Congratulations to Adrienne Braumiller, Founder of Braumiller Law Group

Congratulations to Adrienne Braumiller, Founder of Braumiller Law Group, for ranking in both the USA and Global Chambers & Partners for 2017!       Chambers has been ranking the best lawyers since 1990, and covers 185 jurisdictions. No other organization has the strength-in-depth of Chambers editorial and research team when it comes to assessing …

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1m Nat Coffee-Poly 1LB w/Tin

In a previous newsletter, I mentioned the importance of accurately describing the commodities on your export documents when filing AES. I was reviewing a client’s AES records when I came across this description: “1m Nat Coffee-Poly 1LB w/Tin”. I went huh? I could imagine what a Customs Officer would say, “Looks like, let me guess, …

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International Trade Commission Initiates Safeguard Investigation on Solar Panels

On June 1, 2017, the United States International Commission (Commission) initiated a safeguard investigation under section 201 / 202 of the Trade Act of 1974 (‘‘the Act’’) to determine whether crystalline silicon photovoltaic (‘‘CSPV’’) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased …

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Overview of President Trump’s Section 232 Investigation of Foreign Steel

In April, the Trump administration initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Section 262 is titled “Safeguarding national security”, and the Act requires the Department of Commerce (Commerce), in coordination with the Department of Defense (DOD), to conduct an investigation to determine the “effects on national security of imports …

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Was Your Post-Importation Preference Claim Rejected?

On June 8, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) distributed CSMS 17-000110 concerning the resubmission of protests for post importation preference claims that were previously rejected as non-protestable. The message stated that, pursuant to the Court of International Trade (CIT) decision in Zojirushi American Corp v. U.S., Slip Op. 16-78 (August 4, 2016), CBP …

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Ramping Up Enforcement on Anti-dumping & Countervailing Duties

In the area of international trade law, anti-dumping duties (ADD) and countervailing duties (CVD) have increasingly become a hot-button issue for the government. Collection and enforcement of ADD/CVD owed by importers is one of the core priority issues of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs or CBP). Just last year, the government enacted an …

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TIB or Not to TIB – That is the Question

Heading 9813 in Subchapter XIII of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule contains the provisions for temporary imports under bond commonly referred to as TIB entries. TIBs are for articles ordinarily subject to duty and/or a Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) and are temporarily imported for certain purposes, and are subsequently exported or destroyed. Regulations and requirements for …

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