Commercial Appeal on 8th July poses this question over the court case in the US where Fedex is suing the US Government department.  The case is essentially about how much responsibility should FedEx and other carriers bear for customers making illegal shipments?  In June, FedEx filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the Department of Commerce from enforcing certain regulations against it.  Quoted in the article, a specialist lawyers says that shippers expect transportation companies like FedEx to figure out if their shipment is an export violation instead of figuring it out themselves, even if they are legally responsible, but when the carrier handles millions of packages daily, that’s not an easy task.  In 2017, FedEx paid a $500,000 penalty plus interest after being charged with 53 violations from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, and the company handles some 15 million packages a day.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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