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Bank Account Seizures by ICE and DEA for Money Laundering

This past year has seen an explosion of seizures of bank accounts by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for alleged trade-based money laundering or “structuring”. In 2011, I have handled these cases in Miami, New York, San Diego, Boston, Phoenix, San Juan, and READ MORE

CBP Commissioner Bersin Tenders Resignation Effective December 30

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin has announced his resignation effective December 30. Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar is slated to serve as Acting Commissioner. In a statement announcing his resignation, Bersin said he was grateful for the chance to lead CBP. “My service as commissioner has been one of the most rewarding READ MORE

Will YOUR Tariff be Changed in the 2012 Update??

One way to find out! CSMS #11-000317, dated December 21, 2011, advises brokers that the 2011/2011 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) will contain many changes.  Specifically, the notice states: To: Automated Broker Interface Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1108 was created on December 20, 2011 and contains 577 ABI records and 118 harmonized tariff records. Changes READ MORE

NEW CBP Technology To Increase Efficiencies at Port Miami

NEWS BLAST!  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is set to launch Enforcement Link to Mobile Operations (ELMOcargo) at the Port of Miami. This technology will allow CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists to release inspected cargo in real-time. Currently, CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists conduct inspections on site, but the subsequent release of cargo is READ MORE

NAFTA and Mexican Government Questionnaires to U.S. Exporters

In the past year, the Mexican Government (SAT) has issued questionnaires to exporters from the United States which provided a NAFTA Certificate of Origin to the Mexican importer. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Certificate of Origin is always created and signed by the U.S. exporter or producer, and always provided to the Mexican READ MORE