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OFAC Settlement for Alleged Violations Involving Medical Sealant and Samples

A North Carolina corporation settled with OFAC after agreeing to pay $107,691.30 for potential civil liability due to alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). The company allegedly exported medical sealant and samples to a UAE distributer with knowledge or reason to know that the exports were to be reexported to Iran. [...]

2017-01-04T20:53:30+00:00August 5th, 2016|News & Events|

ITC to Begin Accepting MTB Petitions

Although no suspensions or reductions are currently in effect, temporary duty suspensions and reductions are listed in chapter 99, subchapter II of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Addressing temporary duty suspensions, Congress passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) establishing a petition process that will replace these individual [...]

2018-04-23T16:17:50+00:00July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

CIT Reiterates in Toth that Government Cannot Bring Penalty Claim that CBP Did Not Allege in Penalty Notice

United States v. Toth, No. 15-00206 (C.I.T. June 20, 2016), involved whether the Government could allege a penalty claim in a complaint that CBP did not allege in the earlier penalty notices. In Toth, the Government alleged that Leslie M. Toth and LBS Marketing, Inc. (Toth) fraudulently entered crawfish meat as langostino. U.S. Customs and Border [...]

2017-01-04T20:54:05+00:00July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

OtterBox Products Continues to Fight Customs Over the Classification of Phone Cases

Throughout the spring and summer of 2012 OtterBox entered into the commerce of the United States shipments of the Commuter and Defender Series phone cases. Customs classified the cases under subheading 4202.99.9000 HTSUS (covering all manner of containers) which carries a 20% duty rate. OtterBox challenged this classification in the Court of International Trade and argued that [...]

2018-04-23T16:17:50+00:00July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

Illegal export of controlled Items to China results in $575,000 penalty from BIS

A Michigan company has been ordered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to pay $575,000 in penalties for improperly classifying items subject to Export Classification Control Number (ECCN) 9B106.a. The items are allegedly controlled for missile technology (MT) reasons and were exported on 20 occasions over three years to the People’s Republic of [...]

2018-04-23T16:17:50+00:00July 5th, 2016|News & Events|

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Update

On June 7, 2016, two non-prosecution agreements were reached in FCPA cases. One agreement was reached between the Securities and Exchange Commission and a Massachusetts-based internet services provider, in the amount of $652,452 plus interest. The SEC’s investigation led them to a foreign subsidiary that used bribes to induce Chinese officials to purchase more services [...]

2017-01-04T20:55:41+00:00July 5th, 2016|News & Events|

It may not be too late to apply for retroactive GSP!!!

We have recently encountered several cases where, for one reason or another, importers did not apply for retroactive GSP prior to the December 28th deadline.  We have thoroughly researched the issue and we believe that it is possible in many instances to successfully apply for retroactive GSP – even now. If you or any importers have missed [...]

2016-08-16T20:57:54+00:00June 11th, 2016|Spotlight|

What is a “Part?” Recent Rulings Reiterate.

Classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is made in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs), and the Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation explain that “(c) a provision for parts of an article covers products solely or principally used as a part of such articles but a provision for “parts” or [...]

2016-08-16T20:57:54+00:00May 11th, 2016|News & Events|

Furniture Importer Agrees to Pay $15 Million for Customs Fraud

On April 27, 2016, the Department of Justice announced that Z Gallerie LLC, an upscale furniture seller, has agreed to pay $15 million to resolve a False Claims Act suit alleging Customs fraud.  The United States alleged that Z Gallerie engaged in a seven-year scheme to evade antidumping duties of imported wooden bedroom furniture from [...]

2016-08-16T20:57:54+00:00May 11th, 2016|News & Events|