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U.S. International Trade Commission Declines to Recommend Additional Duty-Free "Festive Article" Tariff Provisions

In a recently issued report, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has determined that it will not recommend to the President the adoption of additional duty-free “festive article” tariff provisions.

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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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CBP Agrees to Cancel PMS Late Filing Claims

The Customs & Border Protection National Finance Center has recently issued liquidated damages claims in connection with Periodic Monthly Statements (“PMS”) where payments were made late. These claims have for the most part been issued against the importers of record who have generally sought to claim against the broker for causing the late payment.

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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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Reminder on Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Tax on Imports

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently increased its scrutiny of importers who are subject to the Ozone-Depleting Chemicals (ODC) excise tax. They are conducting audits, and proposing multi-million dollar assessments for compliance failures. Since 1989, an excise tax is imposed on any imported ozone-depleting chemical (“ODC”) and any imported products in which an ODC was used in the manufacturing process (“Imported Taxable Products”).

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