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What is C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)?

  C-TPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed

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Reminder: FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal and U.S. Agent Action Required for Foreign Food

Please disregard this notice if you, as an importer who process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S., your manufacturers, packers or shippers already renewed your FDA registration number. Please read very carefully: Under CSMS #16-000984, 

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Import Alert: Final Rule on Seafood Import Monitoring Program Requirements under National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS)

Final Rule Effective Date: January 9, 2017 but will not be mandatory until January 1, 2018 NMFS has published requirements for their Seafood Import Monitoring Program. The final rule establishes permitting, reporting and recordkeeping procedures relating to the importation of

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FSMA UPDATE (Small Business Compliance Guide): Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued small entity compliance guidances under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to assist small and very small businesses with the implementation of the Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive

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Reminder: U.S. FDA Facilities Biennial Registration Renewal (December 2016)

Reminder from FDA: October 1, 2016 12:01AM through December 31, 2016 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

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Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) under Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

On June 15, 2016, Flegenheimer International sent out information about the final rule on FDA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). CBP also sent a CSMS#16-000691 informing the import community  such as importers, consignees, manufacturers, shippers, foreign suppliers, and other stakeholders

Posted in ACE, containers, customs, customs food, duties, fda, Food & Drug, free trade, freight, fumigation, importer responsibility, international import export, isf, port of long beach, port of los angeles, port of oakland, ports, prior notice, produce, seafood, shrimp, terminals, trade, tuna, usda, west coast Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Consolidated Seafood Permit under National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) To Take Effect September 20, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Services issued a final rule that will require three programs under NMFS to obtain a single International Fisheries Trade Permit (IFTP). This will take in effect on September 20, 2016. The three programs under NMFS below

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Are you Subject to Produce Safety Rule Under FSMA?

The following are the basic criteria that will determine whether an operation that meets the definition “farm” is subject to the produce rule: First, Does your farm grow, harvest, pack or hold produce? If your answer is yes, you are

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Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and Its Compliance Dates

According to FDA, they will inspect FSVP importers to ensure they are  in compliance. The compliance dates must be noted below: May 30, 2017 For the importation of food from a supplier that is subject to the preventive controls or

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Mandatory Transition in ACE: National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) Requirements

Back  in February 28,2016, we sent a newsletter about CBP currently working to transition cargo processing to the Automated Commercial Envrionment (ACE). ACE is being developed as the primary, modernized system through which the U.S. government will track, control and

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