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FUNDAMENTALS OF EXPORT COMPLIANCE COURSE

Erik D. Smithweiss will be teaching a 2-day course on the Fundamentals of Export Compliance on Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2019.  The program is intended for export compliance professionals and management with export compliance responsibility.  The course will provide an in-depth review of regulatory requirements under the Census Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, […]

PREPARE FOR THE OCTOBER 2019 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 2019 Custom House Broker License Exam. This course also provides an […]

UPCOMING E-COMMERCE SEMINAR – FREE EVENT MAY 22, 2019

On May 22, 2019, GDLSK attorneys Mika McLafferty and Christina Leonard will be offering a free seminar, outlining Customs issues and cost-saving strategies for importing E-Commerce merchandise into the U.S.  The presentation is being co-hosted with accountants at PKF O’Connor Davies, who will be discussing state tax considerations and the First Sale for Export program.  […]

UPDATE: CHINA 301 LIST 3 TARIFF INCREASE TIED TO DATE OF EXPORT; EXCLUSION PROCESS TO BE ISSUED

On May 8, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a Notice confirming that Chinese-origin merchandise listed on Section 301, Tranche 3, will be subject to an increased additional tariff rate of 25% ad valorem. Importantly, the change will take effect with respect to goods: entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on […]

INCREASED DUTY RATE FOR CHINESE-ORIGIN PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SEC. 301

On May 7, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to announce an increase in the additional duty rate applicable to Chinese-origin products listed on Section 301, Tranche 3. Currently those products are subject to an additional duty rate of 10% ad valorem. However, on May 6, 2019, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that […]

WEBINAR ON SECTION 232 AND 301 TARIFFS – PRODUCT EXCLUSIONS AND DUTY RECOVERY

Erik D. Smithweiss will be conducting a webinar Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). The presentation will address the current status of exclusions under Sections 232 and 301, the process for submitting exclusion requests under Section 232, the procedures for obtaining duty refunds when exclusions are […]

GOLDEN LION AWARD

On May 3, 2019, at a Black Tie Dinner at the Garden City Hotel, Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America will present the Golden Lion Award to GDLSK partner, Frank J. Desiderio, for his accomplishments and contributions to the community.  

COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT SANTA SUIT IS NOT FESTIVE

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (in the April 29, 2019 decision in Rubies Costume Company v. United States), considered whether the below “Premier Plush 9 Piece Santa Suit” (consisting of a jacket, pants, gloves, a toy sack, a beard, a wig, a hat, a belt, and shoe covers) fell within the tariff […]

PRESENTATION BY FRANK J. DESIDERIO AT THE NATIONAL CUSTOMS BROKERS & FREIGHT FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION’S 46TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

On Monday, April 15, 2019, Partner, Frank Desiderio presented a program entitled “CASE STUDY; Broker Liabilities in a Litigious World” at the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association’s 46th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The topic included an in depth analysis of NIKE and False Claims Act litigation in trade matters.  Mr. Desiderio is also an invited […]

USTR RELEASES LIST OF ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS EXCLUDED FROM CHINA 301 TARIFFS

The U.S. Trade Representative has published a list of additional products excluded from the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese origin products.  Additional duties of 25% ad valorem were applied to these products as of July 6, 2018.  The exclusions are retroactive to July 6, 2018 and will extend for one year after publication of the […]