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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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Pier Pass Advisory For Ocean Importers

Effective August 1, 2015, the Marine Terminal Operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be increasing the Traffic Mitigation Fee (Pier Pass) to $69.17 per TEU and $138.34 per FEU. Please see the attached Press Release

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Draft Guidance for Industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program for Food Importers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) for importers of human or animal food.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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ISF/10+2 Full ISF Enforcement

May 14,2015 will be the final phase of ISF Full Enforcement by CBP. There are several issues that are very critical for importers to note as enforcement comes into full effect. Recent protocol includes 3 warnings being sent before a

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24 Hour ILWU Stop-Work Meeting April 21,2015 (Tuesday)

There will be a 24 hour closure of LA/Long Beach Marine Terminals for ILWU Stop-Work Contract Information Meeting today, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. ILWU Local 63 Officers will be holding a review of the PCL&CA Tentative Agreement for Local 63

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Container Weight Limitations

United States has a regulatory requirements on all cargo overland movement within North America. It is governed by weight restriction laws by both federal and local government agencies. There are serious consequences should you exceed the legal limits, such as

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Notice to our Clients: Network Server Upgrade on February 28,2015

We would like to let our clients know that we will be having a  Network Server Upgrade tomorrow morning (February 28,2015). Our office will still be open and emails should operate as normal. Should you feel any delay on our

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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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