U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that an importer has paid $3.3 million to settle its civil liability under 19 USC 1592 for entering goods by means of false statements or omissions. CBP states that the importer provided false product descriptions, HTSUS numbers, and/or duty rates for entries of certain machinery used in the production of optical lenses as well as repair parts. The matter was resolved when CBP accepted the importer’s offer in compromise, which is a written offer and deposit of funds to settle civil liability relating to a government claim arising under the customs laws.
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