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Thanksgiving – U.S. Holiday Nov 24th

Hi, this is just a friendly reminder that November 24th, 2016 our office will be closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday. On Thursday, November 24th, 2016, we will have a skeleton crew in and out of the office all day completing carrier arrival notifications, but we will not be answering the phone or taking after hour phones in honor and recognition of the U.S. Holiday.  We hope you understand and support us in allowing us to enjoy as best we can our U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will re-open again early in the morning on Friday November 25th, 2016 Please don’t be caught offguard – Thursday November 24th is a U.S. Holiday (Thanksgiving), if you plan on moving shipments across the border on Thursday November 24th we respectfully request that you send us your import documents on during the day on Wednesday the 23rd. Thanks so much for your support and understanding. Steve Sanders  Read More

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ACE E-Manifest Disconnect

At this time our office would like to post a few facts about an ongoing issue associated with the ACE E-Manifest transmissions and their frequent failure to link or connect to a brokers import entry.  If you haven’t noticed, you’re lucky as this has been an ongoing problem for four or five months now, and has become more prevalent following the full deployment of ‘core’ ACE at the end of August 2016. On October 11th, Steve Sanders was in Washington, DC meeting with the U.S. Northern Border Customs Brokers Association and U.S. Customs (CBP).  Jim Byrum with CBP commented directly on the apparent and continuing disconnect between the carriers ACE E-Manifest (be it the ACE Portal or other vendor applications that interface to ACE) and the U.S. Customs brokers entry. CBP, through Jim Byrum made it very clear that the chronic disconnect stems from the legacy ACE E-Manifest system which is the oldest functioning modules of ACE.  Jim reported that the ACE E-Manifest system is having all kinds of bugs, issues and problems and needs to be re-written.  Unfortunately the re-write will not happen until all of the “core” modules of ACE are on line and functioning.  No clear date was provided for the ACE E-Manifest re-write but it was very clear that any attempt at re-writting the ACE E-Manifest module will not occure until mid to late 2017. Note to the carriers.  If you are not seeing your “1C” release being returned to you and you want... Read More

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FDA Biennial Registration Notice

The 2016 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Saturday, October 1, 2016 and ends on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. If you register your food facility before October 1, 2016, you must renew your registration before December 31, 2016 and provide us with any updated information, if applicable. If you updated your food facility registration before October 1, 2016, you must renew your registration before December 31, 2016 and provide us with any updated information, if applicable. As a reminder, if you are the new owner of a registered food facility, the previous owner is required to cancel the food facility’s registration within 60 calendar days of the change of ownership and you must re-register the facility reflecting the new ownership (see 21 CFR 1.234 and 1.235). The owner, operator, or agent in charge of the facility, or a person authorized by one of them, can submit a facility's registration renewal electronically at http://www.access.fda.gov/. Alternatively, you may submit your registration renewal via mail or fax using FDA Form 3537. Form FDA 3537 is available for download at http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/foodfacilityregistration/ucm073728.htm. You can request the paper... Read More

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NOAA & ITDS (NMFS) – Tuna Imports

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a posting and deadline for companies importing fish products regulated by the NMFS to register.  Here is a link to the notice to importers, for your information.  You will have to copy and paste this into the URL address line of your web browser to view and download the document. http://www.sandersbrokerage.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NOAA-Tuna-imports.pdf    Read More

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COTTON FEE – Rate Lowered and De Minimis rule eliminated

The Agricultural Marketing Services have modified their rule for the collection of Cotton Fees.  One of the impacts is the elimination of the “de minimis” rule.  CBP has corrected their (ACE entry) operating system to properly report and collect the formerly small (de minimis) dollar amounts of Cotton Fees.  Following is a posting by the Agriculture Marketing Services.  Summary: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations to remove the cotton import de minimis provision. The Cotton Research and Promotion (R&P) Program assesses U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton-containing products. Importers are exempt from paying the cotton import assessment (known commonly among importers as the “cotton fee”) if a line item on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) documentation is $2.00 or less. The exemption was initially established to lessen the administrative burden of collecting an import assessment, which was originally estimated to be $2.00 per line item, in instances in which the transactions costs of the collection would exceed the actual value of the assessment; however, technological advances in the CBP documentation process significantly reduced the transactions costs associated with collecting import assessments, and CBP has since stopped charging USDA for the processing and collecting of assessments. Given that transactions costs no longer exceed assessment rates of $2.00 or less,... Read More

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DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS – Revised Draft Premarket Guidance

Release: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the manufacturer or distributor must notify the FDA at least 75 days before beginning to market a dietary supplement that contains a new dietary ingredient (one that was not marketed in the United States before Oct. 15, 1994), unless the NDI is used in the food supply without chemical alteration. Dietary supplements are considered adulterated if they contain an NDI not used in the food supply and the required notification has not been submitted to the FDA 75 days before marketing. The FDA estimates that there are more than 55,600 dietary supplements on the market, and that 5,560 new dietary supplement products come on the market each year. However, the agency has received fewer than 1,000 NDI notifications since DSHEA was passed in 1994. An initial draft guidance, “Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues,” was released in 2011. After considering the feedback received on that draft, the FDA revised the draft guidance to clarify several important points that were misunderstood or not fully explained, to describe the public health significance of the recommendations, and to request... Read More

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Security

Welcome – Security

Security at Sanders Brokerage: Welcome, and we hope you enjoy the staff and services of Sanders Brokerage Services.  Hopefully by now you know a bit about the background and heritage of Sanders Brokerage Services.  We take security personally and hold our government’s security programs with high regard.  We have been a proud C-TPAT (Customs Trade […]

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USDA

Wood Packing Material

THE U.S.D.A., SAY, Make sure your wood packing material has been properly heat or methyl bromide treated!   U.S.D.A. is refusing shipments that contain pallets and wood packing material that is not properly marked are treated with ISPM 15 or IPPC logos.  Make sure your shipment is admissible and become familiar with the information on the […]

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FDA Biennial Registration Notice

The 2016 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Saturday, October 1, 2016 and ends on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 […]

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CBP

ACE E-Manifest Disconnect

At this time our office would like to post a few facts about an ongoing issue associated with the ACE E-Manifest transmissions and their frequent failure to link or connect to a brokers import entry.  If you haven’t noticed, you’re lucky as this has been an ongoing problem for four or five months now, and […]