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Government of Greece Arrests Dozens for Looting Ancient Treasures

Greek law enforcement arrested dozens of people and recovered large caches of looted archaeological finds resulting in the identification of a major smuggling ring (see below link). U.S. dealers, collectors and auctions houses need beware. Since Greece passed a National Ownership Law in 1926, much of what has been looted and sold to and through European and U.S. auction houses, museums, dealers, collectors and institutions might become not so good news.  Invariably, customs efforts, border controls and customs documentation tell the tale of who possibly purchased one or some of the looted objects. At GDLSK, we monitor such cases and advise clients on how best to respond should it be discovered that one or some of such items were innocently purchased or consigned and sold through you. Contact James McAndrew via email or phone at 212-973-7706 for more information.

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/archeology/police-in-greece-arrest-26-in-bust-of-alleged-antiquities-smuggling-ring/

   

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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Frank J. Desiderio will speak at the Czech Fashion Law Association program held in Prague, Czech Republic on October 12, 2016

Frank J. Desiderio will speak at the Czech Fashion Law Association program held in Prague, Czech Republic on October 12, 2016.

His panel will consist of representatives from the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic and Czech Trade Consultants.

The topic will be “Exporting Fashion Products to the U.S.”

   

CBP RULES THAT CERTAIN MOLDED PLASTIC HANGERS ARE REUSEABLE / ELIGIBLE FOR LOW DUTY HANGER TARIFF PROVISION

In a ruling published in the Customs Bulletin of August 17, 2016, CBP held that certain hangers made of plastic with an integral plastic top hook met the “clearly suitable for repetitive use” standard, such that they may be classified separately from their accompanying garments at the hanger rate of duty of 3% (under HTS 3923.90.00), rather than as ordinary apparel packing at the significantly higher garment rates of duty.

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Burma Set to Become Eligible under GSP

On September 14, 2016, President Obama issued Proclamation No. 9492 designating Burma (Myanmar) as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).

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