Personalized In House Import and Export Training Compliance

New in 2018 – Personalized, in-house training on all areas of import and export compliance.  The Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly will work with your company to customize training sessions for you and your staff.  Take advantage of the convenience of training as few or as many employees at […]

What Is Prior Disclosure?

When an individual or company is importing goods into the United States, they are required to operate within the confines of customs law. If they fail to do so, they could be subject to civil–and sometimes even criminal–penalties. Indeed, a review of sections of code such as 19 USC 1592 […]

Reasonable Care

What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know: Reasonable Care Download it here:

What Every Importer Needs to Know About 19 USC 1592

Businesses that are importing goods into the United States need to be aware of the many laws and regulations that govern imports. Indeed, even what may appear to an importer as a minor violation could carry serious penalties. In fact, a review of 19 USC 1592 highlights that penalties can […]

Customs & Border Protection Enforcement Update

As fall begins, the trade community is faced with increased enforcement by CBP in two important areas. First, CBP Headquarters recently issued a Cargo Service Message (CSMS 17-000612) concerning potential penalties which may be assessed for “wood packaging materials” violations effective November 1, 2017.


A recent decision issued by the Court of International Trade provides the trade community with a broad interpretation of “lack of reasonable care” for purposes of penalty assessment under 19 USC 1592.  It is a significant decision for both importers and brokers.

What You Need to Know About Your CBP Cash Seizure Receipt

Those entering or leaving the U.S. with more than $10,000 are obligated to report the monetary instruments to CBP.  Failure to make this declaration can result in seizure of the cash or monetary instruments.  This seizure can be devastating for many, taking from them the money that they very much […]

What You Need to Know About Importing Chemicals from China

There are dozens of chemical product companies in China, making China a go-to choice for many in the United States in need of various chemicals for manufacturing or selling directly to customers in the U.S. However, import regulations in and of themselves can be difficult to understand; when the import […]

Importing from China Part II

In part I of this article, the difficulties of finding a legitimate supplier in China, as well as ensuring that the supplier operates in compliance with international trade laws, was discussed. In part II of this series, the laws for bringing goods into the U.S., as well as how to […]

Importing from China Part I

China manufacturers a number of affordable goods, that, when imported and sold in the U.S., can  result in profits for businesses. However, importing good from China is a complicated process that requires due diligence and a comprehensive understanding of import laws. In part one of this guide, finding a supplier […]

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