Other Legal Considerations
In conducting international business, U.S. law requires you to avoid certain practices. U.S. companies can also seek general legal advice through a U.S. Government partnership with the Federal Bar Association.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), it is unlawful for a U.S. person or company to offer, pay, or promise to pay money or anything of value to any foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business.
The United States has a policy of opposing restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by foreign countries against other countries friendly to the United States. Learn more about Antiboycott Compliance.
Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN)
ELAN is a nationwide group of attorneys with experience in international trade who volunteer their time to provide initial legal consultations. ELAN is a cooperative program among the Federal Bar Association, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Small Business Administration.