Speaking in Seoul on Korea Free Trade

At the invitation of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and the Kim & Chang law firm, Alan Lebowitz spoke at the Free Trade Agreement seminar held in Seoul on March 9.

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Anti-Dumping Duty Victory for Vietnamese Fish Fillet Exporters

As attorneys for the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP), GDLSK has scored another victory in the antidumping case on fish fillets from Vietnam.

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GDLSK Wins Container Store Litigation on Parts of Furniture

In Container Store v. United States, Court No. 05-00385, we successfully challenged CBP’s erroneous classification of the Container Store’s modular elfa® brand shelving and drawer system components before the U.S. Court of International Trade. The specific items at issue (called a top track and hanging standard) formed the backbone of the elfa® modular shelving system. CBP had erroneously classified the merchandise at issue under Heading 8302, HTSUS, as base metal mountings and fittings, dutiable at 3.2% ad valorem. The CIT properly reclassified the merchandise as parts of furniture under Heading 9403, HTSUS, free of duty.

The full decision can be found by clicking here.


GDLSK Litigates the Classification of Body Supporting Garments

We were recently on trial in the U.S. Court of International Trade challenging U.S. Customs’ classification of a women’s garment known as a shelf bra cami or bra top camisole. The plaintiffs in these cases are Victoria’s Secret Direct (“VSD”) and New York & Company (“NY & Co.”). The garments at issue have a tank top or camisole silhouette and contain a built in brassiere. Customs classified these garments as sportswear under various tariff provisions with duty rates ranging from 16.5% ad valorem to 28.2 % ad valorem, depending upon the fiber content of the garment. We believe that the garments are properly classifiable as body-supporting garments and dutiable at the rate of 6.6% ad valorem.

The judge is expected to issue his decision sometime in 2012 and an appeal is expected. Companies importing similar items, who are interested in protecting their rights to potential duty refunds, or in obtaining refunds on past importations, should contact us.


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