Customs Enforcement: Avoiding and Mitigating Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures for Importers and Customs Brokers
  • CODE : BEHR-0019
  • Duration : 90 Minutes
  • Level : Intermediate
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Martin is a customs and international trade lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Martin received a B.A. degree from Rutgers University, a master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. Martin is a distinguished graduate of both the U.S. Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Customs Service Academy. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land, air, and seaports of entry.  While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, Martin was also a member of the agency's export control branch.

Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, an assistant prosecutor with the Office of the Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and an executive with a global The FMC-licensed ocean shipping company. He was also a trade consultant with Unz & Co. Presently, Martin is an instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College., where he teaches import, export, and other international trade courses. Martin is also the principal of the Law Office of Martin K. Behr, which is located near the Port of New York/Newark.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other governmental entities enforce import laws and regulations by targeting and penalizing lawbreakers through monetary penalties and legal action. Unfair, unsafe, or illicit trade practice is not tolerated within U.S. supply chains. This requires national direction and uniformity among the 326 ports of entry and 42 CBP Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures field offices, as well as the use of appropriate compliance alternatives. This webinar focuses on avoiding or lessening the impact of international trade violations.

Learning Objectives

You should attend to learn how to shield yourself from all sorts of penalty actions. You should also attend so that if you are tagged by CBP, ICE, or some other governmental entity, you will have an idea of how to proceed with what could become a real headache.

Areas Covered

  • Legal Burdens
  • Informed Compliance and Reasonable Care
  • Relying on Customs Brokers for Legal Advice
  • When Forwarders Stand Between Importer and Customs Broker
  • Late, Stupid, or No Responses to CBP’s Request for Information Form
  • Not Knowing the Basics Concerning Customs’ Penalties
  • Marking Imported Items Incorrectly
  • Failure to Understand the USMCA and Other Free Trade Agreements
  • Underreporting the Value of Imported Merchandise
  • Recordkeeping Noncompliance
  • Commercial Fraud
  • 19 USC Section 1592
  • 19 USC Section 1641
  • Fraud, Gross Negligence, and Negligence
  • CBP Penalty Determinations
  • Maximum Civil Penalty Levels
  • Other Import Related Penalties
  • Penalties under the False Claims Act

Course Level - Beginner or Intermediate

Who Should Attend

Importers, exporters, inspectors, customs officers, customs brokers, insurance companies, surety companies, pharmaceutical, food stores, financial companies, banks, transportation providers (rail, air, ocean, trucking), legal, paralegals, beverage manufacturers, foreign trade zone operators, testing laboratories, accountants, CPAs, financial advisors, international trade consultants, federal and state and local government contractors, warehouse operators, sales departments, customer service departments.

Why Should You Attend

It seems that you can get a fine from any sort of government entity for doing just about anything. This is especially true if you are in the business of international trade as an importer, exporter, customs broker, freight forwarder, ocean and air carrier, and other person or company interacting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or any number of other U.S. federal departments and agencies. While the alleged violation may be of the Mickey Mouse variety in your eyes, CBP and other import and export gatekeepers often seek penalties that are harsh, frightening, expensive, and truly aggravating. Attend so that you know what to do so that you can have peace of mind. That way, you can better attend to your business and prosper.

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