Companies looking to export goods to Dubai need to be aware that it takes proper precaution before they submit the export documents to U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP" or "Customs"). We have dealt with many cases where Customs is suspicious as to the end user of said goods. Conversations with CBP personnel have indicated that Dubai is a major reexporter of goods to Iran. As of today's blog post, the U.S. maintains sanctions against Iran. See our previous posts on Iran and sanctions here. As a result, goods may[...]
Petitions for Remission or Mitigation of Forfeiture ("petition for relief") are written presentations (sometimes supplemented with an oral presentation) whereby an alleged violator of a customs law or regulation responds to the government's issuance of a penalty, claim for liquidated damages, or notice of seizure. A petition is the means for the alleged violator to convince Customs that there is a reason to remit or mitigate the penalty, liquidated damages, or seizure. Petitions are usually due 30 days from the date stamp on the notice (not the date in which it[...]
Have you received a letter from Customs that looks like this http://twitpic.com/9j9rll ? U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the agency responsible for protecting our borders. Accordingly, Customs officials at seaports, airports, and other border crossings all over the U.S. have the authority to examine, detain, and/or seize merchandise entering or exiting the country. More often than not, importers and exporters are surprised and intimidated when they find out that the government has intervened in their business. As a result, it is best to provide my readers some basic knowledge in an[...]
Who is responsible for the costs of opening of a shipment and unloading product by Customs? The importer. Inspections are usually done on an appointment basis and are known to result in days of delay before released from Customs custody. Further, costs involving demurrage and storage charges are the responsibility of the importer. In addition, there is generally no liability on the part of Customs for loss or damages to ones merchandise during the course of inspection.[...]
Can U.S. Customs seize your money at the airport? Yes, if one failed to properly report all cash and cash equivalents transported into or out of the country. See Currency and Foreign Transaction Reporting Act (31 U.S.C. 5311, et seq.) When do I have to declare my money to Customs? Most people are uninformed of the reporting requirement however, “If you transport, attempt to transport, or cause to be transported (including by mail or other means) currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 or its foreign equivalent) at[...]
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