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Trade of African Elephant Ivory Largely Banned

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a final rule for the African elephant promulgated under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, which bans virtually all imports and exports of African elephant ivory.  The Final Rule, effective July 6, 2016 prohibits the import and export of African elephant ivory with [...]

August 5th, 2016|News & Events|

Violating the Arms Export Control Act Will Now Cost You More

Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), Congress required agencies to make yearly adjustments to their civil monetary penalties (CMPs) as well as a one-time “catch up” adjustment to their CMPs to account for inflation. On June 8, 2016, the Department of State announced that it is [...]

August 5th, 2016|News & Events|

BIS Revises Guidelines Concerning Charging and Penalty Determinations in Administrative Enforcement Cases

On June 22, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a final rule revising its guidance on penalties for violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The BIS undertook these revisions to make penalty determinations more predictable and to align them with the OFAC penalty guidelines.  The rule rewrote guidance in Supplement No. [...]

August 5th, 2016|News & Events|

Iran Sanctions Update

As many in the trade community already know, the beginning of 2016 saw the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); an agreement ensuring Iran’s nuclear capabilities stay below a certain threshold in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions against Iran. As part of the implementation, the Department of Treasury’s Office of [...]

August 5th, 2016|News & Events|

OFAC Settlement for Alleged Violations Involving Medical Sealant and Samples

A North Carolina corporation settled with OFAC after agreeing to pay $107,691.30 for potential civil liability due to alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). The company allegedly exported medical sealant and samples to a UAE distributer with knowledge or reason to know that the exports were to be reexported to Iran. [...]

August 5th, 2016|News & Events|

ITC to Begin Accepting MTB Petitions

Although no suspensions or reductions are currently in effect, temporary duty suspensions and reductions are listed in chapter 99, subchapter II of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Addressing temporary duty suspensions, Congress passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) establishing a petition process that will replace these individual [...]

July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

CIT Reiterates in Toth that Government Cannot Bring Penalty Claim that CBP Did Not Allege in Penalty Notice

United States v. Toth, No. 15-00206 (C.I.T. June 20, 2016), involved whether the Government could allege a penalty claim in a complaint that CBP did not allege in the earlier penalty notices. In Toth, the Government alleged that Leslie M. Toth and LBS Marketing, Inc. (Toth) fraudulently entered crawfish meat as langostino. U.S. Customs and Border [...]

July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

Rulings revoked on NAFTA origin marking for solar panels from Japan/Mexico

CBP is revoking two rulings related to country of origin markings under NAFTA for solar panels from Japan/Mexico (see HQ H266527 issued on May 16). In NY R00721 and NY 047417, CBP ruled that the correct country of origin for marking purposes of the solar panels was “components from Japan, assembled in Mexico” or “components [...]

July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

OtterBox Products Continues to Fight Customs Over the Classification of Phone Cases

Throughout the spring and summer of 2012 OtterBox entered into the commerce of the United States shipments of the Commuter and Defender Series phone cases. Customs classified the cases under subheading 4202.99.9000 HTSUS (covering all manner of containers) which carries a 20% duty rate. OtterBox challenged this classification in the Court of International Trade and argued that [...]

July 11th, 2016|News & Events|

Illegal export of controlled Items to China results in $575,000 penalty from BIS

A Michigan company has been ordered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to pay $575,000 in penalties for improperly classifying items subject to Export Classification Control Number (ECCN) 9B106.a. The items are allegedly controlled for missile technology (MT) reasons and were exported on 20 occasions over three years to the People’s Republic of [...]

July 5th, 2016|News & Events|