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    Labor Dispute at East Coast Ports Could Lead to Potential Strike

    The contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) is set to expire on September 30, 2012. The ILA represents longshoremen working along the East Coast ports. USMX represents 14 major East Coast and … Continue reading

    Important Update – Changes to Medical Device Establishment Registration Requirements!

    This is an important update for all importers who have registered Medical Device Establishments with the FDA. Owners or operators of businesses that are involved in the production and distribution of medical devices intended for use in the United States … Continue reading

    Retroactive Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) Billing

    Most importers are aware that the MPF was increased last year from 0.21% to 0.3464%. The minimum and maximum remained at $25 and $485 respectively. It was signed into law on October 21, 2011 with a retroactive date of effect … Continue reading

    No importer wants to pay ADD or CVD. However beware of circumvention!

    I completely understand that ADD and CVD duties can be very¬†onerous. As importers try to find ways to avoid ADD and CVD, it is extremely important that they are aware of the danger of¬†circumvention. The domestic companies who are behind … Continue reading

    ADD and CVD cases involving Solar Cells from China: Watch out!

    Most importers of solar panels are now well aware of the ADD and CVD determinations made this year covering certain solar cells manufactured in China. However from talking to various importers, there are some key elements of the determinations that … Continue reading