Legislation for Internet Sales Tax

Congress is deciding on a bill that requires internet sellers with annual sales of $1 million or more of annual sales outside of their home states to collect all the states’ sales tax. The legislation passed the Senate earlier this month on a 69-27 vote, and the House will vote on it in the near […]

CBP Intercepts Khapra Beetles at DFW Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists stationed at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport recently intercepted Khapra beetles in personal effects from passengers arriving from Sudan and India. “CBP agriculture specialists remain vigilant in safeguarding our agriculture industry by preventing the introduction of invasive, harmful pests and plant diseases into the country,” said Houston […]

CBP Ensures Mother’s Day Bouquets Are Safe

With Mother’s Day celebrations this weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States. “Travelers need to declare all items acquired in […]

Sophilia Hsu Speaks at NEC Corporation of America’s International Trade Compliance Conference

Sophilia Hsu, associate attorney in the Dallas-based global business & technology law firm of CHESTER pllc, recently presented on protecting intellectual property at the NEC Corporation of America’s International Trade Compliance Conference, which was held at NEC’s offices in Irving, Texas. The title of the presentation was, “Protecting Intellectual Property in International Markets.” Hsu addressed […]

India’s Supreme Court Decides to Provide Generic Drugs to the Poor Instead of Enforcing Patent

Earlier last month, the Supreme Court in India ruled on whether or not Novartis, a pharmaceutical company, should be given a patent for Glivec, a cancer drug. The Court decided a patent should not be given because the formula in question was too similar to Novartis’ earlier version of the drug. The India Patents Act […]

Customs Targets Illegally Imported Land Rover Defender Vehicles

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is on the lookout for illegal imports of Land Rover Defender vehicles that do not meet federal safety standards, including the standard that requires airbags. This year, CBP has identified dozens of illegal shipments at various ports of entry across the United States, including Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and […]

Chinese Man Sentenced for Exporting Sensitive US Military Technology to China

A former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor was sentenced Monday for exporting sensitive military technology to China, stealing trade secrets and lying to federal agents. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Sixing Liu, aka Steve Liu, 49, […]

Customs Seizes Thousands of Toasters with Counterfeit Safety Markings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized 14,904 toasters bearing counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety markings. “This is yet another example of CBP officers’ vigilance in preventing potentially dangerous counterfeit appliances from reaching American consumers,” said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field […]

Customs Seize Counterfeit Credit Cards

A male Mexican national was arrested last month for attempting to smuggle a number of fraudulent credit cards through the Dennis DeConcini port. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting an inspection of a tourist bus selected Leonardo Daniel Robles Castro, 23, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. During the search, officers found and […]