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GSP Expires 7/31/2013

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is set to expire on July 31, 2013.  The GSP provides duty free treatment to certain commodities from many countries – the Philippines, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and many others. At this time, there

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Penalties for ISF Non-compliance

We have been notified that Customs and Border Protection will begin full enforcement of ISF on July 9, 2013. As of that date, CBP will start issuing liquidated damages against ISF importers for ISF non-compliance. Please advise your shippers that the

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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

Posted in customs, customs food

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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Retroactive Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) Increase

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin billing for the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) increase that was retroactively effective on October 1, 2011.  Customs did not begin accepting the new MPF rate until November 5 and will begin the retroactive billing process

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Merchandise Processing Fee Increased to 0.3464%

Congress has voted to increase the Merchandise Processing Fee collected by U.S. Customs on every formal entry to 0.3464% of the FOB value from the current 0.21% of FOB value.  This increase has not affected the minimum MPF charged of

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It’s Your Duty!

We are encouraging our customers to apply for an ACH number. This allows us to pay duties and user fees on your behalf electronically. It’s a very simple process and we will be happy to walk you through it. Never

Posted in cargo fees, customs, customs food, international import export

What is a Customs Broker?

Here is the first video in a series that answers the most common questions we are asked about customs. Please let us know if you have any questions you would like us to answer in future videos.

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News from Fish & Wildlife, Customs, and the USDA

Fish & Wildlife News New Fees On January 1st, 2011 the Department of The Interior Fish & Wildlife Services will be implementing new inspection fees. These changes can be viewed at this link. Customs News Permissible Sharing of Client

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Customs Bonds

Customs bonds, also known as Surety Bonds, are required by the US Customs Service and are a way for the Customs to protect themselves in the event that liquidated damages are assessed against an importer, and so they can collect

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