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CBP to increase Merchandise Processing Fee / Jan 1 2018

Customs Fees to Adjust on January 1, 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in a recent Federal Register notice that the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) will be adjusted and increased to account for inflation effective January 1, 2018. The new minimum MPF will be $25.67 and the new maximum MPF will be $497.99. The rate for calculating MPF (0.3464) remains unchanged. The MPF for informal entries will increase to $2.05. To review the notice and other scheduled fee increases, please see the Federal Register notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/01/2017-23876/cobra-fees-to-be-adjusted-for-inflation-in-fiscal-year-2018-cbp-dec-17-17 This information is being brought to you by legal counsel for the Northern Border Customs Brokers Association: Gunfeld | Desiderio | Lebowitz | Silverman & Klastadt LLP  Read More

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U.S. Thanksgiving – Thursday Nov 23rd 2017

Thursday November 23rd, 2017 will be the U.S. Holiday “Thanksgiving Day” and our office will be mostly closed.  It would be greatly appreciated if clients and carriers could provide us import entry documents before end of business Wednesday November 22nd.  Office personnel will come in to the Office from time to time on Thursday November 23rd to prepare carrier import entries, but aside from that there will be no or limited services available. Our office will return to normal operations on Friday November 24th, 2017. Thank you for your understanding.  Read More

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SOFTWOOD LUMBER – ADD – CVD Fact Sheet

November 2nd 2017 the Commerce Department announced its affirmative final determinations in the ADD (Antidumping duty) and CVD (Countervailing duty) investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada.  In the publications it indicates that the next steps will most likely occur on December 18th, 2017 when International Trade Commission (ITC) will make it’s final determination.  In general the “all other” Antidumping duty rate is 6.58% of the value, and the “all other” rate for Countervailing duty will be 14.25%.  When the ITC makes its final determination on or about December 18th 2017 they could: 1) increase the amounts; or 2) decrease the amounts; or 3) terminate one or both of the cases (which is probably unlikely). We have included a link to both of the resent publications issued by the Commerce Department.  One for the Antidumping duty and another for the Countervailing duty.    Read More

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FDA – FSVC Food Safety Verification Program

Starting May 27 2017 the FDA Will being implementing the FDA’s Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  The central point in this risk based program requires that the ultimate purchaser in the USA to whom the FDA have identified as the importer or the person in the USA purchasing or buying the goods supply to the broker, 1) The DUNS# and 2) The FDA Registration Number.  To repeat the these numbers must be from the U.S. buyer / importer of the goods. A Canadian foreign Importer of Record is NOT to be considered for the FSVC as the U.S. importer / purchaser / buyer or recipient of the food products.  The DUNS# and additional FDA Registration Number must be that of the actual buyer in the USA. Please contact our office for further information on this subject.  Read More

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Pacific Highway Construction – Complete

CBP has completed the reconstruction of the truck crossing at the port of Blaine, Washington.  Three (3) lanes are currently open and all appears to be flowing well.  Our hats go off to our friends at U.S. Customs during the reconstruction phase, they did a wonderful job notifying the public of the process and doing what they could to mitigate delays. If you want to monitor port of entry delay times you can still make reference to CBP’s Border Wait Times page.    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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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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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 – FSVC Food Safety Verification Program

Starting May 27 2017 the FDA Will being implementing the FDA’s Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  The central point in this risk based program requires that the ultimate purchaser in the USA to whom the FDA have identified as the importer or the person in the USA purchasing or buying the goods supply to the […]

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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 […]