U.S. Customs may seize goods if they are contrary to law. If your merchandise is seized, you have options. In your seizure notice, you are provided a Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures (FP&F) case number and assigned a paralegal. The paralegal will send you a “Seizure Notice” and you have 30 days to respond to (yes, extensions are typically given freely, as long as they are requested BEFORE the 30 days expiration). A response is called a “Petition”. A Petition should be prepared by an expert in Customs cases. A Petition typically contains your legal arguments and the valid reasons why U.S. Customs should release your merchandise back to you.
Diaz Trade Law specializes in assisting companies with U.S. Customs seizure cases and understands the policies, procedures, and practices of CBP and clearly advises you of your options. Diaz Trade Law will not only help you with your current seizure, but, will also advise you on Pre-Compliance to make sure your merchandise complies with all relevant laws and regulations applicable prior to importing it back into the U.S.