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  • Remanufactured or Refurbished Cell Phone Importing – What Should You Know?

    There is a big market for used cell phones around the world.  Accordingly, we come into contact with many entrepreneurs who are involved in the secondary cell phone market.  As a result, we have handled many cases involving refurbished or remanufactured cell phones. Your typical fact pattern involves a U.S. company that would export broken cell phones to a refurbishing center in a foreign country. Depending on the nature of repair, the cell phones would undergo a thorough repairing process before they are considered to be back in good working order.[...]

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  • Smoke Shop Importing Into the U.S. – What Should You Know?

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP or Customs) is the federal agency in charge of determining the admissibility of items sold in smoke shops across the country.  Presently, we have been asked by importers across the United States for information regarding how to determine whether ones product will meet scrutiny by CBP.  Moreover, whether Customs would permit entry of these products into the United States. For such products like water pipes, grinders, blunt wraps/wrappers, and vaporizers CBP will consider whether the specific product you are attempting to import constitutes "drug paraphernalia."[...]

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  • Everything You Need to Know About an FDA Notice of Action

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP or Customs) works in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that products are in full compliance before they are imported or exported to and from the United States. At times, the FDA or Customs may deny the entry of a product if they determine that a good or product fails to meet strict import/export requirements. When this happens, the product is detained for further examination. Depending on the findings of the examination, the FDA may issue a Notice of[...]

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  • Frequently Getting Selected by Customs and Border Protection for Additional Screening at U.S. Ports or Borders? Here’s What You Can Do…

    If you find yourself consistently being detained for secondary screenings at U.S. entry ports when returning from international destinations, you should probably contact the Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Redress Inquiry Program ("DHS TRIP"). The above statement also applies to travelers who: Often face problems at ports of entry Were delayed or denied entrance on an airplane Were denied or delayed when trying to enter or exit U.S. ports of entry or border checkpoints. Feel that they have been improperly or unfairly: denied, delayed, or required to undergo additional screening[...]

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  • Understanding the Charges That Come with a CBP Inspection Conducted at a Centralized Examination Station

    If you have recently had a container inspected by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), you are probably wondering why you are being charged by the Centralized Examination Station (CES) conducting the inspection. While those charges might seem strange at first, it’s all part of the regular examination process. Every day, thousands of shipments make their way through U.S. ports of entry, and it is the CBP’s responsibility to ensure that these shipments do not contain contraband or otherwise illegal items. In order to protect our borders CBP has the right[...]

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  • How to Successfully Be Removed from the FDA’s Import Alert List

    It’s not always a good thing to be “on the list,” particularly if you’re on the black list. One such black list is the FDA’s Import Alert list. Being placed on this can mean big problems for a company, and it requires the assistance of a professional customs attorney to petition for removal. What is the FDA’s Import Alert List? Basically, if a company is placed on this list, it means the FDA is providing a warning to importers around the world that the company’s products present safety concerns. If[...]

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  • Global Entry – Expedited Clearance for Travelers Through U.S. Customs

    International travelers, do you hate waiting on line in order to clear Customs at airports around the country? Global entry is a program established by  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that expedites clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.  Instead of waiting on those long lines, one is able process their clearance through Customs at Global Entry kiosks where one can scan their passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. In order to[...]

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  • Currency Seizure: Transporting Cash Through FedEx, UPS, or DHL

    Have you ever thought of placing cash inside of an envelope and sending it across the globe?  There are places around the world where one will find strict economic controls on their people or have problems with crime.  As such, sending money to friends and family becomes a dangerous and/or difficult process.  For example, if your friend was in dire need of money and the only way of getting it to him was to place cash in a box and ship it to a specific location, would you? If you[...]

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  • Land Rover Defender Destroyed By U.S. Customs – How Can This Be Prevented?

    I have represented many importers looking to import vehicles from around the world into the United States.  For those doing so, one must ensure that the vehicle is in compliance with the laws and regulations of the Department of Transportation. Otherwise, entry into the United States will be prevented by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. If a violation is found, the importer will face the possibility of a seizure and severe penalties for failing to comply.  If you find yourself in such a situation best to contact an attorney experienced[...]

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  • U.S. Export Sanctions to Iran Lifted on Electronic Devices

    On May 30, 2013, the U.S. government issued a General License on the export of electronic devices such as, cellphones, laptops, computers, and wireless routers to Iran.  This effectively ended a ban that has been in place since 1992.  According to the Department of Treasury's press release "this General License aims to empower the Iranian people as their government intensifies its efforts to stifle their access to information."  Pursuant to 31 C.F.R. Part 560 the General License does not authorize the export of any listed equipment to the Iranian government[...]

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