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Duty Savings Opportunity for Leather Handbag Importers

Importers of leather handbags may have the opportunity to reduce their duty rate on some styles by more than half by reclassifying their products.

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Update on ADD/CVD Compliance and the New Enforce and Protect Regulations

Erik Smithweiss will be presenting a webinar for the NCBFAA on Tuesday September 20, 2016 regarding antidumping duty and countervailing duty (ADD/CVD) compliance for brokers and importers, including the new ADD/CVD evasion provisions in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  He will joined by Carrie Owens, the Acting Director of Operations for the EAPA and E-Allegations Division in the Trade Remedy & Law Enforcement (CTE) directorate in the Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In this position, Ms. Owens oversees the implementation of CBP's recent Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) regulations in 19 CFR Part 165, which cover the Investigation of Claims of Evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders. 

For further information and to register click here: http://www.ncbfaa.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/events/749.html?Action=Conference_Detail&ConfID_W=749&menukey=events

   

CAFC Affirms Otter Decision on Phone Covers

On August 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued an important opinion affirming the U.S. Court of International Trade’s (CIT) decision in Otter Products, LLC v. United States, 70 F.Supp. 3d 1281 (Ct. Int’l Trade 2015).  The CIT had held that two styles of smartphone covers were classifiable as other articles of plastic under subheading 3926.90.99, HTSUS, dutiable at 5.3%, and had rejected Customs’ claim that the covers were classifiable as “similar containers” under subheading 4202.99.90, HTSUS, dutiable at 20%.

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CBP Issues New Regulations on AD/CVD Evasion Investigations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has published “interim” regulations detailing a new framework and legal procedures for investigating potential evasion of antidumping (“AD”) and countervailing duty (“CVD”) liability. 

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