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CBP Updates Policy to Allow Protests for Post-Importation Preference Claims

CBP on Feb. 15 issued updated internal guidance (here) to allow the filing of protests for first-time post-importation claims for duty benefits under certain free trade agreements and preference programs. The updated guidance, posted by customs lawyer Ted Murphy … Subscribe to Read >>

WTO TFA Enters Into Force

Rwanda, Chad, Oman and Jordan ratified the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement, bringing the total number of ratifications over the necessary 110 WTO members and entering the agreement into force, the WTO announced Feb. 22 (here). It is … Subscribe to Read >>

BIS Pushing 'National Security' Argument for Exemption From 'Two-for-One' Executive Order

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Bureau of Industry and Security is pushing for a national security exemption to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 30 executive order requiring executive agencies to nix two regulations for every new one issued (see 1701300037) … Subscribe to Read >>

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Customs Broker Agrees to POA Verification Requirements in Settlement of Trademark Case With Nike

A New York-based customs brokerage reached a settlement with Nike in a trademark infringement case, agreeing to strict requirements for validation of powers of attorney as a condition of the settlement. Alto Customhouse Brokers agreed to pay $25,000 to Nike, and validate all future powers of attorney it receives from importers, including by way of notarization, phone calls and checking government-issued IDs. Under the settlement, filed Feb. 10 but still subject to approval by the New Jersey U.S. District Court, Alto agreed to not willfully import or assist in the importation of any goods bearing counterfeit Nike trademarks, and to investigate and confirm the power of attorney before conducting customs business on a client’s behalf. … Read More >>

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