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If You are an Owner or Officer of an Importer, This Blog Post is for You

In one of the most important recent decisions, the U.S. Court of International Trade dismissed a case filed against the CEO of his importing company that had made false statements to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the entry documents.  This Court decision has significant implications for every owner, officer, and manager of any company involved in importing merchandise into READ MORE

Who Should Give Advice to U.S. Customs?

I attended the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) meeting on February 25, 2010 in Miami.  The 20 private sector members of COAC are jointly selected by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of the Treasury, and include knowledgeable customs compliance and logistics personnel from such prominent companies as DHL, READ MORE

Is $56 Billion of Your Money For Homeland Security Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?

On February 1, 2010, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the Department’s budget for fiscal year 2011 would be $56 billion.  This was the first time for the Democratic Obama Administration to formally unveil its budget priorities after taking over from the Republican Bush Administration.  Guess what – it’s more of the READ MORE

Customs Brokers Under Investigation by U.S. Customs

With all of the complexities involved in the import process, even customs brokers can make mistakes such as by providing the wrong tariff classification of the imported item to U.S. Customs and Border Protection .  A customs broker who makes such a mistake may become the subject of an investigation by U.S. Customs which ultimately results READ MORE

Bank Accounts Seized for Alleged Money Laundering

Bank accounts are more frequently being frozen or seized by the Federal Government.  The typical allegation by the Federal Government is that the money in those bank accounts were the proceeds of money laundering.  Often, the owners of the seized bank accounts were somehow connected to shipping cargo to, receiving cargo from, or doing business with Colombia.  The READ MORE