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Bulk Cash Smuggling Seizure

Customs bulk cash smuggling seizure occurs when cash that is hidden or concealed is brought into or out of the United States or if it was concealed to avoid filing a report of international transportation of currency or monetary instruments (FinCEN Form 105). Bulk cash smuggling is a reporting offense under the Bank Secrecy Act. […]

The Government Has Seized Your Money

Has the government seized your money?  It is now very easy to have this money refunded. On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Supreme Court decided if the government intended to punish you by seizing your money, then they can be stopped because seizing your money as a punishment violates the Excessive Fines Clause of the […]

Drawback Filers Can Submit Claims Related To Section 301 and/or 201 Duties

On February 8, 2019, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS# 19-000050, entitled, Filing PRE-TFTEA (CORE) and TFTEA Drawback Claims with Section 301 and/or 201 Duties. The CSMS is reproduced below: GUIDANCE: Effective immediately, drawback filers can submit claims related to Section 301 and/or 201 duties. Filers will no longer receive error messages related […]

ICCS USA Corporation v. The United States

This case is a good primer on dealing with UL certified (or allegedly UL certified products). Importers should ask suppliers for confirmation that any UL mark on the product has been approved by Underwriters Laboratories. The supplier (or manufacturer) should be able to produce a certificate. On top of that, the importer should take the […]

Message On Sec 301 Product Exclusions Issued By US-BP

On December 28, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative published Federal Register Notice 83 FR 67463 announcing the decision to grant certain exclusion requests from the 25% duty assessed on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion (Tranche 1), as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s […]

USCBP Publishes It’s New Drawback Regulations Modernized Drawback

CBP’s new drawback regulations issued pursuant to TFTEA became effective on December 17, 2018. These regulations establish new processes for drawback as follows: Liberalizes the merchandise substitution standard Simplifies recordkeeping requirements Extends and standardizes timeliness for filing drawback claims Requires the electronic filing drawback claims

Benefits Of Duty Drawbacks

  If you are an active exporter of previously duty paid imported merchandise, U S Customs and Border Protection’s duty drawback program could offer you substantial monetary benefits.  Additional information may be obtained from our law firm.

Are Dumping and Countervailing Duties Driving Up The Costs Of Your Importations?

Many importers are surprised when they are notified by U S Customs and Border Protection that their products are subject to dumping and countervailing duties that increase their costs by 100%, 200% or more.  One strategy to avoid the AD/CVDs is to obtain a scope ruling from the Department of Commerce that your imported product […]

Refund Of Money Seizures

U S Customs and Border Protection and the Drug Enforcement Administration have been seizing money throughout the United States.  If money is seized from you, and, you can prove the legal source and use of the money you have an excellent chance to have most, if not all, of the money refunded.  For further information […]