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DHS ICE April 4, 2013 Press Release boasts the indictment and recovery of Peruvian artifacts while done so with corrupt Peruvian Cultural officials. What side of the story is the real problem?

So much has been written, talked about and debated over demands by source countries for the return of cultural artifacts deemed “treasures” or “culturally significant to the national heritage” of a particular claiming  country. Ironic is the fact that over the same decade or so, even long before my appearance on the scene, have I heard from collectors and institutions of ancient items from all cultures on all continents the reality of being required to pay a “gift” or more poignantly, “bribing” government officials as a culturally acceptable practice to conduct business in that country. This topic remains “taboo” though if change is what is needed to protect the U.S. trade then what good is keeping important issues “taboo”.

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Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights - April 17, 2013 in Portland

On April 17, 2013, Richard M. Wortman will be presenting Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights before the Columbia River Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel.  The seminar will take place from 9:00 am through 11:30 am and will be followed by lunch.  The flyer describing the event may be found on the Association’s website - http://crcbfa.org/media/p/1009.aspx.  Please RSVP to Becky Watkins, Education Chair of the Columbia River Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

CBP PROPOSING TO SHARE C-TPAT RECORDS

 

In recent Federal Register Notices (78 Fed. Reg. 15889 and 78 Fed. Reg. 15962, dated March 13, 2013), the Department of Homeland Security simultaneously issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Notice of Privacy Act System of Records concerning information gathered in connection with the Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”).

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Frank J. Desiderio will serve on a panel at the 2013 International Trade Update CLE at Georgetown Law Center

On March 1, 2013, Frank Desiderio will be a panelist at the Georgetown's Law Center's International Trade Update.  He will participate in a panel discussion relating to "Customs Seizure and Forfeiture Process and Protests of Post-Entry Audits."  Additional information about this program is available at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/continuing-legal-education/programs/cle/international-trade-update/

   

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