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.


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.”


CAFC Affirms Otter Decision on Phone Covers

On August 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued an important opinion affirming the U.S. Court of International Trade’s (CIT) decision in Otter Products, LLC v. United States, 70 F.Supp. 3d 1281 (Ct. Int’l Trade 2015).  The CIT had held that two styles of smartphone covers were classifiable as other articles of plastic under subheading 3926.90.99, HTSUS, dutiable at 5.3%, and had rejected Customs’ claim that the covers were classifiable as “similar containers” under subheading 4202.99.90, HTSUS, dutiable at 20%.

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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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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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