News & Events

Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference

Our firm would like to invite you to the Advanced Topics in Customs Compliance Conference being held September 20-22, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  The conference covers both basic and advanced topics in import and export compliance.  In addition, the Conference has been approved for CCS and CES credits via the NCBFFA, and will provide for [...]

May 26th, 2017|News & Events|

Increased Scrutiny of AD/CVD, Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, and Prosecution of Trade Violations

President Trump recently signed an Executive Order titled “Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws.” The Executive Order contains limited specific details, but provides an indication that relevant regulations are likely to be modified and that increased enforcement is imminent.  First, the Order calls on [...]

May 26th, 2017|News & Events|

Is Merchandise Classified by Use or by Name?

CBP (and the Court of International Trade) regularly distinguishes between provisions in the HTSUS which are controlled by use (“use” provisions) and those that are controlled by name (“eo nomine” provisions).  In Irwin Industrial Tool Company v. United States, the Court of International Trade illustrated this common issue. In Irwin, the importer entered various hand [...]

May 26th, 2017|News & Events|

Trump Notifies Congress of his Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The notification informs Congress that negotiations will begin as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 90 days from the date of the notice (May 18, 2017).  You can read the notification here.  Although [...]

May 26th, 2017|News & Events|

The Risks of a Proposed Expansion of ADD & CVD Orders to Pipe Rack Modules

The Risks of a Proposed Expansion of ADD & CVD Orders to Pipe Rack Modules Importers of pipe rack modules from China may soon have to pay ADDs & CVDs applicable to Chinese origin pipe.  On April 6, 2017, the International Trade Association (ITA) posted on its web site a scope ruling request filed by [...]

April 24th, 2017|News & Events, Spotlight|

Should the Customs Brokerage Function Ever be Moved In-House?

From time to time companies importing ask us whether it is advisable to move their customs brokerage function in-house for the purpose of filing its own entries to save some money.  Our answer is always “NO, don’t do it.” One Importer’s Nightmare One of our clients to be, a Southwest based importer, hired a customs [...]

March 31st, 2017|Spotlight|

Protest Filer’s Guide

Givens & Johnston’s Protest Filers’ Guide assists importers with challenging various Customs determinations on the entry of merchandise (e.g., tariff classification, NAFTA, value, etc.). This Guide is intended only for educational purposes, and does not constitute legal advice. Please take a moment to send us the information on the form below and [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Popular Tools|

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|