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[...]
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.[...]
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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