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17th Judicial Conference of the United States Court of International Trade

Erik Smithweiss will be speaking at the 17th Judicial Conference of the United States Court of International Trade on December 3, 2012.

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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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Customs and International Trade Continuing Legal Education Program - Note New Date: November 14, 2012

On November 14, 2012, GDLSK partners Arthur Bodek, Ed Ackerman and Ned Marshak will be presenting at an all day Continuing Legal Education Program entitled: Customs and International Trade Law: Untangle the Complex Web of Laws and Regulations.  Topics will include:

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

Background

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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