As the end of the year is
rapidly approaching, we
highly encourage all CCS
and CES designees to check their credits to ensure that their transcripts are up to
date. Please note that you
must have 20 credits per designation to renew for
the 2014 year. To check
your transcript, go to www.ncbfaa.org and log
in at individual profile login.
If you believe your transcript
is incomplete, please contact
Brandon Pinkney at email@example.com.
Export Control Reform Webinar Recap
On October 23, Mr. Gerry Horner, Director of the
Office of Technology
Evaluation for the Bureau
of Industry and Security presented a free NEI
webinar on Preparing
Information (EEI) Filings
for Export Control Reform.
In case you weren't able to attend, you may view the presentation free of charge here
. Gerry also took the
time to provide written responses to all questions asked during the webinar -
a copy of which can be downloaded here
ACE Software Developer Seminar Worth
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.
NEI #Connect2Win Winners
We are happy to announce
the winners of the NEI #Connect2Win Social
Karma Ruiz of World Wise Consulting, Inc.
Bill Connolly of Oceanair, Inc.
USCIB Trade Services
Congratulations to all of our winners! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem your webinar
voucher. Thank you to everyone who participated
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NEI Program for
Jan-Mar '14 Coming Soon!
Our quarterly program
listing of educational
offerings will be available
by the end of December!
Keep an eye out for it via email!
United States Secret Service Seizes Motor Vehicle When Purchaser from Dealer is a 'Straw Buyer"
The United States Secret Service (USSS), along with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have been seizing motor vehicles for alleged violations of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, customs fraud, and export requirements. The seizures are either made as part of a Court ordered Search or Seizure Warrant or administratively by CBP when the vehicles are presented to CBP as required prior to export. Warehousemen and international freight forwarders handling motor vehicles for export are being visited by and questioned by Federal Agents. In essence, the Government has generally alleged that either the named buyer of the vehicle from the dealership is not the true owner, or the vehicle is being falsely declared to CBP as a "new" vehicle when it is really a "used" vehicle.
Persons and companies should be aware of these investigations and actions by Federal law enforcement authorities in Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire, and other locations.
CBP has issued Rulings regarding the requirements for exporting a motor vehicle. See CBP Headquarters Ruling Number HQ H235018 dated February 20, 2013, HQ H228766 dated October 2, 2012, and HQ H204515 dated May 2, 2012. All of these may be found on the CBP website at www.CBP.gov.
A number of attorneys around the United States represent owners of the seized vehicles, and are challenging the Government's actions in numerous Federal courts. It remains to be seen whether the Government's actions will ultimately succeed in forfeiting the vehicles, and related bank accounts, or whether the vehicles and funds in the bank accounts will be returned to their owners. What is certainly true is that the Government is spending a lot of time and money interviewing hundreds of potential witnesses and defendants. Persons such as buyers, exporters, and freight forwarders, who have been approached to be interviewed by Special Agents from USSS, FBI, or HSI are cautioned always to get legal counsel. What is also certainly true is that the actions by the United States Government law enforcement officials are disrupting what for years were considered legitimate business transactions. The obvious result of the Government's recent enforcement activities is that instead of auto dealers in the United States selling cars to be exported to places such as China, the vehicles will instead be shipped to places like China and sold through a dealership there. For all the foreign made vehicles that never touch the United States, for which the auto dealers in the United States never get to sell, and the sales tax is never collected by the State in which the car is sold, it is hard to see a public benefit from the Government's recent activities.
Source: Peter Quinter, Attorney-at-Law.
APHIS Restructures Veterinary Services Program
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reorganized its Veterinary Services (VS) program in November 2013 into four strategically focused units:
"Surveillance, Preparedness and Response (SPRS) for animal health needs in the major animal commodity groups"
"National Import Export Services (NIES) for import and export initiatives from policy setting to inspection at ports of entry"
"Science, Technology and Analysis (STAS) building on scientific, technical, and analytical foundation to support VS in meeting its mission"
"Program Support Services (PSS) for providing key support services for VS personnel and stakeholders."
To learn more about the changes in the structuring of VS, click here.
Source: APHIS Stakeholder Registry
January 2014 Registration Now Available
The CCS course provides trade professionals involved in the import industry with the most up-to-date information they need to become experts in current import regulations. It is also a valuable way for employers to recognize who is most capable for a job thanks to their commitment to continuing education. The course reviews fundamental points relevant to the import process while delving into practical, germane subject matter not generally tested on the Customs Broker License exam. The course is also updated to reflect the ever-changing import industry. Register today to get one step closer to being considered an expert in imports!
Director's Blog Shares Industry Insights
We are proud to introduce our new "Director's Blog" completely authored by NEI Executive Director Federico "Kiko" Zuniga. The blog which shares insights regarding the industry, continuing education and international trade drawn from Kiko's valuable experience as a practitioner in the field as well as a continuing leader in the industry.
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.