Last August, the feds raided Gibson for allegedly using an inappropriate tariff code on wood from India, which would be a violation of The Lacey Act. “They…come in with weapons, they seized a half-million dollars worth of property, they shut our factory down, and they have not charged us with anything,” says Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. The issue is not even whether the wood in question was endangered, but whether the wood was the correct level of thickness and finish before being exported from India. Gibson had previously been raided under The Lacey Act for imports from Madagascar.
Both governments involved say the transactions were lawful, the U.S. government says it wasn’t, but six months after the last raid, they haven’t filed any charges and they won’t allow Gibson to have a day in court to hash this out.
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Hat tip: Brian B.