The ACCG has imported unprovenanced coins of Cypriot and Chinese type for purposes of a test case. See: http://www.accg.us/issues/news/coin-collectors-to-challenge-state-department-on-import-restrictions
As I state in the ACCG press release, “Research and discovery to date in a separate ongoing Freedom of Information Act case strongly suggests that State Department bureaucrats acted improperly by adding coins to import restrictions on Chinese cultural goods without any formal request from PRC officials. Even more troubling, is their July 2007 decision to impose import restrictions on coins of Cypriot type, which appears to have been adopted contrary to the recommendations of CPAC.”
My firm will be pursuing this matter on behalf of the ACCG. See: http://www.becounsel.com/
In addition, the ACCG is also receiving legal advice and counsel from the well-known customs law firm of Serko, Simon, Gluck & Kane LLP for purposes of this litigation. See: http://www.customs-law.com/
The ACCG hopes that this Customs action will allow a Court to ultimately determine whether the Department of State's actions are arbitrary and capricious.
Monday, May 11, 2009
ACCG Imports Restricted Coins for Test Case
Posted by Cultural Property Observer at 1:23 PM
Labels: ACCG, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, ECA, FOIA Lawsuit, Import Restrictions, Nicholas Burns, US Customs
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I might add, for the edification of some who see this importation as criminal, that the properly declared entry of a restricted item is not in any way a criminal act. The ACCG did, in fact, go to great lengths to assure that Customs was made aware of the exact nature of the contents and of the action that prohibits their importation. Customs did act, under law, and detained the entry. Where is the crime?
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