Prepare for the April 2015 Customs Broker License Exam - Live Class in Los Angeles

Los Angeles partner Erik Smithweiss teaches a class in Los Angeles to prepare for the Customs Broker Exam. 

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What Happens When Customs Knocks on Your Door?

Richard Wortman will speak at the March 15, 2016 meeting of the Detroit Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association.

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Important Reminder: Permit User Fee and Triennial Status Report

On December 22, CBP posted a Federal Register Notice reminding the brokerage community that the Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2015 is due by February 27, 2015. The fee ($138.00 for each local permit and national permit) is to be paid annually in each broker district where the broker was issued a permit to do business.

Additionally, every licensed broker (individual, corporation, partnership, and association) is required to file with CBP a Status Report every three years. The next report is due February 1, 2015. A fee ($100.00 for each license) must accompany the status report and the report must be addressed to the director of the port through which the license was delivered to the licensee.  CBP will consider reports received during the month of February to be filed timely. No form or particular format is required.  However, CBP has posted a format on its website. For a copy, please or copy and paste the following link to the address bar of your internet browser.

We recommend that you should assure you receive and retain a filing receipt or proof of delivery/receipt of your Status Report and payment. The report and payment can also be filed via PAY.GOV at  If using PAY.GOV print and/or save a copy of your Status Report and the filing confirmation and any confirmation emails you receive.  Remember it is every individual license holder’s responsibility to assure the status report is filed timely. A failure to timely file the status report could result in revocation of your license.

If you have any questions please contact David M. Murphy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Provenance v. Customs Regulations

A recent news article by ABC in Australia (see below link) concerning the effort put forth by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) to comb through their complete Asian art collection comprised of some 5000 objects in search of insufficient or questionable provenance documentation is admirable and precedent setting.

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In a September 16, 2014 decision which has broad implications for corporate officers, import managers and other persons involved in import operations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found the president of an importing corporation individually liable for customs penalties under the theory that he was responsible for the “introduction” into the United States of under-valued merchandise imported by the company. 

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