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Senate Proposed Terrorism Art and Antiquity Revenue Protection Act of 2016

The Terrorism Art and Antiquity Revenue Prevention Act of 2016 (TAAR Act) was recently introduced into Congress. The proposed legislation is intended to prevent ISIS stolen antiquities from being trafficked into the United States. However, as written, the new law would have broad impact on the criminal enforcement of all cultural property regardless of origin. 

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Prepare for the April 2017 Customs House Broker License Exam Online or Live at JFK!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., PO Box 8217, Red Bank, NJ 07701, and Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, is offering courses in preparation for the April 2017 Custom House Broker License Exam.

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Arthur W. Bodek Quoted in Bloomberg Article on the Tariff Classification of Halloween Costumes

Just in time for Halloween, Arthur W. Bodek was quoted in a recent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek on Rubies (the world’s biggest costume maker) and the challenges of obtaining duty-free treatment for imported costumes under the flimsiness standard used by Customs. 

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Government of Greece Arrests Dozens for Looting Ancient Treasures

Greek law enforcement arrested dozens of people and recovered large caches of looted archaeological finds resulting in the identification of a major smuggling ring (see below link). U.S. dealers, collectors and auctions houses need beware. Since Greece passed a National Ownership Law in 1926, much of what has been looted and sold to and through European and U.S. auction houses, museums, dealers, collectors and institutions might become not so good news.  Invariably, customs efforts, border controls and customs documentation tell the tale of who possibly purchased one or some of the looted objects. At GDLSK, we monitor such cases and advise clients on how best to respond should it be discovered that one or some of such items were innocently purchased or consigned and sold through you. Contact James McAndrew via email or phone at 212-973-7706 for more information.

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/police-in-greece-arrest-26-in-bust-of-alleged-antiquities-smuggling-ring/

   

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