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Apparel Importer's Agent Commissions, Indirect Payments are Dutiable, CBP Says

An apparel importer’s purported buying agent commissions, a cash advance to its supplier and indirect payments for fabric development and inspection fees should all have been included in the transaction value of the apparel for valuation purposes, CBP said in … 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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