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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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  • Customs Attorney: Liquidated Damages – Amended Guidelines for Untimely Petitions and Mitigation of Claims

    Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") amended its guidelines for the cancellation and mitigation of claims for liquidated damages in situations where the Petitioner is late in filing claims for relief.  Petitions are considered "untimely" or "late" if they fall outside of the established regulatory time frames or after the expiration of any lawfully obtained extensions.  19 C.F.R. Part 172. Under the new guidelines, untimely petitions will be accepted or considered only if the petitioner is able to demonstrate the existence of "extraordinary circumstances that prevented the petitioner from[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: Confidential Treatment of Shipping Manifests

    How can I prevent information about my imports from being available to the public? As some of you may or may not be aware pursuant to the privacy statute, 19 C.F.R. § 103.31 (d), the public is allowed to collect manifest data (e.g., bills of lading) at every port of entry. The information is limited to vessel manifests (air, rail, and truck manifests will not be available to the general public in any form). Websites such as panjiva.com and importgenius.com collect and publish names of importers/suppliers/manufacturers from vessel manifest data.[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: New Rule and Duty Rate Governing Textile-Bottomed Footwear! DECEMBER 3, 2011

    THE FOLLOWING WILL BE IN EFFECT DECEMBER 3, 2011.Ever since an intelligent business man designed footwear with a textile outer sole (i.e. textile bottom) that footwear was subject to duty rates approximately 25% - 35% lower than equivalent footwear with a rubber or plastic outer sole - what a way to utilize Tariff Engineering! President Obama signed Presidential Proclamation 8742 that was published in the Federal Register on November 3, 2011. What the Proclamation did was add a U.S. Note 5 to the footwear Chapter in the tariff schedule ("Chapter[...]

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