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FTC Issues $1.26 Million in Penalties for Mislabeling Rayon Textiles as Bamboo; Announces Enforcement Policy for Directly Imported Products

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that $1.26 million in penalties will be paid collectively by four national retailers to settle charges that the companies mislabeled various textile products.

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Reminder on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Tax on Imports

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently increased its scrutiny of importers who are subject to the Ozone-Depleting Chemicals (ODC) excise tax. They are conducting audits, and proposing multi-million dollar assessments for compliance failures. Since 1989, an excise tax is imposed on any imported ozone-depleting chemical (“ODC”) and any imported products in which an ODC was used in the manufacturing process (“Imported Taxable Products”).

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Prepare for the April 2013 Customs Broker License Exam – Live class in Los Angeles

Los Angeles partner Erik Smithweiss teaches a class in Los Angeles to prepare for the Customs Broker exam.  Class starts January 14, 2013.  For information and registration visit http://ftasc.org/images/stories/Complete2013BrokersPrepFlyers.pdf.

If you would like further information, please contact Erik D. Smithweiss.

   

Duty Refund Opportunity for Importers of Certain Apparel and Footwear

On March 31, 2011, the Court of International Trade (“CIT”) designated a new “test” case contesting the duty rates assessed on importations of certain apparel and footwear items. The basis for the claim is that the duty rates for one gender are higher than the duty rates for the other gender for the same category of goods. The contention is that it is unconstitutional to have such a distinction based on gender. (e.g. women’s leather upper footwear is dutiable at 10% where as men’s leather upper footwear is dutiable at 8.5%). The litigation of the new test case is likely to determine the outcome of all other pending gender cases.

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Published article for CHUBB COLLECTOR Fall Newsletter

James McAndrew, Forensic Specialist, published a featured article in Chubb Collectors Quarterly (Fall) Newsletter titled “Customs and the International Trade and Transit of Works of Art and Antiquity”,

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