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HOT TOPIC! Trade Enforcement and Trade Facilitation Act (TFTEA)

  All importers should be aware that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is embracing a renewed approach to trade facilitation and enforcement, focusing on the following areas: Trade Enforcement Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) Centers

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Important Reminder: GSP Expiration December 31, 2017

Background: The GSP (Generalized System of Preference) provides duty-free treatment for over 3,500 products from a wide range of BCD’s (Beneficiary Developing Country’s) and an additional 1,500 products from LDBDC’s (Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Country’s).  The GSP program promotes economic

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Reminders: American Airlines Storage Fees

**If you are not importing via air freight, you may disregard this notice** Update: Published Accessorial Fees Effective October 1, 2017 Important Reminders: All Shipments: Terminating in LAX will accrue storage fees at 5:00pm on the 1st day after notification

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NEW Fish & Wildlife Electronic Licensing

Anyone who imports Wildlife must obtain a US Fish & Wildlife Service import/export license. In the past importers could apply for an import license from the service by completing a paper form and presenting it to a Service wildlife inspection

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Update: Violations on Wood Packaging Material (WPM) Requirements

Background: Non-Exempt Wood Packaging Material imported into  the United States must be fumigated/heat treated at the approved facilities at the place of origin to prevent harmful timber pests from entering into the United States. Lack of appropriate IPPC (International Plant

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CBP Initiatives to Increase Collection Efforts

CBP issued CSMS# 17-000489- CBP Bills for Supplemental Duties, Taxes and Fees, or Vessel Repair Duties as a reminder to the importers to pay their bills no later than 30 days from the date of the bill. CSMS #17-000489 Title:

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FDA Compliance Monitor

May 30, 2017 marked the first compliance date for the FDA FSMA rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). One part of program is that FSVP importers must monitor and document the compliance of each of their suppliers; verify that

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FDA Update

Low Acid Canned Food (LACF), Juice HACCP, Seafood HACCP under FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)   The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a constituent update regarding on how rules that implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

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West Coast Longshore Union Extension

For over a year a potential West Coast long shore union extension has been talked about since the subject was brought up at the maritime conference at Long Beach on March of 2016. A contract extension agreement has finally been

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PierPass TMF Increase Effective Today August 1, 2017

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 27, 2017 – The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) today announced that on August 1, 2017, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase by 2.3 percent. The

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