•• Terminated Customs Notice of Action to advance over $1 million in additional duties claimed by Customs relative to client’s foreign plant cost data submission.

•• Reduced country of origin marking penalty from several million dollars to zero.

•• Negotiated the release of multiple shipments of merchandise and negotiated de minimis penalties for importation of alleged counterfeit merchandise.

•• Successfully obtained a penalty waiver from Customs under SBREFA, potentially saving the client a $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 penalty assessment.

•• Obtained the complete release of a shipment of tobacco products seized because the client’s product label allegedly contained an illegal mark, thereby preserving a shipment valued in excess of $100,000 and saving the client tens of thousands of dollars in potential re-branding costs.

•• Successful in reducing duty liability by establishing that importer was entitled to $8.3 million freight deduction and reduced duty liability to Customs of $210,000

•• Successful recovery for clients from U.S. Customs and Border Protection of several million dollars in monetary instruments and currency seizures.

•• Negotiated settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor for trade adjustment assistance for U.S. employees, resulting in education and vocation training funds.

•• Successfully defended importer’s claims for duty-free status of wearing apparel imported under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) provisions, resulting in retained duty savings of over $45,000.

•• Represented several importers in audits before U.S. Customs and Border Protection resulting in de minimis duty increases and either de minimis or zero penalties.

•• Established Customs import compliance procedures for several importers and conducted in-house training seminars for import managers and other corporate personnel in Customs compliance.

•• Obtained antidumping scope determination ruling from the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, excluding merchandise from antidumping duties on cased pencils from China.


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