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Independence Day – July 4th 2019 U.S. Holiday Office Closure

As a reminder we are posting this notice that July 4th 2019 is a U.S. Holiday in the U.S.A. and our office will be closed.  Now, having said that there will be personnel in the office throughout the day preparing necessary and urgent import entries.  However, we will not be answering the office phone system. Thank you for your understanding, and just as a prompting, the sooner you can get us entry documents for July 4th the better.  Thanks to all our neighbor’s to the north, congratulations on the Toronto Raptures winning the NBA Title and we hope that you all have a wonderful “Canada Day” on July 1, 2019. Regards / Steve Sanders and the Staff at Sanders Brokerage Services  Read More

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New China Tariff’s on $300M worth of goods

THE FOLLOWING IS A POSTING / PUBLICATION FROM THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE TODAY (MAY 16 2019) WHILE THERE IS NO CLEAR PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE – PLEASE BE PREPARED.  THIS WILL NO DOUBT CHANGE THE WAY WE APPROACH HANDLING IMPORTS FOR OUR CLIENTS TRADING IN GOODS MADE IN CHINA. At the bottom of this page is the complete document with the full list of impacted tariff numbers. please read the following from the U.S. Trade Representatives Office: OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR-2019-0004] Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing. SUMMARY: In accordance with the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) proposes a modification of the action being taken in this Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The proposed modification is to take further action in the form of an additional ad valorem duty of up to 25 percent on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The products subject to this proposed modification are classified in the HTSUS subheadings set out in the Annex to... Read More

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CHINA TARIFF – Customs Message 19-000238 date May 10, 2019

Message Id 19-000238 Title UPDATE- Section 301 (Tranche 3) Duties as of May 10, 2019 Subject ABI Transmission Date 2019-05-10 Message Related: 19-000236, 19-000095, 18-000757 BACKGROUND: On August 18, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China?s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. On June 20, 2018, the USTR published a Notice of Action and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301(83 Federal Register (FR) 28710), imposing additional import duties on a list of Chinese products. On August 16, 2018, the USTR published a Notice of Action (83 FR 40823) providing for the imposition of additional import duties on a second list of Chinese Products. On September 21, 2018, the USTR published a Notice of Modification of Action in the Section 301(83 FR 47974) investigation providing for the imposition of additional import duties on over 5,700 full and partial eight-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) on goods imported from the People?s Republic of China (China). The September 21, 2018 list of products can be found in Annex A to the USTR?s September 21, 2018 Notice, and was amended on September 28, 2018 (83 FR 49153). The rate of additional duties was initially 10 percent and the duties... Read More

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President Trump threatens more China Tariff’s on Friday

It was reported in the Washington Post today, from comments President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he intends on increasing tariff’s on goods made in China – come this Friday.  Comments indicated that the Chinese made goods that previously took on 10% Section 301 duties would be increased to 25%, and that if things don’t go well in the trade meetings taking place this week that the U.S. would levy a new 25% fee on “ALL” remaining Chinese Imports, “shortly”.   Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is to arrive in Washington, DC this Wednesday for potentially the concluding rounds of bargaining.        Read More

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Formaldehyde Emission – Wood Products

Effective March 22nd 2019, the EPA in conjunction with Customs (CBP) will impose a new regulation that on the surface appears to be massive in scope.  The regulation involves importations of certain wood products manufactured with binders (resins) that may be or previously may have been made with formaldehyde products.  Our world is changing, and this Multi-National Initiative was put in place to negate the use of formaldehyde in products that come into contact with humans on a daily basis.  This regulation came into existence during the Obama Administration and is now finally coming to its date of implementation (March 22, 2019). We ask that you be aware of this new regulation.  We have posted a couple of media documents within this posting to help you overcome the regulatory requirements.  In short it appears that certain people and companies, exporters, and importers must soon deal only with products that are certified free of formaldehyde emitting wood components.  There are many mandates for record-keeping of files, documentation, and certificates supplied to you from your vendor or supplier.  Additionally, we recommend that you supply our office with a copy of an certificates that you receive – so that we can maintain your certifications with your client customer records.  Of course, there is additionally  the requirement that with each importation the importer / exporter must provide the broker with a a properly completed Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)... Read More

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Change – In Reporting Consignee EIN / IRS tax numbers March 16 2019

There is a very important change coming to the information that a U.S. Customs broker must report when adding a new “consignee” EIN (employer identification number) commonly referred to as an I.R.S. tax number. Effective March 16th will demand that U.S. Customs Brokers now report 3 additional data fields when adding a record into CBP ACE operating system.  The new fields required will include: Company Email Address Company Phone Number Business Address Type (options follow) Residence Corporate Office Warehouse Retail Location Office Building Business Service Center Post Office Box Other (than the aforementioned)  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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Final Notice – FDA BIENNIAL REGISTRATION! ENDS DEC 31, 2018

If you are a Food Producer and have an FDA Registration – this will be your final notice to complete your Biennial FDA Registration.  The clock is ticking and your time runs out at 9:00 p.m. PST on December 31, 2018.  Don’t forget!

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CBP

New China Tariff’s on $300M worth of goods

THE FOLLOWING IS A POSTING / PUBLICATION FROM THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE TODAY (MAY 16 2019) WHILE THERE IS NO CLEAR PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE – PLEASE BE PREPARED.  THIS WILL NO DOUBT CHANGE THE WAY WE APPROACH HANDLING IMPORTS FOR OUR CLIENTS TRADING IN GOODS MADE IN CHINA. At the bottom of this page […]