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Government abandons $42 million recordkeeping penalty case

On December 17, 2007, the United States voluntarily dismissed its claims against Ford Motor Company for alleged violations of Customs & Border Protection (CBP’s) recordkeeping requirements. United States v. Ford Motor Company, Case No. 06-cv-00013-DB (WDTX). The Government had alleged that Ford negligently violated 19 U.S.C. § 1509 in failing to produce records to support the NAFTA Certificates of Origin that had been issued for 1996 importations of automotive parts from Mexico.

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CAFTA TEXTILE RULE CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT OCTOBER 13, 2012

In a notice to be published in the Federal Register this week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the changes in the Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement (“CAFTA”) eligibility rules for certain textile articles (provided for in H.R. 5986, signed into law by the President on August 10, 2012) will take effect on October 13, 2012. 

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Customs Proposal to Eliminate “First Sale” Method of Appraisement

On January 24, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a proposed interpretation of the customs valuation laws that would result in the elimination of the so-called first sale rule of appraisement. This memorandum provides additional information concerning CBP’s proposal.

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Forensic Specialist James McAndrew featured on CNBC Crime Inc. "Art for the Taking"

On September 20, 2012, Forensic Specialist James McAndrew was featured on the CNBC program, Crime Inc – Art for the Taking.

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New Mandatory Data Security Filing Requirements to be Implemented Soon "The 10+2 Rule"

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The SAFE Ports Act of 2006 directed U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") to gather additional data elements before goods are shipped to the U.S. to enable CBP to better evaluate the security risk of incoming shipments. After consulting with the trade, CBP issued proposed regulations entitled "Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements" in which they outlined a program which requires the submission of additional data elements at least 24 hours before the goods are laden on board an ocean vessel.

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