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GAC and The Customs
Business Fairness Act of 2019
JFK Brokers seek Congressional support
JFK Customs Brokers & Freight
Forwarders Association members
attending the Government Affairs
Conference (GAC) members of the
were able to speak with Rep. Peter
King who is the sponsor of the H.R.
2661 Customs Business Fairness
Act of 2019. They also met with
staff members for Rep. Kathleen
Rice and Rep. Grace Meng to seek
support of the Act as Cosponsor
Congressman Meeks already does.
At the GAC there were representatives
from Associations across
the country. One of the main objectives
this year was visiting the
various members of the House and
discussing the Customs Business
Fairness Act of 2019 (H.R. 2261).
They are trying to move the bill forward
but we need more co-sponsors
(there are currently 11 co-sponsors,
They are seeking participation
from other members and ask that
broker companies send a letter supporting
the following aspects of the
At the crux of the matter is
bankruptcy liability. As the bankruptcy
law is currently written,
Members of the JFK Custom Brokers and
Freight Forwarders Association Maureen
Hannah, Patrick Caulfield, Rep. Peter
King, Howard Woltmann & Jim Emerson
at the Representive's office.
however, customs brokers have no
protection in the event that an importer
client declares bankruptcy.
Brokers are often the target of
bankruptcy trustees seeking to recover
duty payments made from
the importer to CBP through the
customs broker during the 90-day
“claw back” period. This practice
punishes the broker for performing
an important service that CBP,
as well as the larger federal apparatus,
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