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Prepare for the April 2014 Customs House Broker License Exam Online or Live at JFK!

New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Assn., PO Box 8217, Red Bank, NJ 07701, 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 April 2014 Custom House Broker License Exam.  The Firm has held highly successful Broker’s License exam courses in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York.  This course also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker's exam.

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U.S. Trade Representative Initiates 2013 GSP Review – Petition Due Dates

In Monday’s Federal Register (July 29, 2013), the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the initiation of its annual review of the products and countries subject to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).  (NOTE: The review will proceed even if the GSP Program expires on July 31 and is renewed at a later date.)  As part of the 2013 Annual Review, the USTR will review:

  • Possible addition of or re-designations of products to GSP;
  • Possible revocation of GSP benefits for products and countries where the imports exceed a Competitive Need Limit (CNL);
  • Requests for Waivers of the CNL’s
  • Requests for De Minimis Waivers of CNL
  • Revocation of the Existing CNLs; and
  • Country practices (market access, worker rights, IPR, etc.) which affect the countries’ eligibility for GSP Benefits.  

The GSP program sets the Competitive Need Limit (CNL) for imports of the products subject to GSP.  These limits “graduate” countries or products from the GSP program where the limits are exceeded.  Where imports of a product from a country imported under GSP exceed a certain value and/or percentage of imports, the President should remove GSP benefits because it exceeds the CNL.  (The statistics for which products and countries have exceeded the CNLs will be published later this year.)  However, interested parties can petition the USTR to recommend the President to issue a CNL waiver.  Grounds for granting a CNL include evidence that a product  is not made in the United States, total U.S. imports of it are low (i.e., de minimis waivers), or it is imported from a designated GSP least developed country.  The CNL waiver allows the continuation of GSP benefits for the products and countries generally for an additional five years.  After five years, if the products under a CNL exceed a certain threshold, the President can revoke the CNL.  Current CNLs are available at http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Current%20CNL%20waivers%20as%20of%20July%202012.pdf   

The Federal Register Notice sets the petitioning time schedule.  Upon completion of the review, the USTR will make recommendations to the President for changes in the GSP Program, which changes will be put into effect by Presidential Proclamation on July 1, 2014.

If you need assistance in the 2013 GSP Annual Review or have questions about the GSP Program, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Last Chance to Sign up! Prepare for the October 7, 2013 Customs House Broker License Exam Online or Live at JFK!

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 2013 Custom House Broker License Exam.  Click HERE for Notice of the Exam.  The Firm has held highly successful Broker’s License exam courses in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York.  This course also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker's exam.

  NEI LogoThese events are approved by The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders   Association of America (NCBFAA) for 20 Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) continuing education points.

Information on the CCS program is available by clicking on the above logo.

Two courses are being held.  A live course is being held at JFK Airport.

Dates:            Beginning on July 22- September 30

Time:             5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.   Monday Evenings

Location:        JFK Airport, Building #14

Register:         Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               NY/NJ FFF&BA or NCBFAA Members, $650 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal or or copying this link to your browser https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=10624043.)

                        Non-members, $750 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal.)

For those unable to attend the live course, an on-line class is being offered

Dates:             Beginning July 30 – October 1.

Time:              2-hour Webinars, Tuesday Evenings 6-8 pm Eastern Time –

Register:         Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               $400.00.  We encourage you to pay via PayPal by clicking https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=1575780 or copying this link to your browser.

We must receive payment before the first class.  Information regarding where to log on will be sent upon receipt of full payment.  Checks must be received prior to the first class. 

The exam tests knowledge of U.S. Customs regulations, classification, valuation, broker regulation, and entry preparation.  It is advisable that students have some experience in import operations or customs brokerage.  U.S. Government regulations require that applicants for a broker license be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and U.S. citizens.  To sit for the exam, one must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a U.S. citizen on the day of the exam.  All participants must have the current Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (2013 No Supplements) and the Customs Regulation (19 Code of Federal Regulations revised as of April 1, 2013 Parts 0 to End).  A loose-leaf edition of the regulations is also available.  Please make sure you have received the latest updates with your purchase.  These Government publications are available from Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, D.C. 20402 (1-866-512-1800 or 1-202-512-1800) or online at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/.  Delivery can take from 3 to 8 weeks.  You can charge your purchase on American Express, Visa or MasterCard. 

As part of the fee for the course, each participant will receive a course book including materials to assist in the preparation of the exam (Customs directives, pipelines, decisions, etc.) and prior Customs broker examinations.  The exams will be for you to take at home and review to discuss in class.  Practicing the prior exams assists you in familiarizing you to the format and manner of the exam.

The webinar series will be led primarily by David M. Murphy, Esq.  David M. Murphy is a licensed Customs broker since 1992, a NCBFAA “Certified Customs Specialist,” an attorney and partner with the law firm of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt LLP.  Mr. Murphy has taught a Broker Exam review course in the Port of New York since 1996 and has over twenty years experience in handling Customs brokerage issues as well as customs and trade issues including U.S. export control, FTZs, and international sanctions programs.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:  David M. Murphy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or call at 212-557-4000.

   

U.S. Suspends GSP Benefits for Bangladesh

Earlier today, June 27, 2013, the USTR issued its press release stating that the U.S. has suspended tariff benefits under the GSP Program for Bangladesh.

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