Laura Siegel Rabinowitz

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Say It Ain’t So Santa:  Court of International Trade Decision Increases Import Duties on Santa Claus Costume

The Court of International Trade was not in the holiday spirit when it issued the decision in Rubie’s Costume Co. v. United States, Slip Op 17-147, which held that the imported Santa Claus suit cannot be considered a “festive article,” but must be considered wearing apparel.  Festive articles, imported into the U.S. under heading 9505 … Continue Reading

Evolution of Customs Audits and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism: ISA Members Beware!

Since the advent of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE’s), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has moved its audit function to the Centers and is focusing on single issue audits rather than the focused assessments previously conducted by regulatory audit. Targeted single issue audits can be misleading.  CBP typically sends an audit questionnaire … Continue Reading

Importers Beware: U.S. Customs Targets Imports Made in China by North Korean Workers

The AP recently reported that North Koreans are working in China as forced labor and their products are being imported into the U.S.  The AP followed the production of seafood from Chinese facilities to U.S. retailers, but stated that there other affected product categories, including apparel and wood flooring. While it has been known that … Continue Reading

EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”), the much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada went into effect on September 21st.  CETA is a terrific opportunity for global companies to take advantage of duty savings offered by the FTA as it  expands market access for the EU and Canada through comprehensive … Continue Reading

Post-9/11 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Safety and Security

Post 9/11 U.S. Customs initiated numerous anti-terrorism measures in response to the new need to secure imported cargo and the ports.  In fact, the agency’s name changed from the U.S. Customs Service under the Treasury Department to eventually becoming U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.  Post 9/11 Customs … Continue Reading

Potential Drawback Opportunity for Distilled Spirits

“Drawback” is U.S. Customs program that allows importers to get their duty payments refunded by Customs if they export the same or a similar product.  There are lots of permutations and it’s quite a bit of “paperwork” to qualify, but the upside is significant. Under the recently enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA), … Continue Reading

Date Set for Provisional Application of EU-Canada Trade Agreement

Canada and the European Union have announced that September 21st will be the date that the provisional application of Comprehensive and Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) will come into effect. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and EU president Jean-Claude Juncker issued the statement after the G20 Summit on July 8th.  The agreement will be “provisionally” applied … Continue Reading

Do You Qualify For Duty Savings Under the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement?

The much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada going into effect this summer is a terrific opportunity for importers to take advantage of duty savings.  The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) expands market access for the EU and Canada through comprehensive tariff elimination across all sectors of the economy. Under … Continue Reading

EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement Goes Into Effect

The much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada going into effect this summer is a terrific opportunity for importers to take advantage of duty savings.  The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) expands market access for the EU and Canada through comprehensive tariff elimination across all sectors of the economy. Under … Continue Reading
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