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HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND SERVICES PROVIDERS – WHAT YOU MUST KNOW.

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 10, 2020 1 Comment

 

In the household goods and services industry? Did you know you have to import your goods and services in compliance with the Bureau of Household Goods and Services (BHGS) regulations? Manufacturers or wholesalers of any article of upholstered furniture bedding, or filling material manufactured outside of the United States for the purpose of sale or resale in California, whether it be through employees or agents, fall within this category.

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A Year in Review!

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 20, 2019 0 comments

2019

DTL saved clients MILLIONS of dollars in 2019. It is with great joy that we finish off 2019 celebrating our fourth anniversary! We would like to thank each of you for being an integral part of making DTL a success.

This year has been filled with numerous achievements and accomplishments. We are grateful for the clients who have entrusted their trade and customs issues to us, and we look forward to assisting you in 2020!

Below we share some of our 2019 success stories with you.

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Civil Forfeiture – Know Your Rights!

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 27, 2019 2 Comments

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Routinely, individuals in the U.S. have property taken from them under “Asset Forfeiture” laws and are unaware of their rights.  Civil judicial forfeiture does not require a criminal conviction, and is a powerful legal tool used by law enforcement and Federal Agencies to seize property that is involved in a crime. Fines and forfeitures have become a key source of revenue, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

The majority of federal forfeiture cases are uncontested when there is a related criminal case. Administrative forfeiture occurs when property is seized but no one files a claim to contest the seizure. Property that can be administratively forfeited includes merchandise prohibited from importation; a conveyance used to import, transport, or store a controlled substance; a monetary instrument; or other property that does not exceed $500,000 in value. Federal law imposes strict deadlines and notification requirements in the administrative forfeiture process. If the seizure is contested, then the U.S. government is required to use either criminal or civil judicial forfeiture proceedings to gain title to the property.

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HELP US CELEBRATE 2018 SUCCESSES!

posted by Jennifer Diaz December 26, 2018 0 comments

successesDTL saved clients MILLIONS of dollars in 2018, below we share some of success stories with you. We look forward to assisting you in 2019!

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  • Successfully assisted numerous importers in various seizure cases to assist in getting property returned, despite CBP claims merchandise was drug paraphernalia, counterfeit, etc.

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MY GOODS HAVE BEEN SEIZED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?!/ ¡Mis Bienes Han Sido Decomisados!, /¿Qué Debo Hacer?

posted by Jennifer Diaz July 23, 2018 3 Comments

Why Have My Goods Been Seized?

For many companies who begin the process of importing goods there is an expectation and an underlying hope that the entire process will run smoothly. However, if your product is not compliant with U.S. laws and regulations, 19 CFR Part 162 and 19 CFR 151 authorizes U.S. Customs & Border (CBP) to either detain or seize your goods upon importation. For importers, the best moment to contact a Customs expert is at the detention phase. This will expedite the correct communication with CBP and increase the likelihood of your product not being seized. Continue Reading

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A Smoother Road to Exporting Vehicles: CBP’s New Electronic Validation Export Program

posted by Jennifer Diaz February 20, 2018 1 Comment

boatsIn our previous post “Knowing The Rules Of The Road: Exporting Cars From The U.S.”, we discussed CBP’s laws and regulations that must be followed to successfully export vehicles from the United States to foreign destinations. Failure to do so could result in the imposition of severe penalties — up to $10,000. Additionally, we provided a quick guide on how to export your vehicle form the United States, which provided all the documents required to successfully export your vehicle. Continue Reading

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AILA CLE Luncheon: Ports of Entry – Searches, Seizures and More!

posted by Jennifer Diaz November 7, 2017 1 Comment

fghdghDo you know rights (and your clients’ rights) when encountering law enforcement at airports and other ports of entry? Join us at The Rusty Pelican on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 11:45AM for an interactive discussion on various issues being encountered by travelers at ports of entry. Our panel of experts will discuss:
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The UGG Boots Story: How Recording Your Registered Trademark Can Lead to a Jail Sentence

posted by Jennifer Diaz October 19, 2017 4 Comments

At the end of September 2017, Shi Wei Zheng, 42, plead guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. During a five-month period, Zheng trafficked over 15,000 pairs of counterfeit UGG boots, with a total estimated retail value of over $2.5 million.
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Zheng created an elaborate scheme in order to receive and sell counterfeit UGG boots. From September 2016 through February 2017, Zheng received several shipping containers from an individual overseas, of which at least three containers were filled with counterfeit UGG boots. After the containers reached the Port of Entry, in this instance, Port of Newark, Zheng had individuals working at the port, remove the containers from the port before U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) could examine them. Once removed, the containers were delivered to other individuals, paid by Zheng to distribute the counterfeit boots in New Jersey and other places. Continue Reading

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Learn about “The ABC’S of Customs Seizures – PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance” From the Expert!

posted by Jennifer Diaz September 13, 2016 1 Comment

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE:  The ABC’S of Customs Seizures – PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance 

The DTL Team wants to ensure you are a compliant with U.S. federal regulations and laws when importing your goods from abroad! Here is your chance to learn directly from our Founder, Jennifer Diaz, about the “dos” and “don’ts” of importing. compliance-image

On Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, The Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) invites you to a Trade Talk Webinar Program on International Trade Compliance-Register NOW!

Did you know that In FY 2015, 28,865 seizures were for underlying Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations? The MSRP of the goods seized was $1,352,495,341! IPR enforcement is a priority trade initiative for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the detention and seizure process is a complicated one. If your merchandise is detained and/or seized, you have options. But more  Learn exactly how you should respond and more importantly how to avoid future problems with CBP.

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