Terms of Use

Welcome to the Global Trade Expertise (GTE) website (the "Website"). Please review the following terms and conditions concerning your use of the Website. By accessing, using or downloading information, documents, software, or any other materials from the Website, you agree to follow and be bound by these terms and conditions (the "Terms"), which GTE may update at any time without notice. You should visit this page periodically to review the current Terms of Use. Please note that GTE may, at its sole discretion, terminate your access to this Website at any time without notice.

Not Legal Advice

The materials and information contained on this Website are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be considered legal advice. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between the sender and receiver. Visitors to this Website should not act upon any information found on this website without first seeking professional legal counsel. Do not transmit any confidential information to us until you first get authorization to send that information to us. 

Intellectual Property Rights

All materials provided on this website, including but not limited to, information, documents products, logos, graphics, sounds, images, software, and services (“Materials”), are provided either by GTE or by their respective third party manufacturers, authors, developers, and vendors (“Third Party Providers”) and are protected by applicable laws. All copyright, trademark, and other rights in the Website and materials as well as all services relating thereto, are reserved to GTE and/or its Third Party Providers.

Use of Website Content

You may display, copy, distribute, and download GTE’s Materials on this Website provided that: (1) the use of such Materials is solely for personal, non-commercial, and informational use and will not be copied or posted on any networked computer, broadcast in any media, or used for commercial gain; and (2) the Materials are not modified in any way. Except as expressly provided in these Terms, none of the Materials may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, or transmitted in any form or other means, without the prior express written permission of GTE or the Third Party Provider. Also, you may not “mirror” any Materials contained on this Website on any other server without GTE’s prior express written permission. This permission terminates automatically without notice if you breach any of these Terms. Upon termination, you will immediately destroy any downloaded or printed Materials. Any unauthorized use of any Materials contained on this Website may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, privacy and publicity laws, and communications laws and regulations.


The trademarks, service marks, and logos of GTE and others used in this Website (“Trademarks”) are the property of GTE and their respective owners. You have no right to use any such Trademarks, and nothing contained in this Website or the Terms of Use grants any right to use (by implication, waiver, estoppel, or otherwise) any Trademarks without the prior written permission of GTE or the respective owner.

Links to Third Party Websites

As a convenience to you and without endorsement, this Website contains links to websites controlled by third parties. Such linked third party sites are not under the control of GTE and GTE is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. GTE reserves the right to terminate any link at any time. You agree to assume all the risk of your use of any linked site. GTE disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, to any such linked sites, including but not limited to, any terms as to the accuracy, ownership, validity, or legality of any content of a linked site.

Reader Comments

Views expressed by readers in comments to blog posts are views of those readers alone and are not the views of GTE. Readers leaving comments grant to GTE all intellectual property rights in such comments, including the right to edit or modify such comments. Comments may be edited or deleted for any reason at the sole discretion and option of GTE.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless GTE from and against any and all third party claims, liabilities, damages, losses, or expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) arising out of, based on or in connection with your access and/or use of this Website.

Warranties and Disclaimers

GTE assumes no responsibility for accuracy, correctness, timeliness, or content of the Materials provided on this Website. You should not assume that the Materials on this Website are continuously updated or otherwise contain current information. GTE is not responsible for supplying content or materials from the Website that have expired or have been removed. The Materials provided on this Website are provided “as is” and any warranty (express or implied), condition or other term of any kind, including without limitation, any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or title is hereby excluded. 

In no event shall GTE be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages including, without limitation, loss of profits or revenues, costs of replacement goods, loss or damage to data arising out of the use or inability to use this Website or any linked site, damages resulting from the use of or reliance on the information or materials presented on this Website, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory even if GTE has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The Website is controlled by GTE from its offices in Walnut Creek, California, United States of America. All matters relating to your access and use of this Website shall be governed by the federal laws of the United States and the laws of the State of California. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any actions arising out of, or relating to or in any way connected with your access and/or use of this Website shall be in Contra Costa County, California if in state court and in the Northern District of California if in Federal Court.

You may not access, download, use or export the materials, products, or services contained on the Website in violation of U.S. export laws or regulations, or in violation of any applicable local laws or regulations.