Robert B. Silverman


  • A Must-Attend Webinar For Anyone Involved in Foreign Trade!
    Tuesday, November 2, 2010
    Editor: Please explain the nature of your firm's practice.
  • Doing Business In China Has Been Through Evolution, But It's Still Not The Same As Home
    Tuesday, December 1, 2009
    The Early Years
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    In recent years, costs arising from the importation of goods into the United States have declined steadily. Import duty has been eliminated or reduced on many imported products, entries can be filed electronically, and many archaic reporting requirements have been eliminated. However, recent Congressional action suggests that the cost of compliance will...
  • Sunday, June 1, 2008
  • Thursday, May 1, 2008
    Part II of this article will appear in the June issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. Introduction This is a two-part article about Customs and Border Protection's (Customs) increased interest in record-keeping penalties, and its failed efforts to find its first major court case to test its administrative record-keeping penalty authority...
  • Saturday, December 1, 2007
    Trade between the United States and China continues to be front page news, and the source of a great deal of uncertainty in the trade community. It is not uncommon to read newspapers articles about the trade imbalance between the two countries, the continued threat by Congress to impose duty increases on Chinese products to offset unfair currency conversion...
  • Monday, October 1, 2007
    The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism ("C-TPAT") and Container Security Initiative ("CSI") are recognized as U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ("CBP's") primary supply-chain cargo security initiatives. CBP uses these programs in conjunction with pre-shipment trade data filing programs and automated targeting and detection systems to help...
  • Failure To Substantiate Product Origin Can Result In Problems At The Border
    Tuesday, May 1, 2007
    All products imported into the United States are required by law to be permanently marked with their country of origin. Additionally, the origin of goods is often a determining factor as to whether they are subject to import restrictions; whether they are eligible for duty free trade programs; or whether they are subject to additional duties. Importers who...
  • Sunday, October 1, 2006
    Introduction Rare is the manufacturer, trader or publishing company that is not engaged in international trade. Companies are comfortable in working with corporate counsel to create a corporate structure, negotiate contracts, and to assist in assembling all of the pieces of a business. However, if the company is importing or exporting merchandise,...
  • Monday, May 1, 2006
    You would think that as globalization continues to expand, the identity of the source and origin of the product would be of diminishing interest. Putting consumer preferences or lack of them aside, the U.S. government wants to know where imported goods are made, and what processes are performed in the country of origin. Failure to properly report "origin"...
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