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What is Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement? Why do you need to know about it?

Some of you might have heard about Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),  the TPP is a trade agreement between several Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters of economic policy. Among other things, the TPP will seek to lower trade barriers

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CBP and FDA Outage Today Septermber 22,2015

Please be advised that the link between CBP and FDA has been down nationwide since last night. This was preventing us from receiving ABI (Electronic) releases from FDA and CBP. As of right now, it looks like CBP has resolved

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Have You Signed Up For G-Trac Yet?

What is G-Trac? G-Trac is live, up to the minute, real time status of your shipment. You will automatically receive current status of your shipment such as: o Food and Drug Status FDA May Proceed FDA Documents Review FDA HOLD/Detained

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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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GSP To Be Renewed Retroactively and Other Major Trade Legislation To Be Reinstated

H.R. 1295 – the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the “Act”) has been approved by Congress on June 25,2015 and was signed by the President on June 29,2015. The Act will renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) preferential

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Draft Guidance for Industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program for Food Importers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) for importers of human or animal food.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 Port Labor Shortages

On November 3, 2014, ILWU and PMA sent their immediate release regarding current issues at the port. First actions on th part of ILWU was brought over the weekend causing Port of Tacoma and Seattle to shut down after 1/2

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