Customs isn’t so “festive” at Christmas . . .

If you import Christmas- related items, you are probably heartened when you first see US Harmonized Tariff Heading 9505 which covers, in part: “Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles . . .; parts and accessories thereof;” and specifically, Subheading 9505.10, “Articles for Christmas festivities and parts and accessories thereof:”.  These are duty-free classifications when the…

Major changes to the Buy American Act on the way . . .

In mid-September, the Trump Administration announced proposed major changes strengthening certain of the Buy American preferences for purchases by the federal government. The federal Buy American Act is the leading federal law, of several in effect, that mandates a preference for American origin manufactured end products and construction materials.  Currently, the Buy American regulations empower…

Five Major Changes in the Drawback Modernization Regulations that Make it Less of a Drawback to Claim Drawback.

     Recent changes to Customs’ Drawback Program have earned the participation of formerly skeptical customs compliance managers and individual importers, leading to millions of dollars in refunds for the drawback of import duties, fees, and for some products, taxes.  Drawback is the refund, under certain circumstances, of 99 percent of the duties and specified…