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How to Tell U.S. Customs You Made a Mistake

For any importer of commercial cargo into the United States, there are numerous U.S. Customs requirements to consider such as declaring the correct tariff classification, customs valuation, and country of origin.  Sometimes, an importer (or its customs broker) makes a mistake. If the mistake is not corrected by the importer timely with U.S. Customs, the mistake READ MORE

FREIGHT FORWARDERS ARRESTED IN MIAMI FOR SHIPPING SONY PLAYSTATIONS

To the dismay of the local international trade community, three international freight forwarding companies and their owners are being criminally prosecuted for illegally exporting merchandise to a company in Paraguay. The company in Paraguay had been designated a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the United States Government.  Exporters and forwarding companies sending any cargo to READ MORE

FDA Finally Getting Tough on False Food Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued several warning letters to prominent food and drink companies regarding false claims displayed on their food and drink products, including those marketed to children.  Some food products brazenly claim to increase a person’s immune system, reduce the chance of getting a cold, or even cure cancer.  Are they READ MORE

Air and Ocean Carriers Must Sign New MOU With U.S. Customs On April 23, 2010

Air and ocean carriers often unintentionally transport aliens into the United States who do not have a valid passport and/or an unexpired visa.  Carriers receive a fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection of $3,000 for every such alien illegally transported.  Carriers get an automatic reduction of 50% of the fine by signing a Memorandum of READ MORE