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In Fiscal Year 2020 Louisville CBP Seize Over $109M in Counterfeits - U.S. Customs & Border Protection

LOUISVILLE, Ky — During the last 12 months, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers in Louisville, KY have, on a nightly basis, seized counterfeit goods ranging from sunglasses to wallets and from handbags to clothing. Fiscal year 2020, which is from October 1 2019, to September 30, 2020, saw CBP officers in Louisville intercept more than $109 million worth of various counterfeit goods.

A large majority of these counterfeits came from overseas locations, as these criminals target consumers ripping them off by selling substandard, and sometimes dangerous items, at top dollar prices. Of the 741 counterfeit seizures made, 343 shipments, 46%, came from Hong Kong with an MSRP just over $79 million. In second place was China with 280 seizures and an MSRP of $13.7 million.

And some of the items that made the seized list were jewelry, footwear, bags/wallets and electronics. The most seized item was clothing, 172 seizures. If the clothing was were real, the MSRP would have been $17.9 million, however, the most expensive items seized were watches. Only 35 seizures were watches with an MSRP of $36.1 million.

“These past year’s seizures show the great job our CBP officers here in Louisville do,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville. “With the explosion of e-commerce and the ongoing pandemic, consumers are using e-commerce at an unprecedented rate to buy their items. Buyers need to beware because criminals are out there ready to steal your money with these counterfeit items.”

CBP has established an educational initiative to raise consumer awareness about the consequences and dangers that are often associated with the purchase of counterfeit and pirated goods. Information about the Truth Behind Counterfeits public awareness campaign can be found at
https://www.cbp.gov/FakeGoodsRealDangers.

CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.


OTEXA:  Announcements - OTEXA

10/19/2020 – On October 1, Indonesia initiated a safeguard investigation on imports of articles of apparel and clothing accessories (HTS codes 6101, 6102, 6103, 6104, 6105, 6106, 6109, 6110, 6111, 6117, 6201, 6202, 6203, 6204, 6205, 6206, 6209, and 6214). For more information, see the investigation notice on the Indonesian Trade Security Committee (KPPI) website and the WTO website.


Proposed Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Certain Footwear - U.S. Customs & Border Protection / Customs Bulletin Weekly

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of proposed revocation of one ruling letter and revocation of treatment relating to the tariff classification of certain footwear.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 625(c), Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. §1625(c)), as amended by section 623 of title VI (Customs Modernization) of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 103–182, 107 Stat. 2057), this notice advises interested parties that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) intends to revoke one ruling letter concerning tariff classification of certain footwear under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). Similarly, CBP intends to revoke any treatment
previously accorded by CBP to substantially identical transactions.  Comments on the correctness of the proposed actions are invited

DATE: Comments must be received on or before November 13, 2020.

ADDRESS: Written comments are to be addressed to .S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Attention: Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, 90 K St., NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229–1177. Submitted comments may be inspected at the address stated above during
regular business hours. Arrangements to inspect submitted comments should be made in advance by calling Ms. Cammy Canedo at (202) 325–0439.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tatiana Salnik Matherne, Food, Textiles, and Marking Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, at (202) 325–0351.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:


Proposed Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Foil Print Fabric -  U.S. Customs & Border Protection / Customs Bulletin Weekly

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of proposed revocation of one ruling letter and revocation of treatment relating to the tariff classification of foil print fabric.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 625(c), Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1625(c)), as amended by section 623 of title VI (Customs Modernization) of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 103–182, 107 Stat. 2057), this notice advises interested parties that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to revoke one ruling letter concerning tariff classification of foil print fabric under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Similarly, CBP intends to revoke any treatment previously accorded by CBP to substantially identical transactions. Comments on the correctness of the proposed actions are invited.

DATE: Comments must be received on or before November 13, 2020.

ADDRESS: Written comments are to be addressed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Attention: Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, 90 K St., NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229–1177. Submitted comments may be inspected at the address stated above during
regular business hours. Arrangements to inspect submitted comments should be made in advance by calling Ms. Cammy Canedo at (202) 325–0439.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rhea, Food, Textiles, and Marking Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, at (202) 325–0035.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 


Federal Register Notices:

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will open a new  cargo processing facility at the St. Thomas Sandfill.   

The new facility is located adjacent to the Tropical Shipping warehouse and will open beginning on Monday October 19, 2020.    

All cargo clearances that were previously cleared at the Edward W. Blyden Marine Terminal and the Ron de Lugo Federal Building will now be processed at this new facility.  

“CBP is excited to open and operate at the St. Thomas Sandfill”, stated Marcia Murrell, Assistant Area Port Director-Trade. “We look forward to providing a facility that will further support the trade community as we continue in our efforts to automate cargo processing in the US Virgin Islands”.  

The new facility is a welcomed relief from the congestion created at the EWB Marine Terminal where CBP was relocated due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  

CBP Cargo Operations will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  The office can be reached at 340-714-1600.


Container Volume Projected to Remain Strong Through the Remainder of 2020 - Port of NY/NJ - Breaking Waves

Seven months into the COVID-19 global pandemic, with closures and restrictions all around us, the Port of New York and New Jersey remains open and fully operational. Container volumes have rebounded sharply, consistent with the elimination of most “blank sailings.” In August, the Port returned to 2019 levels, setting a new all-time monthly container record, including a new record for intermodal rail volume. At almost 65,000 lifts, the port-wide intermodal ExpressRail system handled 7.8 percent more volume than August 2019, with overall rail volume up 1.4 percent year-to-date through August 2020.    

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FTC Announces New Fraud Reporting Platform for Consumers: ReportFraud.ftc.gov - Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website, ReportFraud.ftc.gov, where consumers can easily report fraud and all other consumer issues directly to the FTC.

At ReportFraud.ftc.gov, consumers will find a streamlined and user-friendly way to submit reports to the FTC about scams, frauds, and bad business practices. The FTC has long encouraged consumers to report these issues to the FTC when they encounter them—whether or not they lost money to the fraud.

“Every time you report scams or bad business practices to the FTC, you’re helping to protect your community,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “With ReportFraud.ftc.gov, it’s quicker and easier than ever to share your story, and each report helps the FTC, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, fight fraud.”

One new feature of the site is that consumers who file a report will receive next steps from the FTC with advice on what to do based on their particular report. The FTC has more information available for consumers, including a new video explaining how the site works.

The site takes the place of the FTC Complaint Assistant, and consumers visiting that site will be redirected to ReportFraud.ftc.gov to share their information. The site is also in Spanish at ReporteFraude.ftc.gov.
 
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