Why Won't Customs Release my Shipment.... or Take my Money?

Why Won't Customs Release my Shipment.... or Take my Money?

There are many possible reasons why US Customs may delay releasing an importer’s shipment – some easy to figure out with a quick review of the situation, some much less obvious…

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Gray Market Goods: Intellectual Property Issues - Part 2

Gray Market Goods: Intellectual Property Issues - Part 2

When legally produced “gray market” goods subject to “intellectual property” rights (IPR) are imported into the US, by someone who is not authorized by the IPR holder…

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Gray Market Goods: Intellectual Property Issues - Part 1

Gray Market Goods: Intellectual Property Issues - Part 1

Gray market goods are legitimate products, produced under the authorization of the rightful owner (or licensee) of a patent, trademark, copyright, or other type of “intellectual property”.  That means they must be legal to import, right? Well, ….

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Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

In the interconnected world we live in, huge volumes of all types of goods flow into and out of the US every day.  Most shipments are legitimate, but – as the last few thousand years of history show – any successful system of trade and commerce eventually attracts pirates and counterfeiters.  Our modern international trade system is no exception.

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Additional Duties - Coming & Going

Additional Duties - Coming & Going

Just when US importers were sort-of starting to get used to what types of imported iron and steel, aluminum, and Chinese origin products were subject to “additional duties”, the international trade landscape has shifted . . . again

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Orphaned freight shipments, and how Anti-Dumping Duty and Countervailing Duty are responsible

Orphaned freight shipments, and how Anti-Dumping Duty and Countervailing Duty are responsible

Recently, shipments of truck and bus tires manufactured in China have arrived at US ports, only to be “orphaned” – abandoned by the original importers and consignees.  Some have been offered, by the shippers, to other potential buyers – who also are reluctant to buy these tires at apparent bargain prices.  Why?

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