U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1493, the “Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act”

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1493, the “Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act” that included emergency import restrictions for such material coming from Syria. A copy of the Bill could be viewed by selecting the below link. Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP is the pre-eminent firm in the practice of Customs and International trade laws and agreements.  Our Art Law Practice has decades of success in providing guidance and legal expertise on the forefront of complex and emerging issues affecting the trade in antiquities and ancient items.    GDLSK advised numerous clients to include museums, universities, auction houses, dealers and collectors on how to safely navigate their businesses, protect their collections and enhance their collection management practices during earlier times of “culture in conflict”.  This included the Iraq Gulf Wars, the Arab Spring, the looting in Libya and other middle eastern nations.   Contact James McAndrew of our staff at 212-973-7706 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on the above.


New CPSC Requirements for Self-Balancing Scooters (Hover Boards)

In a recently published letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) urged the trade to make certain that self-balancing scooters (hover boards) comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272 – Outline on Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters.   In addition, the CPSC indicated that all lithium ion battery products must comply with test requirements under UN/DOT 38.3 Transport of Dangerous Goods for Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries.

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Prepare for the October 2016 Customs House Broker License Exam Online or Live at JFK!

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 courses in preparation for the October 2016 Custom House Broker License Exam.  This course also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker's exam.

These events are 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 by clicking on the above logo.

Two courses are being held.  A live course is being held at JFK Airport.

Dates:           Beginning on July 11 – October 3 (Ten classes).

Time:             5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. -- Monday Evenings

Location:       JFK Airport, Building #14

Register:        Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               Employees of NY/NJ FFF&BA, NCBFAA or Westconn Members, $650 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal or copying this link to your browser

                      Non-members, $750 (To pay by credit card please go to PayPal.)

For those unable to attend the live course, an on-line class is being offered

Dates:           Beginning July 12 – October 4  (Ten sessions).

Time:            2-hour Webinars, Tuesday Evenings 6-8 pm Eastern Time –

Register:       Online at REGISTRATION 

Cost:               $400.00.  We encourage you to pay via PayPal by clicking or copying this link to your browser.

We must receive payment before the first class.  Information regarding where to log on will be sent upon receipt of full payment.  Checks must be received prior to the first class. 

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.  To sit for the exam, one must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a U.S. citizen on the day of the exam.  All participants must have the current Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States (2016 No Supplements) and the Customs Regulation (19 Code of Federal Regulations revised as of April 1, 2016 Parts 0 to End).  A loose-leaf edition of the regulations is also available.  Please make sure you have received the latest updates with your purchase. 

You can purchase the HTSUS and Customs Regulations from either of two sources.  Boskage Commerce Publications (a Thomson Reuters company)  offers the HTSUS, Customs Regulations and additional materials and guarantees the correct editions for all students who purchase their Required Testing Material Packages (or individual books for specific exams). (Note: be sure to purchase the editions specific to the exam for which you are planning to study.)  Boskage sells both the HTSUS and the Customs Regulations in loose-leaf versions that include binders and convenient tabs.  Please refer to the website or call Boskage directly at (888) 880-4088 for prices, shipping fees, subscriptions, and other information.  These Government publications are also 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  Delivery can take from 3 to 8 weeks.  You can charge your purchase on American Express, Visa or MasterCard. 

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.

David M. Murphy, Esq. will lead the webinar series.  David M. Murphy is a licensed Customs broker since 1992, a NCBFAA “Certified Customs Specialist,” an attorney and partner with the law firm of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman, & Klestadt LLP.  Mr. Murphy has taught a Broker Exam review course in the Port of New York since 1996 and has over twenty five years’ experience in handling Customs brokerage issues as well as customs and trade issues including U.S. export control, FTZs, and international sanctions programs.

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


Fundamentals of Export Compliance Course Live in Los Angeles

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a course that will provide an in-depth review of regulatory requirements under the Census Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, OFAC regulations, ITAR and U.S. Customs export regulations.  It will also cover practical advice for implementing and improving corporate export compliance procedures and for managing incidents of non-compliance.  The course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, a partner resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office.  The two-day course takes place on April 25 & 26, 2016.

If you would like further information, including a list of topics that will be covered, and registration information, please open the link below or contact Erik Smithweiss.


Collection Management: Averting the Inevitable

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues on their path to investigate and recover stolen and looted works of art with more effectiveness and efficiency. As is states in the recent press release (see the link below), their ability is bolstered by the strong relationships forged with foreign law enforcement over the past fifteen years when I headed the agencies art and antiquity theft program.  It was and remains never an acceptable position to trade or collect objects with poor provenance.  At GDLSK we counsel collectors and dealers alike on better business practices.  We offer proprietary measures to reduce adverse claims against items in your collection without harm to your reputation and business. Contact Forensic Specialist James McAndrew at 212-973-7706 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.


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