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Senate Proposed Terrorism Art and Antiquity Revenue Protection Act of 2016

The Terrorism Art and Antiquity Revenue Prevention Act of 2016 (TAAR Act) was recently introduced into Congress. The proposed legislation is intended to prevent ISIS stolen antiquities from being trafficked into the United States. However, as written, the new law would have broad impact on the criminal enforcement of all cultural property regardless of origin. 

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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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United States Officially Withdraws from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”)

Making good on a campaign pledge, President Trump today signed an Executive Order withdrawing the U.S. from the TPP process, the marquee trade initiative of the prior administration.

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Important Reminder: Permit User Fee

On November 29, CBP posted a Federal Register Notice reminding the brokerage community that the Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2017 is due by February 3, 2017.

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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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