In the past we wrote an article about importing remanufactured or refurbished cellular phones here. Based on frequent phone calls pertaining to this issue there is some additional information for importers of such products to know. Best to explain with the following fact pattern: A U.S. company exports broken Apple and Samsung phones to a China factory for repairs. The phones may have various issues including failed battery, cracked screens, scratched or damaged housing i.e. backplate and front plate of the phone, or defective camera. These phones are then repaired[...]
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[...]
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