Prepare for the October 2017 Customs House Broker License Exam Online or Live!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., JFK Airport Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association 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 2017 Custom House Broker License Exam.

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Update on ADD/CVD Compliance and the New Enforce and Protect Regulations

Erik Smithweiss will be presenting a webinar for the NCBFAA on Tuesday September 20, 2016 regarding antidumping duty and countervailing duty (ADD/CVD) compliance for brokers and importers, including the new ADD/CVD evasion provisions in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  He will joined by Carrie Owens, the Acting Director of Operations for the EAPA and E-Allegations Division in the Trade Remedy & Law Enforcement (CTE) directorate in the Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In this position, Ms. Owens oversees the implementation of CBP's recent Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) regulations in 19 CFR Part 165, which cover the Investigation of Claims of Evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders. 

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Duty Savings Opportunity for Leather Handbag Importers

Importers of leather handbags may have the opportunity to reduce their duty rate on some styles by more than half by reclassifying their products.

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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.


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