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An Update on the Renewal of the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) and The Refund Process

On June 29, 2015, the President signed the bill that reauthorizes GSP through December 31, 2017 and makes GSP retroactive to July 31, 2013.  As provided in the Act, duty-free treatment of GSP-eligible imports will become effective 30 days after

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Draft Guidance for Industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program for Food Importers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) for importers of human or animal food. What do Importers need  to know about the Voluntary Qualified

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Air Manifest Outage on June 6-7,2015 (Saturday-Sunday)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent a Public Bulletin notifying the trade community that on June 6,2015, the Air Automated Manifest System (AMS) will be brought offline. ACE will become the new system of record for Air Manifests. What will

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Newsflash: Possible DHS Shutdown

Customs may have to furlough 6000 employees if a funding issue is not resolved by midnight of February 27,2015. There was a conference call made between NCBFAA and CBP Commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske discussing what the impact will be to

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Reminder: Import License and Permit Renewal

This is just a courtesy reminder to all our clients that it is very important that you monitor and renew your import permits and licenses in a timely manner in order to avoid unnecessary problems or delays in the clearance

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Update on Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport ISF Enforcement

On July 9, 2013, nearly 15 months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented an Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement Strategy to improve ISF compliance.  The ISF policy requires that all ISF information on the shipment bound for the

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IMPORTANT: 2014 Food Facility Biennial Registration Renewal

October 1, 2014 12:01am through December 31, 2014 12:59pm Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities that are required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during

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A Message from Rod Flegenheimer

At Flegenheimer International, we like to make it a point to get out of the office and do things that help us better our knowledge so we can provide the best service possible to our clients. We are involved with

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Sequestration – What to Expect

Without preventive action from Congress, sequestration cuts to the federal budget will go into effect on March 1, 2013.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be expected to cut $754 million from its budget during this fiscal year. CBP plans

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FDA Deadline Approaches

Food Facility Registration and Re-registration Deadline January 31, 2013 is the deadline for all food facilities – foreign and domestic – that manufacture, pack or store food, alcoholic beverages, food ingredients, pet foods or dietary supplements to renew their food

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