As a Customs attorney I find it surprising that intellectual property holders do not take advantage of Customs and Border Protection's ("CBP") ability to protect their intellectual property ("IP"). CBP is authorized to search all imports/exports and exclude, detain, and/or seize products that are counterfeit or otherwise infringing on the intellectual property of the IP holder. The way to gain the assistance of CBP is to utilize their Intellectual Property Rights Recordation System CBP's record system is separate and apart from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Copyright office[...]
As an attorney who focuses on import and export laws I have worked with clients who have been approached online by Ghanaians at a dating website or other forum offering a chance to purchase gold. One must take a look at the totality of circumstances in determining whether these are legitimate. More than a majority of these are scams in an effort to con persons into wiring money and never seeing a return. The U.S. Embassy has posted helpful information on this topic here: http://ghana.usembassy.gov/romance_scam.html. If you have questions or[...]
In general, a commercial invoice should provide enough information for a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer to determine if the goods being imported are admissible, and if so, what the correct rate of duty should be applicable based on its Harmonized Tariff Number. Customs does not provide a specific format for a commercial invoice, however they do provide the elements that should be on an invoice in 19 C.F.R. 141.85. At a minimum, an invoice should: 1. Describe the item clearly 2. Give the quantity 3. State the value[...]
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