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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Release: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency.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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F.C.C – Changes in Customs entry reporting

Following is a Customs Message System notification which appears to remove the need for the trade and brokers to report FCC information in an import entry. Administrative Message Message Id 16-000583 Title Explanation of FCC Data Requirements for July, 2016 Subject ABI Transmission Date 2016-07-13 Message Effective July 1, 2016, FCC flags were removed to comply the with Federal Register Notice allowing trade to be exempt from filing FCC data until the regulations are updated to no longer require the submission of FCC data on electronic entry summaries. This requirement to file FCC data is based on the Import Date rather than the date of entry summary filing. If the import date is prior to July 1, 2016, the FCC data must still be provided on the entry summary. Imports after July 1, 2016 will not be required to supply FCC data. Separately, CBP will no longer accept OGA Message Set data when ACS begins rejecting all entries and entry summaries on July 23, 2016. On that date, additional system validations will be in place to reject any ACE transactions that include the OGA Message Set data. Additionally, modifications will be made to ACE to no longer require FCC data regardless of the Import date since the OGA Message Set will no longer be accepted.  Read More

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ACE – FDA Interface Mandatory

On June 15th, 2016 CBP’s, new computer system (ACE) and the “new” FDA interface went live!  We’ll be honest with you – many problems have emerged within the governments systems resulting in excessively slow responses, dropped importer FURLS records and a greater volume of data fields to be completed for a FDA importers entry – causing great time frames for entry data input.  FDA on a number of occasions have had to post messages to Customs message system advising the public of their processing delays.  Undaunted, the government moves forward to their mandatory  July 23, 2016 ACE-FDA date. FDA mandatory phase in period was from June 15th, 2016 to July 22nd, 2016, and all FDA entries will, by mandate have to be processed in the ACE on and after July 23, 2016. As part of the new FDA interface they have added a multitude of new commodity codes for varying types of FDA regulated products, such as Food, Cosmetics, Drugs, Medical Devices, Radiation devices, and Biologic products.  Then within those commodity codes FDA has added additional sub categories.  As an example for Food you can have Products, or Ceramic and Glassware, or Food Ingredients, etc. Our CBP interface system is fully compliant with all of Customs and FDA’s changes so, while we are ready and able to assist you we want you to know that, all in all – the new FDA interface will prove to be a challenge for brokers and the importing community alike.    Read More

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Lacey Act – Mandatory in ACE

CBP has fully implemented the Lacey Act for entry processing on June 15th, 2016.  In the months Importers and foreign exporters, now must provide proper Lacy Act importation documents for their Lacey Act regulated products.  Lacy Act documentation can be found on our RESOURCES tab, under TOOLS, and FORMS DIRECTORY.   Or copy this link and paste it into your browser URL address line: http://www.sandersbrokerage.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Lacey-Act-Declaration.pdf    Read More

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ACE and Sanders Brokerage Services

The question has been asked, will Sanders Brokerage Services be ready for the CBP ACE system (Automated Commercial Environment)?  Well the answer is a resounding “yes”.  We started submitting ACE Entry Summary transmissions to CBP for well over 6 months at this time, and just last week we made of first ACE “Cargo Release” submissions. We are moving close to the CBP February 28th 2016 deadline of being able to electronically function within the CBP ACE Environment and we want our clients and business partners to know that we are “there”.  We are as fully functional in ACE as in broker in the USA.  As anticipated, CBP has experienced some delays from a number of the U.S. Governments “participating government agencies (PGA) – formerly known as “OGA’s”) in their software interface layout.  And as such, a number of the PGA entities have not met their commitment to CBP and the Federal Government.  CBP has granted a reprieve to those other PGA units and now anticipate that the full implementation date of ACE to be June 30, 2016.   Those PGA’s units that are are not ready for the game yet include (in no particular order):  The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) the USDA as it relates to the Lacey Act, the USDA / FSIS as it relates to meat importations, and perhaps the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Anyway you slice it however, Sanders Brokerage Services is fully functioning in the new CBP ACE Environment,... 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

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 […]

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CBP

ACE – FDA Interface Mandatory

On June 15th, 2016 CBP’s, new computer system (ACE) and the “new” FDA interface went live!  We’ll be honest with you – many problems have emerged within the governments systems resulting in excessively slow responses, dropped importer FURLS records and a greater volume of data fields to be completed for a FDA importers entry – […]