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Event: 4th International Conference of Fashion Incubators, Toronto, Canada

On October 21, 2013, Frances P. Hadfield and Ashlee Froesse of Gilbert’s LLP will conduct a legal seminar on Global Issues facing the Fashion Industry at the 4th International Conference of Fashion Incubators in Toronto, Canada that will go beyond national borders to look at the international legal considerations that impact most fashion businesses.

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Payment of Broker Permit User Fee Due January 20, 2012

As a reminder, the Customs broker user fee of $138 for each permit (local and national) is due on Friday, January 20, 2012.

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National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) Annual Conference Sept. 8-11, 2013

David M. Murphy will address the NAFTZ Annual Conference on September 11, 2013.  The conference entitled FTZs:  A Gateway to Global Opportunities provides a combination of general sessions and specialized breakout tracks for FTZ Grantees and Operator/Users.  Mr. Murphy will be presenting “The Price is Right: Structuring Transactions to Meet CBP Requirements.”

   

Customs Issues Textiles and Apparel Enforcement Statistics

Textiles and apparel continue to be politically and economically sensitive commodities. Complex regulations and the increasing number of trade agreements and trade preference programs (each with unique requirements) create opportunities for fraud.

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COURT REJECTS CUSTOMS’ INTERPRETATION OF “ACCESSORIES AND REINFORCEMENTS” UNDER CHAPTER 64 NOTE 4

On August 2, 2013, the U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) issued a decision in Alpinestars SpA v. United States, Slip Op. 13-98, granting judgment for the importer.  In the decision, the court rejected U.S. Customs’ interpretation of the term “accessories or reinforcements” under Chapter 64 Note 4(a), which the agency had used to classify the motocross boots as footwear with uppers predominantly of plastic, dutiable at 20%  ad valorem.  In reversing Customs’ decision, the CIT found that the boots had uppers predominately of leather and were therefore subject to a substantially lower duty rate of 8.5%  ad valorem.  Alpinestars was represented by the following lawyers at our firm: Erik D. Smithweiss, Heather C. Litman, and Robert B. Silverman.

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