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WEBINAR ON EXCLUSION REQUESTS FOR STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS

Erik Smithweiss will be speaking on Wednesday March 21, 2018 on the new procedures for requesting exclusions from the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum in a webinar for the Foreign Trade Association. The 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum go into effect on March 23, 2018. For more information on the webinar and to register, please click here.

https://foreigntradeassociation.com/event-2865534

JAMES MCANDREW INTERVIEWED AND QUOTED FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE IN THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN AND INVESTIGATION OF ART AND ANTIQUITIES BY THE ART NEWSPAPER

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WEBINAR ON PROPOSED STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS

Erik Smithweiss will be speaking on Friday March 9, 2018 on the proposed Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum in a webinar for the Foreign Trade Association. Earlier this week, President Trump reaffirmed his intention to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum. For more information on the webinar and to register, please click here. https://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-2852487.

RICHARD WORTMAN WILL BE SPEAKING ON THE TOPIC OF WHEN CUSTOMS COMES KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR: BROKER SURVEYS AND AUDITS – HOW TO BE PREPARED

Richard Wortman will be speaking in Detroit on the topic of Broker Surveys and Audits on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 for the Detroit Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (DCBFA). The seminar will be held at Park Place, 23400 Park St, Dearborn, MI 48124. Registration is at 11:30 am and Luncheon begins 12 pm Noon.

LONG AWAITED CHANGES TO THE RECONCILATION ENTRY PROGRAM WILL TAKE EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 24, 2018

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) will implement significant modifications to the Reconciliation Program, first announced by CBP on December 12, 2016, effective February 24, 2018.

CPSC REVISES PHTHALATE RULE FOR CHILDREN’S TOYS AND CHILD CARE ARTICLES

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has made various revisions to the prohibition of certain phthalates in children’s products. These changes affect children’s toys1 and child care articles2 that are imported on or after April 25, 2018.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES COMING TO CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS

The California Proposition 65 “safe harbor” warning requirement will undergo significant changes later this year for products that are manufactured on or after August 30, 2018.

ARTHUR BODEK TO SERVE AS PANELIST AT THE U.S. FASHION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S WEST COAST SEMINAR IN SAN FRANCISCO (FEBRUARY 1, 2018)

Arthur W. Bodek will serve as a panelist at the “USFIA Fashion Forward: San Francisco” program on February 1, 2018, at the Levi Strauss & Co. campus.

PREPARE FOR THE APRIL 2018 CUSTOMS BROKER LICENSE EXAM LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a course in preparation for the April 2018 Customs Broker License Exam. The 10 week exam preparation course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, a partner resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. The course starts on Monday, February 5, 2018. This course is highly successful for those planning to take the broker’s exam and also provides an excellent overview of customs law and compliance for importers not intending to take the broker’s exam.

CHANGES TO THE RECONCILIATION PROGRAM SET FOR JANUARY 2017

Significant changes to the Reconciliation Entry Program are scheduled to soon take effect. Included among these changes are the elimination of blanket entry flagging, a simplification of the application process and changes to the reconciliation transmission procedures. It is imperative that importers and their customs brokers utilizing the reconciliation program understand the impact of these changes in advance of their implementation.