May 27, 2007 |
Six customs inspectors have told federal officials that their bosses instructed them to enter false data indicating that airline passengers had been stopped and inspected for plant and animal contraband. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers allege that in 2005, supervisors at Orlando Sanford International Airport told them to falsify information typically gathered during direct interviews and inspections of international passengers or crew members, according to a report by the U.S.
September 22, 2006 |
Congressional Republicans agreed Thursday to prohibit customs agents from seizing prescription drugs that Americans buy in Canada and bring back into the United States. The deal would let Americans carry up to a 90-day supply of medication back to the U.S. from Canada without being stopped by customs agents, said House and Senate Republicans. But it would not let Americans buy less-expensive prescriptions over the Internet or by mail order, officials said. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
August 29, 2005 |
A U.S. delegation headed by Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) was detained for three hours at a Russian airport Sunday before being allowed to leave the country for Ukraine. Border guards in the Siberian city of Perm demanded to search the U.S. government aircraft carrying the delegation, which also included Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
February 1, 2005 |
The commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expected to announce today new security standards that would allow some importers to avoid cargo inspections and gain immediate clearance for their shipments. Until now, importers who had agreed to the conditions of the federal program known as the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism received expedited processing and fewer cargo inspections than those who weren't in the program.
September 1, 2004 |
One of the few compensations that offset the disappointment of having to end a great vacation abroad is the opportunity to bring back some of your favorite foreign goodies to eat at home as you try to recapture the taste and smell and feel of those glorious vacation days. But what can you bring back -- legally? When my family and I came back from France last month, I decided to find out.
February 1, 2004 |
Figuring out what you can and can't bring back to the U.S. from abroad can be vexing. The rules are complicated, and punishment for violations can be stiff. Whom do you turn to? That too can be confusing. Since last spring, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been responsible for customs. Previously three federal departments -- Justice, Treasury and Agriculture -- shared responsibility for immigration and customs. Consolidating staffs and revising procedures is ongoing. The new U.S.