Revisions to Foreign Manufacturer Legal Accountability Act

Friday, July 16, 2010

Revisions to H.R. 4678, Foreign Manufacturer Legal Accountability Act

According to the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), there is discussion to revise H.R. 4678 that would require foreign manufacturers of certain products to register an agent in the U.S. to accept service of process on their behalf for state or federal court proceedings.  The revision being discussed would require a declaration from the importer attesting that the foreign manufacturer of imported products has a registered agent in the U.S. to accept service of process. 
The identity of the foreign manufacturer may not be known or even available to importers.  In these cases, the importer may not file a declaration or file an erroneous one leaving the importer subject to penalties.    
The NCBFAA has sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee asking them to reject this legislation.
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