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ISF Enforcement Update
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NEI 2014 First Quarter Program Now Available!
The first quarter program for 2014 is now available online. Check out upcoming webinars, online courses, and events for the months of January to March. All listings in the program are CCS/CES credit approved. Get a jump start on your continuing education in 2014 now!

Click here to access the 2014 First Quarter Program! 


Staff Email Address Discontinued

Please note that the email address will soon be discontinued.  All general inquiries should be sent to

ACE Software Developer Seminar Worth Six Credits
Six CCS/CES credits will be granted to attendees of the NCBFAA ACE Software Developer Seminar on February 25, 2014, at the Westin Baltimore- Washington Airport-BWI. 

Check Your Credits!

As the end of the year is almost upon us, we encourage all CCS and CES designees to check their transcripts to ensure they have enough credits to renew for 2014.  As a reminder, you must earn 20 credits per calendar year (per designation) to renew for the new year. To check your transcript, please go to, login to your Individual Profile and click on "Continuing Education Credits".  If you believe your transcript is incomplete, please email NEI Admin Assistant Brandon Pinkney at

Renewal notices for eligible designees will go out in early January, with renewal fees due by March 31st.  

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All of us at the NEI would like to wish you a very happy holiday season! Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to connecting with you in the New Year.

ICE, International Law Enforcement Agencies seize 706 Domain Names Selling Counterfeit Merchandise

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with 10 foreign law enforcement agencies to seize hundreds of domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers.


The 706 domain names seized were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season. The operations were coordinated by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, D.C.

An iteration of Operation In Our Sites, Project Cyber Monday IV resulted in the seizure of 297 domain names from undercover operations conducted by HSI offices around the country. This is the fourth year that the IPR Center has targeted websites selling counterfeit products online in conjunction with Cyber Monday. Due to the global nature of Internet crime, the IPR Center partnered with Europol who, through its member countries, seized 393 foreign-based top-level domains as part of Project Transatlantic III. Additionally, Hong Kong Customs coordinated the seizure of 16 foreign-based top-level domains hosted in Hong Kong, enlisting the assistance of the web-hosting companies to suspend the service of related websites.


To read more, click here.


Source: U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

Free Trade Agreements (FTA) Pages Updated

Each of the FTA pages on the have been extensively expanded to include the following documents: free immediately and the phase-out schedule to determine future duty rates.)


Please see the following links to each of the following FTAs.


The CAFTA and Israel FTA page updates are pending. The NAFTA pages remain very complete but dated.  Links to these websites are referenced below.  Also be advised that there are some excellent MPF, Value and Reasonable Care. The link on the Trade Agreements page here:



Questions can be directed to


Source: U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Important Policy Changes
The NEI will be implementing two new policies effective January 1, 2014.  These policies have been in the public domain, open for comment for the last six months.
Designation Reinstatement
Current reinstatement fees are $145 for one year removed; $245 for two or more years removed. Additionally effective January 1, 2014, we will also require continuing education credits be earned. To reinstate, a lapsed individual will need to take two free case studies from previous years, as well as pay the reinstatement fee.


Late Renewal
Effective January 1, 2014, any certification renewals that come in past the deadline will incur a $15 late fee. A grace period will be offered, but if renewal is submitted after April 15, the fee will become $110 (instead of $95).
For questions regarding these new policies, please contact
Contact us at or (202) 466-0222
This communication is provided by the NCBFAA Educational Institute for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute the rendering of legal counsel or other professional services. Before you act on any information provided in this document, you should seek professional advice regarding its applicability to your specific circumstances.