration Regulations.  Included on the short list of items are books that can be found in a public library.  For this reason government export regulators must be careful about items that go into books that will be widely distributed, and before the item is released.  This article from […]
April 16, 2015

Unusual Alliance Propels Trade Deal

Just after Tax Day an agreement was reached in Congress to move forward with Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) so that President Obama may complete negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark free trade agreement with 12 nations in Asia.  The deal came with a unique number of restrictions on the form the TPP must follow, but perhaps the […]