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VQIP Application Portal Now Open for FY 2023

On January 1, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will open the https://www.fda.gov/food/importing-food-products-united-states/voluntary-qualified-importer-program-vqip?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery (VQIP) application portal for fiscal year (FY) 2023. VQIP is a voluntary fee-based program that provides importers, who achieve and maintain control over the safety and security

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*Temporary Adjustment of the TMF at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif., November 10, 2021—The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) today announced that the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be temporarily adjusted from December 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022,

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CSMS #49761156 – Reminder: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers (FSVP) Data Requirements

This CSMS is a reminder of the entry data requirements for importers subject to FDA’s https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-21/chapter-I/subchapter-A/part-1#sp21.1.1.l For purposes of the FSVP regulation, importer means: The U.S. owner or consignee of an article of food offered for import into the United States. 

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USTR Requests Comments on Reinstatement of Targeted Potential Exclusions of Products of China Subject to Section 301 Tariffs

October 05, 2021 WASHINGTON – Following Ambassador Katherine Tai’s announcement on October 4, 2021 that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will start a targeted tariff exclusion process, today USTR is posting a Federal Register notice inviting

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Customs User Fee Update 10/01/2021

Customs User Fee Update 10/01/2021 Pursuant to the General Notice (86 FR 40864) published July 29, 2021, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) will take effect on October 1, 2021. The

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APHIS Adds New Harmonized Tariff Codes to Lacey Act Enforcement Schedule

Washington, D.C., September 23, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the implementation of Phase VI of the Lacey Act enforcement schedule. Effective October 1,

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USDA Begins Accepting Applications for the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program; Will Accept Applications for the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program in October

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the publication of a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRD) Block Grant Program  https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/sprs on Sept. 23. The SPRS grant program will provide approximately

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Ports in California have never been this busy, and it’s adding to shortages of everything from furniture to electronics

Los Angeles / Long Beach Port Conditions Please find below link to a current article from Freightwaves detailing the overall conditions and vessel delays in the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach. The current volume increase and vessel delays

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USTR Announces Joint U.S.-E.U. Cooperative Framework for Large Civil Aircraft

USTR Announces Joint U.S.-E.U. Cooperative Framework for Large Civil Aircraft 06/15/2021 WASHINGTON – The United States and the European Union today announced a cooperative framework to address the large civil aircraft disputes. The agreement moves away from past confrontation in

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CSMS #47738574 – FDA DUNS Lookup Portal No Longer Available as of Monday, May 24, 2021

On May 24, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) partnership with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) that established a dedicated portal where industry partners could request a DUNS number will end and the portal will no longer be available. D&B,

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