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Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Seminar in Boston - New Date

On May 15, 2013, Arthur W. Bodek will be presenting at a Free Trade Agreement Seminar in Boston sponsored by CONECT (Coalition of New England Companies for Trade).  His topic will be “Stories from the trenches – real life examples and case studies of how claims can go wrong (and hidden opportunities found).”  Other panellists will be addressing general requirements under FTAs and Preference Programs (including the recent Korea, Panama and Colombia Free Trade Agreements).

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The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

On January 1, 2012, The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act will go into effect.

Under this new California law, many large retail companies and manufacturers who do business in California will need to post on their corporate websites what specific steps, if any, the company undertakes to ensure that their product supply chain is free from slavery and human trafficking.

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Customs Valuation Basics 101 Webinar

Customs Valuation Basics 101 Webinar – May 22, 2013

On May 22, 2013, David M. Murphy will be presenting a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) on “Valuation Basics 101: The Six Steps”.  Clink on the link to register.  The webinar is approved for 1 CCS credit by the NCBFAA National Education Institute.  The webinar is free to NAFTZ members; non-members can register for $95. 

   

CBP Proposes to Increase the Informal Entry Limit and Eliminate the Formal Entry Requirement for Low Value Shipments of Textiles and Apparel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) which would increase the informal entry limit from $2,000 to $2,500. Most significantly, however, the NPRM proposes to eliminate the existing regulation which requires formal entry for shipments of textile and apparel valued in excess of $250. Under the proposed rule, textile and apparel shipments valued up to $2,500 could be cleared with an informal entry.

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Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Remands Section 1520 (d) Post-Entry NAFTA Claim Litigation Back to the Court of International Trade for Further Consideration

In Ford Motor Company v United States, Appeal 2012-1186, decided May 3, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) reversed a decision by the Court of International Trade (“CIT”) denying Ford’s post-entry Section 520(d) claim for NAFTA duty refunds.

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