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Reimbursement Certifications Customs Changes Policy Regarding Antidumping Reimbursement Certificates

REIMBURSEMENT CERTIFICATIONS
IMPORTER ALERT
CUSTOMS CHANGES POLICY REGARDING
ANTIDUMPING REIMBURSEMENT CERTIFICATES

Importers of merchandise subject to an antidumping duty order are required to file a statement with U.S. Customs certifying that they have not entered into any agreement or understanding with the manufacturer, producer, seller, or exporter, for the payment or refund of all or any part of the antidumping duties assessed on the imported merchandise. Importers must certify, under penalty of Customs fraud, that they are not being reimbursed for any applicable antidumping duties. Customs headquarters issued a memorandum on November 18, 2005 containing new reimbursement certificate guidelines.

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Important Reminder: Importers Must File "Reimbursement" Certificates For All Entries Subject To An Antidumping Duty Or Countervailing Duty Investigation/ Order ("03" Type) Prior To Liquidation

Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") Headquarters has advised CBP ports of entry:

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Highlights Of The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (Cafta)

Published in the Metropolitan Corp. Counsel
(www.metropolitancorpcounsel.com) October 2005

The US, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua signed CAFTA on August 5. On August 2 President Bush signed the implementing legislation (Pub. L. 109-53) after the House of Representatives passed it (H.R. Bill 3045) by a bare majority of only 2 votes. The legislatures of five signatories have approved the agreement, and those of Costa Rica and Nicaragua are expected to do so within the next six months. By January 1, 2006, CAFTA should be operational for all parties that have obtained the necessary legislative approvals.

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