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Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights - April 17, 2013 in Portland

On April 17, 2013, Richard M. Wortman will be presenting Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights before the Columbia River Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel.  The seminar will take place from 9:00 am through 11:30 am and will be followed by lunch.  The flyer describing the event may be found on the Association’s website - http://crcbfa.org/media/p/1009.aspx.  Please RSVP to Becky Watkins, Education Chair of the Columbia River Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

CBP Agrees to Cancel PMS Late Filing Claims

The Customs & Border Protection National Finance Center has recently issued liquidated damages claims in connection with Periodic Monthly Statements (“PMS”) where payments were made late. These claims have for the most part been issued against the importers of record who have generally sought to claim against the broker for causing the late payment.

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CBP PROPOSING TO SHARE C-TPAT RECORDS

 

In recent Federal Register Notices (78 Fed. Reg. 15889 and 78 Fed. Reg. 15962, dated March 13, 2013), the Department of Homeland Security simultaneously issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Notice of Privacy Act System of Records concerning information gathered in connection with the Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”).

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Reminder on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Tax on Imports

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently increased its scrutiny of importers who are subject to the Ozone-Depleting Chemicals (ODC) excise tax. They are conducting audits, and proposing multi-million dollar assessments for compliance failures. Since 1989, an excise tax is imposed on any imported ozone-depleting chemical (“ODC”) and any imported products in which an ODC was used in the manufacturing process (“Imported Taxable Products”).

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Frank J. Desiderio will serve on a panel at the 2013 International Trade Update CLE at Georgetown Law Center

On March 1, 2013, Frank Desiderio will be a panelist at the Georgetown's Law Center's International Trade Update.  He will participate in a panel discussion relating to "Customs Seizure and Forfeiture Process and Protests of Post-Entry Audits."  Additional information about this program is available at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/continuing-legal-education/programs/cle/international-trade-update/

   

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