Episode 248: Special: Tariffs and Taxes

Tariff and Tax

Tariffs are Taxes!

Tariffs are taxes

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by Manufacturing Talk Radio Executive Producer Tim Grady.

Uninformed, misinformed, ill informed?

Interview Robert Silverman, Esq.

An insightful interview with Bob Silverman, Founding Partner of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman and Klestadt, one of the nation’s largest law firms devoted exclusively to international trade and customs matters who discusses the various bodies of tariff law and the current collection activities of U.S. Customs.

James Howard, Metal Distributor from North Carolina

Hear James Howard, President of Howard Metals in Charlotte, North Carolina, express the financial pressures his small metal distributorship is facing because of tariffs which, if it continues, could put him and other small U.S. businesses out of business.

Phillip Sutter, Director of Strategic Analysis with Livingston International

Philip J. Sutter is the Director of US Regulatory Affairs within Livingston’s Global Trade Management business, with responsibility for monitoring the progress and potential impact of strategic trade initiatives such as the NAFTA renegotiation, CETA, TPP and Brexit. His expertise covers the avoidance and recovery of duty, the mitigation of compliance exposure and risk, including analysis of classification, special trade programs, country of origin and valuation. Learn what you can and should be doing if you are importing goods from a non-exempt country.

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Today's Guests

Robert Silverman, Esq. - Attorney

Robert Silverman, Esq.

Robert Silverman is a founding partner of the New York based law firm of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. GDSLK is one of the largest law firms specializing in Customs law and related trade matters. Before entering into private practice to form the firm, Mr. Silverman served as a trial attorney in the Customs Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he represented U.S. Customs in proceedings before the Court of International Trade, Federal District Courts, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The firm’s clients include importers, exporters, retailers, foreign manufacturers, buying agents, trading companies, trade associations, customshouse brokers, and foreign governments. Mr. Silverman and his firm act as Customs and trade counsel to some of the largest and most prestigious multinational companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of luxury goods, apparel, footwear, electronics, automobiles, and food products. The firm also represents exporters in connection with compliance issues and has an entire group dedicated to antidumping and trade matters.

Mr. Silverman routinely assists these clients in structuring their import transactions in order to minimize Customs duties, ensure regulatory compliance and eliminate Customs penalty exposure. He represents companies during Customs audits involving classification, valuation
and eligibility under Free Trade Agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA, AGOA, GSP, etc.; Customs investigations, seizures, exclusions, penalty and liquidated damages assessments. He also is responsible for firm litigation matters before the federal courts.

He has written and lectured widely on Customs and trade issues. He graduated cum laude from law school and he was on the law review. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting. He has authored “Analysis of the Customs Regulations Regarding Customs Brokers”, and he serves as customs counsel to the NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association. He has authored numerous articles for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and other trade publications. He has been recognized in “The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers”.

James Howard - Metal Distributor

James Howard,
Metal Distributor

Owner and operator of Howard Steel Inc. I served in the united states navy during Vietnam era. I’m Married and my wife’s name is Monica. I’ve been in business for 38 years serving the North Carolina and South Carolina areas. I started the business as a distributor and fabricator and As time went by started sub-work for manufactures. Howard steel is customer oriented. We know that our customers have deadlines to meet so we strive to achieve their goals and retain their business! We have a broad spectrum of customers ranging from home builders, tractor manufactures, custom design work and the trucking industry.

Phillip Sutter - Customs Broker

Phillip Sutter,
Customs Broker

Philip J. Sutter is the Director of U.S. Regulatory Affairs, with responsibility for monitoring the progress, potential impact, and dissemination of strategic trade initiatives. Phil’s team at Livingston also acts as a valuable and integral advisory resource for Livingston operations. Numerous trade articles are posted externally on the Livingston Trade News website.

Phil has been involved in advising internal and external parties on the NAFTA renegotiation, Section 232, Section 301, CETA, TPP and Brexit. His expertise covers the avoidance and recovery of duty, the mitigation of compliance exposure and risk, including analysis of classification, special trade programs, country of origin, and valuation.

Before joining Livingston in 2012, Phil was a vice president at JP Morgan, senior manager at Vastera, and project/finance manager at the Ford Motor Company. Phil is a licensed US Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, and a graduate of Davenport University (BA, Accounting) and Walsh College (MSF, Finance). He is also a member of American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI).