In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2016, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (“CITA”) announced its approval of a short supply petition filed by GDLSK seeking a determination that certain warp stretch woven rayon blend fabrics are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA–DR (Central America Free Trade Agreement – Dominican Republic) countries.

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Fundamentals of Foreign-Trade Zones: NAFTZ Spring Seminar

David M. Murphy is speaking at the 30th Annual Spring Seminar of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones in Nashville, TN (May 22-24, 2016).  Mr. Murphy will speak on the “Fundamentals of Foreign-Trade Zones” on May 23.  The program includes seminars addressing topics currently affecting FTZ grantees, operators and users from beginners to the advanced professional. For more information about this topic, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Prepare for the October 2016 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 a courses in preparation for the October 2016 Custom House Broker License Exam.  This course also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker's exam.

These events are approved by The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) for 20 Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) continuing education points.

Information on the CCS program is available by clicking on the above logo.

Two courses are being held.  A live course is being held at JFK Airport.

Dates:           Beginning on July 11 – October 3 (Ten classes).

Time:             5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. -- Monday Evenings

Location:       JFK Airport, Building #14

Register:        Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               Employees of NY/NJ FFF&BA, NCBFAA or Westconn Members, $650 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal or copying this link to your browser

                      Non-members, $750 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal.)

For those unable to attend the live course, an on-line class is being offered

Dates:           Beginning July 12 – October 4  (Ten sessions).

Time:            2-hour Webinars, Tuesday Evenings 6-8 pm Eastern Time –

Register:       Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               $400.00.  We encourage you to pay via PayPal by clicking or copying this link to your browser.

We must receive payment before the first class.  Information regarding where to log on will be sent upon receipt of full payment.  Checks must be received prior to the first class. 

The exam tests knowledge of U.S. Customs regulations, classification, valuation, broker regulation, and entry preparation.  It is advisable that students have some experience in import operations or customs brokerage.  U.S. Government regulations require that applicants for a broker license be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and U.S. citizens.  To sit for the exam, one must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a U.S. citizen on the day of the exam.  All participants must have the current Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (2016 No Supplements) and the Customs Regulation (19 Code of Federal Regulations revised as of April 1, 2016 Parts 0 to End).  A loose-leaf edition of the regulations is also available.  Please make sure you have received the latest updates with your purchase. 

You can purchase the HTSUS and Customs Regulations from either of two sources.  Boskage Commerce Publications (a Thomson Reuters company)  offers the HTSUS, Customs Regulations and additional materials and guarantees the correct editions for all students who purchase their Required Testing Material Packages (or individual books for specific exams). (Note: be sure to purchase the editions specific to the exam for which you are planning to study.)  Boskage sells both the HTSUS and the Customs Regulations in loose-leaf versions that include binders and convenient tabs.  Please refer to the website or call Boskage directly at (888) 880-4088 for prices, shipping fees, subscriptions, and other information.  These Government publications are also available from Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, D.C. 20402 (1-866-512-1800 or 1-202-512-1800) or online at  Delivery can take from 3 to 8 weeks.  You can charge your purchase on American Express, Visa or MasterCard. 

As part of the fee for the course, each participant will receive a course book including materials to assist in the preparation of the exam (Customs directives, pipelines, decisions, etc.) and prior Customs broker examinations.  The exams will be for you to take at home and review to discuss in class.  Practicing the prior exams assists you in familiarizing you to the format and manner of the exam.

David M. Murphy, Esq. will lead the webinar series.  David M. Murphy is a licensed Customs broker since 1992, a NCBFAA “Certified Customs Specialist,” an attorney and partner with the law firm of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt LLP.  Mr. Murphy has taught a Broker Exam review course in the Port of New York since 1996 and has over twenty five years’ experience in handling Customs brokerage issues as well as customs and trade issues including U.S. export control, FTZs, and international sanctions programs.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:  David M. Murphy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or call at 212-557-4000.


CPSC Obtains $15.45 Million Civil Penalty for Defective Dehumidifiers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently entered into a $15,450,000 settlement agreement with Gree, a manufacturer and importer of dehumidifiers produced in China. 

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