Fundamentals of Foreign-Trade Zones: NAFTZ Spring Seminar

David M. Murphy is speaking at the 30th Annual Spring Seminar of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones in Nashville, TN (May 22-24, 2016).  Mr. Murphy will speak on the “Fundamentals of Foreign-Trade Zones” on May 23.  The program includes seminars addressing topics currently affecting FTZ grantees, operators and users from beginners to the advanced professional. For more information about this topic, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Fundamentals of Export Compliance Course Live in Los Angeles

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a course that will provide an in-depth review of regulatory requirements under the Census Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, OFAC regulations, ITAR and U.S. Customs export regulations.  It will also cover practical advice for implementing and improving corporate export compliance procedures and for managing incidents of non-compliance.  The course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, a partner resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office.  The two-day course takes place on April 25 & 26, 2016.

If you would like further information, including a list of topics that will be covered, and registration information, please open the link below or contact Erik Smithweiss.


CPSC Obtains $15.45 Million Civil Penalty for Defective Dehumidifiers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recently entered into a $15,450,000 settlement agreement with Gree, a manufacturer and importer of dehumidifiers produced in China. 

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Collection Management: Averting the Inevitable

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues on their path to investigate and recover stolen and looted works of art with more effectiveness and efficiency. As is states in the recent press release (see the link below), their ability is bolstered by the strong relationships forged with foreign law enforcement over the past fifteen years when I headed the agencies art and antiquity theft program.  It was and remains never an acceptable position to trade or collect objects with poor provenance.  At GDLSK we counsel collectors and dealers alike on better business practices.  We offer proprietary measures to reduce adverse claims against items in your collection without harm to your reputation and business. Contact Forensic Specialist James McAndrew at 212-973-7706 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.


New CPSC Requirements for Self-Balancing Scooters (Hover Boards)

In a recently published letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) urged the trade to make certain that self-balancing scooters (hover boards) comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272 – Outline on Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters.   In addition, the CPSC indicated that all lithium ion battery products must comply with test requirements under UN/DOT 38.3 Transport of Dangerous Goods for Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries.

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