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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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Fabricated Structural Steel – ADD & CVD Canada, Mexico & China

Following is a posting published today by CBP via the U.S. Trade Representatives: On February 25, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on ?Certain Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, Mexico, and the People?s Republic of China (China)? (Initiation Notices). These investigations have been assigned the following case numbers: A-122-864 and C-122-865 (Canada); A-201-850 and C-201-851 (Mexico); and A-570-102 and C-570-103 (China). The Scope of Merchandise covered by these investigations reads as follows: The merchandise covered by these investigations is carbon and alloy fabricated structural steel. Fabricated structural steel is made from steel in which: (1) iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; and (2) the carbon content is two percent or less by weight. Fabricated structural steel products are steel products that have been fabricated for erection or assembly into structures, including, but not limited to, buildings (commercial, office, institutional, and multi-family residential); industrial and utility projects; parking decks; arenas and convention centers; medical facilities; and ports, transportation and infrastructure facilities. Fabricated structural steel is manufactured from carbon and alloy (including stainless) steel products such as angles, columns, beams, girders, plates, flange shapes (including manufactured structural... Read More

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China Concern!!!

Regulating through the Twitterverse, President Trump announced that there had been significant progress made during trade negotiations with China and as such has delayed or pushed back the date for implementation of the 25% additional Section 301 tariff’s, as previously reported on this website.  As such the March 2nd 2019 date for 25% duty on certain items from China has been delayed.  We will attempt to update our posting as time goes bay.    Read More

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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!  Read More

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Continuous Bond Insufficiency – Due to SECTION 232/301 TARIFFS

If you receive a formal notice from U.S. Customs (CBP) advising you of a situation that your existing bond is insufficient it is absolutely imperative that you contact our office immediately!  What must happen is that your existing Customs bond must be terminated and replaced with a new continuous bond for new greater amount.  Please remember that it takes 2 – 3 weeks for CBP to accept a bond “TERMINATION AND REPLACEMENT”.  So should you fail to provide timely remedy to the situation you may be left in a period of time where you cannot import.  The reason being that your old bond may have been set by CBP with a “bond deficiency” flag rendering it useless.  Basically, you would hold not continuous bond on file with Customs. This is one of the harsh realities that go hand in glove with the Section 232 and Section 301 tariff increases.  Section 232 and 301 duty increases will bring to the importing public the probable shock of finding that their current Annual Continuous Bond is not sufficient to cover 10% of the duty money’s paid in a calendar years period.  If you thought it was bad enough having to pay 10% or 25% duty on the goods you import into (or ship to) the United States, the next ripple effect will be that the bond underwriters (the people that underwrite your annual U.S. Customs Continuous bond) will see massive increases in duties being paid to Customs on your behalf underwritten on their bond documents.   Without a doubt... Read More

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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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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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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 […]