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Liability Risks Spreading Up and Down the Supply Chain: An International Trade Lawyer’s Perspective


The U.S. government is deploying new tools to achieve a range of trade policy objectives, many of which increase the risk of disruptive investigations and painful liabilities for all participants in the supply chain. In a paper for The Wilson Center, MMM International Trade Partner Julie Mendoza explores laws and government policies that have intensified enforcement risks and broadened the number of supply chain actors that face potential liability.

Julie discussed highlights from her paper at The Wilson Center’s “Can Technology Solve the Trust Challenge in America’s Supply Chains?” event, making note of the new Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”), which gives U.S. Customs and Border Protection a wide authority to investigate improper and/or illegal behavior by entities involved in importing products to the U.S. Additional factors, such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act, 21st Century Customs Framework, and Green Trade Strategy, also stand to increase the focus on goods imported to the U.S.

Read the full paper here and watch The Wilson Center’s full event here.