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Making Trade Work Better

Making Trade Work Better

The U.S. Senate is expected as soon as February 10 to begin considering a negotiated compromise bill to reauthorize the trade facilitation and enforcement functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Among other provisions that support lawful trade, the bill authorizes completion of the “single window” trade documentation submission system and facilitates cooperation between CBP and trademark holders to prevent importation of counterfeit products. The compromise also contains new Read more [...]
Might Seem Crazy…

Might Seem Crazy…

World Trade Week (May 19-24) should be a time to sit at the kitchen table and contemplate the importance of international trade for your company, your industry and you. It should also be a time to educate others about what you find out. For example, Where does that key component for your product come from (and what happens if it doesn't come)? How many of your colleagues' jobs are dependent on making sales outside the U.S.? If your potential customer could finance the purchase of your product, Read more [...]
Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support U.S. trade negotiations to open foreign markets and ensure Read more [...]
ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety Read more [...]
Not Just Handbags and Watches…Counterfeits Kill

Not Just Handbags and Watches…Counterfeits Kill

While the NEMA Signaling, Protection and Communication Section (03SB) was meeting in Seattle last week and discussing the latest research, codes, regulations and legislation impacting smoke/fire and carbon monoxide detection, a story broke in Atlanta that is downright scary: thousands of counterfeit smoke alarms were installed in Atlanta homes by the city's fire department. CBS Atlanta broke the story last Wednesday, citing an investigation that found that over 18,000 counterfeit Read more [...]
Rogue websites and the war on counterfeits

Rogue websites and the war on counterfeits

Over two years ago I posted a piece on this blog entitled "A Letter From the Counterfeit Wars" that exposed how counterfeiters are using bogus websites to sell poorly made, counterfeit products, in that case -- hair straighteners, to unsuspecting consumers.  Over the years, the electrical industry has seen a similar phenomenon, not on fake "branded" websites devoted to selling only counterfeit items, but primarily English-language websites in China aimed at Read more [...]
A Campaign to Eliminate Electrical Counterfeit Products

A Campaign to Eliminate Electrical Counterfeit Products

For years, the counterfeit products that law enforcement officials focused on most were products like watches, DVDs, purses, and shoes. Not that I don't sympathize with these industries -- counterfeiting is damaging to society because it diminishes the value of intellectual property, and in extreme cases can take away sales and eat away at market shares of legitimate businesses. But when counterfeit products can kill, it elevates society's concern to an entirely new level. Read more [...]
A Voice of Warning from LA

A Voice of Warning from LA

This past week, Brett Brenner, president of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), did an interview for the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles focusing on raising public awareness of counterfeit products. It is a segment that is well worth watching and that should be replayed in communities across the US. You can watch the segment here.  Over the last few years, the electrical industry has made a concerted effort to fight the rise of counterfeit goods. We have come a long way in educating Read more [...]
Have a Happy Fake Free Holiday Season

Have a Happy Fake Free Holiday Season

Counterfeiting is not a seasonal crime.  Yet the year-end holiday season seems to be a time when cautionary warnings about the dangers of buying counterfeit products are more prevalent.  Like reminders to check batteries in a smoke detector when changing to daylight savings time, the holiday season seems an appropriate time to warn about safe practices.  Just last week, US Customs in Newark, New Jersey seized 31,000 pieces of counterfeit holiday tree lighting that had arrived from Read more [...]
Counterfeits Can Kill!

Counterfeits Can Kill!

So many critical issues face our members these days, from a devastating housing slump that has choked off demand for some electrical products, to a global recession combined with an increasingly strong dollar that will reduce member exports, to a credit crunch that is hurting our small manufacturers. And yet despite those threats, many of our members would say that counterfeit electrical products remain the greatest (long term) risk to their companies. Which is why NEMA and the Electrical Read more [...]