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GDLSK Litigates the Classification of Body Supporting Garments

We were recently on trial in the U.S. Court of International Trade challenging U.S. Customs’ classification of a women’s garment known as a shelf bra cami or bra top camisole. The plaintiffs in these cases are Victoria’s Secret Direct (“VSD”) and New York & Company (“NY & Co.”). The garments at issue have a tank top or camisole silhouette and contain a built in brassiere. Customs classified these garments as sportswear under various tariff provisions with duty rates ranging from 16.5% ad valorem to 28.2 % ad valorem, depending upon the fiber content of the garment. We believe that the garments are properly classifiable as body-supporting garments and dutiable at the rate of 6.6% ad valorem.

The judge is expected to issue his decision sometime in 2012 and an appeal is expected. Companies importing similar items, who are interested in protecting their rights to potential duty refunds, or in obtaining refunds on past importations, should contact us.

   

Prepare for the April 2012 Customs House Broker License Exam Online!

Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, one of the nation’s leading law firms specializing in Customs law, is offering a course in preparation for the April 2012 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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LIVE at JFK Airport - Preparation Course for the April 2012 Customs House Broker License Exam and Review of Customs Requirements

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 course in preparation for the April 2012 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.

This event is 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 at NCBFAA

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.

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

  • Dates: Beginning on January 9 - March 26 (JFK) Monday Evenings
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: JFK Airport, Building #14
  • Register: Online Registration
  • Cost: NY/NJ FFF&BA or NCBFAA Members, $650 (To pay by credit card please go to the following link: Paypal Credit Card Payment)
  • Non-members, $750 (To pay by credit card please go to the following link: Paypal Credit Card Payment)

Checks should be made payable to:

  • Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP
  • 399 Park Avenue, 25th Fl.
  • New York, NY 10022
  • Attn: Broker Course

Please assure your name appears on the check.

An immediate response would be appreciated as class space is limited. Information regarding books necessary will be sent upon receipt of the registration form, as well as directions to the class location. Full payment is due no later than the second class.

All participants must have the current Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States and the Customs Regulation (19 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1-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. These publications can also be purchased from private vendors such as Boskage.

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. Web-Based Class being formed: If you cannot attend at JFK and are interested in a web-based review course, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

GDLSK Comments filed in Opposition to CBP’s Proposal to Eliminate First Sale Method of Appraisement

Click here for a copy: http://www.gdlsk.com/opposition-to-cbp-proposal.pdf

   

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