Global Trade Regulatory Review was created to pursue four goals for the regulatory process. (click on each goal for more information)

Regulatory requirements should be transparent, consistent and predictable.

Importers, exporters and others involved with the movement of products across international borders are best served when the regulatory requirements and processes are transparent, consistent and predictable. Procedures that lack transparency create a barrier to trade that frustrates and creates risk for legitimate market participants. Inconsistency between agencies and within agencies but between ports similarly impedes the flow of legal trade. Finally, regulatory efforts that are not transparent or consistent create a lack of regulatory predictability which hinders the decision making of the market participant. We at Global Trade Regulatory Review invite your help to identify and work to correct regulatory efforts that are not transparent, consistent or predictable Regulatory procedures should be efficient and effective.

The important work of the regulatory agencies that affect global trade, combined with the persistent challenge of limited resources to conduct that work, requires that regulatory efforts strive to be efficient and effective. The inefficient use of limited law enforcement resources or the ineffective squandering of those resources, at times based upon unclear priorities, frustrates the regulator and regulated alike. We at Global Trade Regulatory Review invite your help in identifying inefficient and ineffective regulatory efforts.

The regulatory process should be efficient and effective.

Balancing regulatory objectives with limited resources requires attention to whether regulatory efforts are efficient and effective. Inefficient and ineffective administration of trade laws prevents the administrative agencies from achieving prudent objectives and burdens trade participants unnecessarily. Improvement in efficiency and effectiveness begins with identifying shortcomings and proposing solutions.We welcome your help in identifying inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the trade regulatory process.

The regulatory process should strive for simplicity and clarity.

Global Trade Regulatory Review encourages the pursuit of the goals of simplicity and clarity in the creation and communication of regulatory guidelines. Importers, exporters and their supportive service suppliers who strive to understand and follow the law should not be thwarted by confusing, unnecessarily complicated or poorly communicated requirements. Confusing, complicated and poorly drafted legal requirements also make tasks more difficult for officials in the regulating agencies who similarly have to work within, interpret, administer and enforce those legal requirements. Unduly complex regulatory requirements and unclear communication of those requirements combine to again frustrate both the market participant as well as the agency representatives. We at Global Trade Regulatory Review invite your help in identifying ways to simplify and clarify global trade regulatory requirements.

Regulatory enforcement should be fair and provide due process.

Ultimately, regulatory enforcement should be conducted in a manner which is fair and demonstrates due process. Fairness and due process begins not with the administrative review of regulatory actions, such as penalties, liquidated damage claims or the detention or seizure of products, but with the administrative review of transactions that may lead to enforcement action. We at Global Trade Regulatory Review invite your help in identifying situations and processes that are unfair or fail to demonstrate due process.