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Trademark Violation Enforcement by CBP and HSI: Counterfeit or Gray Market Merchandise

CBP targets, stops, examines, detains, and seizes hundreds of millions of dollars every year of merchandise that infringes the trademark of a trademark owner. Many of those detentions and seizures are of “gray market” merchandise, and most of those shipments are perfectly legal to import or export. Learn what a “gray market” good is, how to best interact with CBP whenever the Trade Enforcement Team detains a shipment, and how to effectively persuade the Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Office to release seized “gray market” merchandise.

Join experts Peter Quinter, Esq., Robert Becerra, Esq., and Homeland Security Investigations Supervisory Special Agent James Weir for this seminar, ideal for customs brokers, importers, and other trade professionals.



Dec 08 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am


FCBF Webinar or Seminar


  • Peter Quinter
    Peter Quinter
    Chair, US Customs and Trade Law Group

    Shareholder and U.S. Customs and International Trade Law Group Chair Peter Quinter practices in the Miami, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices of GrayRobinson. Peter principally represents individuals and companies involved in international trade and transportation, including litigation in the federal courts located in Florida and the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. Florida Bar Board Certified in international law, Peter was appointed by The Florida Bar to the International Law Certification Committee.

    Peter has received recognition for his experience and leadership by several reputable sources. Peter is recognized by Florida Trend in its “Florida 500: Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders” as well as among its “Legal Elite” in the area of international law. Peter has been ranked both globally and nationwide in Chambers USA for International Trade: Customs. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Peter to the Florida District Export Council because of his knowledge of and experience in international trade. Florida Super Lawyers magazine included him in the top 5 percent in Florida, and he was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of FDA law.

    Peter served as legal counsel at the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the U.S. Customs Service (now known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in Miami, Florida. Responsibilities included providing legal advice and representation to management of customs on all matters involving the administration and enforcement of the customs and international trade laws. He provided legal advice on virtually all U.S. Customs activities undertaken by its enforcement, commercial operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and regulatory audit personnel. Peter assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in civil and criminal prosecutions on various customs violations, including commercial fraud, trade embargoes, and export controls.

    Peter proudly serves on the FCBF Board of Directors.

  • Robert Becerra
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