Thursday, January 26, 2006

Tunnel Vision

One of the smart lawyers in my office altered me to this article from the New York Times. It reports on a tunnel stretching from Tijuana to Otay Mesa, California. Apparently, the tunnel was quite sophisticated. It sported concrete floors, water pumps, and ventilation. The authorities found several tons of marijuana on the Mexican side. Presumably that was destined for the U.S. On this side of the border, authorities found some marijuana and lots of bays for trucks. Given the limited supply in the U.S., it would appear the operators of the tunnel have adopted a just-in-time inventory system like most modern operations.

There has been a lot going on that I have not had the opportunity to cover. That includes some court decisions. In Wheatland Tubes, the Court of International Trade (via Judge Carman) had to determine whether 201 duties are "import duties" for purposes of calculating export price in an antidumping review. They are. In U.S. v. Ford, Judge Tsoucalas found that the U.S. botched a penalty case by failing to acknowledge receipt of a waiver of the statute of limitations. By failing to do so, the Court found the waiver ineffective and that the SOL had run by the time the U.S. sued Ford. So, Ford squeaked out of another potentially nasty penalty case. Everyone go check your files for letters of acknowledgement, right now.

On top of that, there is movement to implement the Morocco FTA, notice of the intent to enter into an FTA with Peru, restrictions on the importation of Italian antiquities have been extended, and the Port of Rockford, Illinois is going to expand to cover Rochelle, Illinois. How about that?

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