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Role of Centers of Excellence and Expertise Expands Further

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been in the process of expanding the role that the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers) play in the import process.  The Centers are hubs of knowledge established by CBP that are in place to aid CBP address issues related to ten different industry-specific categories.  For example, the Center [...]

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

Panama Papers and More – Recent FCPA Actions

The release of the so-called Panama Papers and the launch of a pilot self-disclosure program for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) have added to the flurry of activity related to the FCPA. The Panama Papers are voluminous set of leaked documents that detail the existence and contents of private offshore accounts.  The Securities and Exchange Commission [...]

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

Changes to Miscellaneous Tariff Bills

Both the House and Senate recently passed a bill which modifies the process for enacting miscellaneous trade bills. Notably, the bill revamps the process for considering duty suspension and reductions found in chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS.)  The revamped process will involve United States manufacturers submitting petitions to [...]

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

Opportunities in Cuba Expanding

Although the Cuban embargo is still largely in place, opportunities for businesses and individuals have expanded greatly in Cuba.  Most recently, On April 22, 2016, the United States expanded the list of goods and services produced by “independent Cuban entrepreneurs” which may be imported into the United States.  The day before, the Office of Foreign [...]

2017-01-04T21:05:11+00:00May 11th, 2016|News & Events|

ITC notice of AD/CVD Investigations on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate

The International Trade Commission (USITC) gave notice announcing the institution of investigations on imports of certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey. The products covered by these investigations include certain carbon and alloy steel hot-rolled or forged flat plate products [...]

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

Importers of Canadian and Mexican Prepared Foods Will Be Driven “Nuts” by Recent Ruling Letter Modifications

For over a decade, CBP has ruled that raw nuts imported into Mexico or Canada, that were then roasted and blanched or salted, qualified for preferential tariff treatment under the NAFTA upon importation into the United States and permitted to be marked accordingly. But, pursuant to CBP’s recent decision, which takes effect May 9, 2016, [...]

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

Pennsylvania Company Pays $3 Million in FCA Suit

On February 22, 2016, the Department of Justice announced that a group of importers agreed to pay $3 million to resolve a False Claims Act suit against them. The United States alleged a conspiracy to circumvent an anti-dumping order on small-diameter graphite electrodes from China. They allegedly lied about the size of the electrodes they imported because [...]

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

Hoverboards in CBP’s Crosshairs

On February 24, 2016 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 41 hoverboards with counterfeit batteries (click here for the press release). The batteries in the recent seizure are alleged to have a counterfeit “Samsung” trademark. The allegedly counterfeit Samsung batteries and others like them have been the objects of ongoing seizure activities by CBP. According to CBP’s website, [...]

2017-01-04T21:14:57+00:00March 11th, 2016|News & Events|