Taking Care of Business

Importers and filers have one main goal, to get the shipments from the point of sale/manufacture to the buyer with as little hassle, and as expeditiously as possible.  To accomplish this goal, the conscientious company must first do their homework.  Next step, a review has been made of banned lists to ensure that the seller …

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Classifying Mechanical and Electrical Machinery Under Chapter 84 and 85 of the HTSUS – Special Considerations

Section XVI of the HTS is comprised of Chapters 84 and 85 and respectively covers “Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery, Mechanical Appliances; Parts Thereof”, “Electrical Machinery and Equipment and Parts Thereof; Sound Recorders and Reproducers, Television Image and Sound Recorders and Reproducers, and parts and accessories of such Articles.”  This is such a wide range of …

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UPDATES TO CBP’S FOCUSED ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Changes to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs or CBP) Focused Assessment program are almost here.  Customs announced earlier this year that it expects to implement the changes in early fiscal year 2015 (the 2015 fiscal year begins October 2014).  Customs should announce the formalized updates prior to the actual implementation.  However, even though …

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Export Controls on Satellites – Changes to the Commerce Control List

I previously wrote about changes to the US Munitions List (USML) in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) affecting export controls on satellites and spacecraft.  Those changes, which will become effective on Nov. 10, 2014, will result in the removal of many satellites, ground equipment, and components from ITAR controls.  Instead, they will now …

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“Introducing” Personal Liability to the Import World

The Case of Trek Leather, Inc. (decided September 16, 2014) If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “it’s just business, nothing personal,” it’s time you learned that when it comes to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs), things can get real personal.  In other words, Customs can exact what they owe from you, the importer, personally, …

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