Fall 2023 Newsletter

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News from the Clerk of the Court

Federal Circuit and CIT Case Summaries



Event Highlights


We Hope to See You at These Upcoming CITBA Events:

October 25, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Have Gavel, Will Travel: The Scope of Judge Jane A. Restani’s 40 Years of Service

The U.S. Court of International Trade will hold a Special Session in the ceremonial courtroom to celebrate Judge Restani’s 40 years of service. The Special Session will be followed by a reception co-hosted by CITBA in the Court’s library.

November 9, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Related Party Valuation

CITBA and the Customs Lawyers Association are hosting a deep dive discussion into customs valuation. This panel discussion will explore U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s evolving determinations as to the proper valuation of related party transactions and the use of Advance Pricing Agreements and transfer pricing arrangements in that determination. The panel will include Yuliya Gulis (Director for the Commercial & Trade Facilitation Division, Regulations and Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection), David P. Sanders (Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP), and Joy Marie Virge (Attorney-Advisor in the Valuation and Special Programs Branch, Regulations and Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and will be moderated by Christopher Hyner (Associate, King & Spalding LLP).


November 14, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Members Only Speakers Series: Interactions of Brokers and Clients regarding Prior Disclosures of Potential Violations of 19 USC 1592 Under Recent Amendments to 19 CFR Part 111

The November session of the Members Only Speakers Series will feature Amadi Anene of DLA Piper. Amadi will discuss the recent amendments to 19 CFR Part 111 to how brokers and their clients interact when the broker or client discovers potential violations of 19 USC 1592.

¡Customs Corner!

RELATED PARTY VALUATION PANEL DISCUSSION: Please join us and the Customs Lawyers Association on November 9, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., in person at King & Spalding (1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006) or virtually for a deep-dive panel discussion on Related Party Valuation. Customs valuation is one of the most critical, and arguably most difficult, areas of customs law. And, it’s one that has a lot at stake for businesses and the U.S. Government in an increasingly ad valorem world of duty assessment. This panel discussion is not for the uninitiated – we will dive deep into the weeds of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s evolving determinations as to the proper valuation of related party transactions and the use of Advance Pricing Agreements and transfer pricing arrangements in that determination. We will bring a magnifying glass perspective into this important area of customs law and discuss the benefits and difficulties for both the regulator and the private sector in looking to tax agreements for customs valuation purposes. You will not want to miss it! Register at www.citba.org.


´╗┐The Customs Committee is open to any CITBA Member who would like to join! We meet quarterly (July, October, January, and April) around lunch time to give us all a chance to stay in the “know” on current customs events. Each meeting starts with a short informal presentation giving us a “heads-up” about interesting current customs matters. We will then open the meeting for discussion, questions, or anything else that occurs organically. We hope you will join us! If you would like to join and receive updates regarding meeting times and logistics, please make sure to “join” the Customs Committee through the CITBA.org website. All meeting details and links will be communicated through the website platform.

Other Announcements:

CITBA Welcomes Its Newest President – Emily Beline

As of September 1, 2023, Emily Beline became CITBA’s newest President following the retirement of Michele Lynch. CITBA is grateful to the many years Michele has devoted to the trade community, including her role as the first government attorney in CITBA’s history to hold the position of President. CITBA thanks Emily for the guidance and service she has already provided CITBA in past years and looks forward to her continued engagement with CITBA and the entire trade community.


CITBA Wants to Hear from You!

The CITBA Board is looking for information and feedback on how we can best meet the needs of the Trade Bar. Please give us a few minutes of your time to share your opinions and help us make CITBA an even better and stronger organization. Click HERE for a short survey, and in less than 10 minutes you will have helped shape our priorities moving forward.


We Hope You Were Able Attend CITBA’s Recent Events:

* Summer Trivia and Networking Night hosted by the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Young Lawyers Committees of CITBA

* August Members Only Speaker Series on Forced Labor and led by Simeon Yerokun

* September Members Only Speaker Series on UK criminal liability for corporate wrongdoing and led by Elliot Letts