Welcome to The Trade Practitioner, a resource for current developments in international trade and national security. This blog provides a wealth of information to help you strengthen organizational trade compliance, gain regulatory understanding and heighten awareness to the impact that national security concerns have on international trade. The blog also tracks important trade policy issues and international trade agreement negotiations.  The Topics column below organizes our blog posts by focus areas, and the sections on CFIUS Resources, Targeted: Non-US Organizations and Persons and Learning Center are reservoirs of pertinent official government publications and our original contents, including thought leadership, presentations and training materials. Scroll down further to Events and Training Opportunities for information on a variety of gatherings that may be of interest to you.

Export Controls & Sanctions
Trade Policy & Market Access
Trade Remedy & Defense
CFIUS Filings & Developments
Customs & Tariffs
European Regulation
US Government Contracts
*COVID-19 Coronavirus*
We update our CFIUS Resources page continuously to provide you with reliable, timely information on CFIUS filings and statuses, and related regulatory developments.
We track developments of international trade relevance related to non-US organizations and persons that have been targeted by the US government on the grounds of national security and foreign policy.


In our Learning Center you will find PowerPoint presentations and webinars on export controls, sanctions and other trade compliance and policy topics.  You will also find our ITAR Practitioner’s Handbook (2019) and other materials.


COMPLIANCE2020™ Trade Compliance and Emerging Policy | Virtual | June 23-24, 2020. Streaming live from Washington DC and London, Content Enabler’s COMPLIANCE2020™ event series offers 6 virtual compliance workshops, convenes 21 world-recognized compliance leaders – featuring Matt Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration – for a two-day trade compliance conference to discuss the latest compliance trends of 2020, how they could continue to evolve and their practical implications. Watch this preview by our own George Grammas. See the full agenda. Attend the conference via one of two ways: (1) subscribe to any of the trade compliance practitioner certification series courses; or (2) purchase an event pass with exclusive benefits for participants.

The Clue | Podcast. Amcham Germany interviews Frank Samolis on its podcast The Clue. Topics include impact of the COVID pandemic, evolving US-EU relationship, US-China trade tension and effect on a global scale, and more. Listen here.


(Available in the Learning Center)

  • Introduction to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) – September 2019 | Presentation and webinar.
  • Introduction to the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR) – September 2019 | Presentation and webinar.
  • Anti-corruption, Sanctions and Compliance for Companies Doing Business Between the US and Russia – May 16, 2019 | Webinar.


The Trade Practitioner is a product of the Squire Patton Boggs International Trade Practice. We hope The Trade Practitioner will become your go-to reference, resource and learning center on different international trade topics. Please contact us at InternationalTradeCompliance@squirepb.com with any questions.