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Reminder: Late Shipment Clauses

The United States Court of International Trade recently denied a request to deduct certain freight charges that the importer argued were included in the transaction value of the goods as a result of the vendors’ late shipment.

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Customs Broker Assessed $8 Million in Damages for Trademark Infringement

On March 28, 2013, a jury awarded $8 million dollars in damages against a Customs Broker found to have engaged in a conspiracy to import fake Coach® handbags and wallets in the case of Coach v. Celco Customs Services and Celine Wang, Ct. No. 11-cv-10787 (Central District of California).

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DHS ICE April 4, 2013 Press Release boasts the indictment and recovery of Peruvian artifacts while done so with corrupt Peruvian Cultural officials. What side of the story is the real problem?

So much has been written, talked about and debated over demands by source countries for the return of cultural artifacts deemed “treasures” or “culturally significant to the national heritage” of a particular claiming  country. Ironic is the fact that over the same decade or so, even long before my appearance on the scene, have I heard from collectors and institutions of ancient items from all cultures on all continents the reality of being required to pay a “gift” or more poignantly, “bribing” government officials as a culturally acceptable practice to conduct business in that country. This topic remains “taboo” though if change is what is needed to protect the U.S. trade then what good is keeping important issues “taboo”.

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Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights - April 17, 2013 in Portland

On April 17, 2013, Richard M. Wortman will be presenting Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights before the Columbia River Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel.  The seminar will take place from 9:00 am through 11:30 am and will be followed by lunch.  The flyer describing the event may be found on the Association’s website - http://crcbfa.org/media/p/1009.aspx.  Please RSVP to Becky Watkins, Education Chair of the Columbia River Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

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