Elderly Man Arrested for Smuggling Counterfeit Erectile Dysfunction Pills

A man was sentenced recently to 30 months in federal prison for smuggling nearly 40,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills that were discovered in a golf bag and other luggage when he entered the United States at Los Angeles International Airport last year. Kil Jun Lee, 73, who resides in the Koreatown district of Los Angeles, […]

Venezuelan Colonel Sentenced for Arms Export Conspiracy

A Venezuelan air force colonel has been sentenced to 19 months in federal prison for exporting military aircraft engines to Venezuela, following a joint probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and FBI. Guiseppe Luciano Menegazzo-Carrasquel, 49, was sentenced Aug. 19 by U.S. District Judge […]

Customs Seizes $3.9 in Counterfeit Consumer Goods

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a shipment of 70,000 counterfeit consumer products July 22 at the port of Newark, N.J. Working closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, CBP officers intercepted an estimated $3.9 million worth of the illicit products, including razor blades, toys, sunglasses, markers and batteries, for violating intellectual property laws. […]

Customs Seizes $12M in Fake Designer Watches

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) seized 215 watches bearing counterfeit Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Omega registered trademarks. The merchandise, which arrived from China via air cargo, was seized by CBP officials on August 8. If genuine, the seized watches estimated manufacturer’s […]

US Customs Collaborates with German Customs for Big Seizure

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced recently that 20,000 Zolpidem pills, a schedule IV controlled substance, have been seized thanks to a collaborative enforcement effort with the German Customs Investigations Bureau Zollkriminalamt. “Timely information from Zollkriminalamt and excellent targeting and coordination efforts by CBP’s Pharmaceuticals Center of Excellence and Expertise resulted in this significant interception, keeping these harmful […]

Modernization of Export Process and Full Deployment of Automated Commercial Environment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) presented updates and received valuable feedback from trade stakeholders on a variety of trade facilitation, antidumping enforcement and modernization issues during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations (COAC). “We have a lot of work to do. We need your help in getting people ready […]

Destroyed: Illegally Imported and Unsafe Land Rover Defender

A Land Rover Defender, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized at the Baltimore seaport April 16 as an illegal and unsafe import, was destroyed in spectacular fashion at an undisclosed Maryland salvage yard recently. This Defender is one of dozens stopped in recent months at ports of entry in Philadelphia, Norfolk, Va., […]

Changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations Export Requirements

On March 14, 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) published new export reporting requirements under the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) in the Federal Register that become effective January 8, 2014.  Specifically, Census is requiring mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through AES Direct for all shipments of used self-propelled […]