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FORECED LABOR – IMPORTER BEWARE

FORCED LABOR: We ask you to take immediate notice of a situation certainly not new, known as “FORCED LABOR”.  CBP – U.S. CONGRESS and other NON-GOVERNMENT stakeholders are pushing hard trying to stop the proliferation of the utilization of FORCED LABOR throughout the globe.  What has brought this to the forefront is the findings in the Xinjiang region of China where situations have found that FORCED LABOR is being used in the production and harvesting of Cotton.  The basic legal provision that outlaws FORCED LABOR is 19USC 1307, where it states that “All goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in any foreign country by convict labor and/or forced labor and/or indentured labor under penal sanctions shall not be entitled to entry at any ports of the USA and importations thereof is hereby prohibited…”  The remainder of this notice is short but part of what we want to pass along or advise you of is, that importations of Stevia have been detained and seized by the U.S. Government, with penalty notices issued to the U.S. Importer.  Further it has been reported at the port of Blaine, Washington that containers of clothing were refused entry by CBP  because it was believed by CBP Officers that the clothing articles were made in whole or in part of Cotton manufactured with forced labor.  No proof of any such claim by CBP was necessary in making the CBP their assertion and in the end CBP invoked refusal of the shipments. ... Read More

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Section 301 China Exclusions – Cautionary Warning

As most will recall, the U.S.A., has been involved in a very large trade war with China under the Section 301 provisions of our regulations, amounting in additional Tariffs, from 7.5% up to and including 25% (additional duty’s).  A large number of “EXCLUSIONS” were issued throughout the years, some as resent as September of 2020 reduced these additional duties.  We caution all importers and ask that you be aware that many, and most likely all, of those exclusions (which granted lower or no additional duties) are set to expire on December 31, 2020.  Should these exclusions expire on December 31, 2020 it is our conjecture that the Section 301 duties could revert back to 25%.  Again, this is only our opinion, but returning to 25% additional duties is exactly what happened in August of 2020 when certain other exclusions expired.  The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) in September reinstated those exclusions through December 31, 2020 making them retroactive to August 7th, 2020, however, importers (through their broker) had to request Post Summary Corrections (PSC) or protest entries refund duty money’s paid in excess.   It will be very hard to predict what the United States Trade Representatives will be instructed to do in the remaining months of the current Presidents Administrative authority.  Additionally, there is no way to know, read or guestimate as to what the President Elects’ opinion will be on the Section 301 China tariffs... Read More

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PREPARING FOR THE 2020 BIENNIAL REGISTRATION RENEWAL

The announcement below is for our FDA clients who have an FDA Registration Number.   Preparing for the 2020 Biennial Registration Renewal In preparation for the 2020 Biennial Registration Renewal period, we have a few tips: Ensure that your FURLS account is up to date with a valid password Please visit https://www.access.fda.gov/ to access your account. If you have forgotten your Account ID and/or password, please select ‘Forgot Account ID’ and/or ‘Forgot Password’ to obtain your login information. If you have not accessed your account in over 90 days, you will be required to create a new password. Please visit https://www.fda.gov/food/online-registration-food-facilities/fda-industry-systems-account-management-guide for more information on managing your account or resetting your password. If you require further assistance, please call our FURLS Helpdesk at 1-800-216-7331 or 240-247-8804 or email FURLS@fda.gov. Due to the high call and email volume received during the renewal period, we encourage you to contact us in advance of the renewal period for account management assistance.   Obtain or verify your facility unique facility identifier (UFI) In accordance with 21 CFR 1.232(a)(2), beginning October 1, 2020, the facility’s UFI recognized as acceptable by FDA will be required to be submitted with the registration information. At this time, FDA recognizes the Data Universal Numbering System D-U-N-S (DUNS) number as an acceptable UFI. DUNS numbers are assigned... Read More

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USMCA – U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Taking effect on July 1, 2020 is the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada) Agreement.  There are some subtle changes and some not so subtle.  Some of the biggest changes are the fact that there is no specific form mandated.  But instead of reinventing the wheel through our own written interpretations, we will paste the following exert from U.S. Customs (CBP) in their “Interim Implementing Instructions”. Certification or Other Document Requirements: An importer may submit an importer, exporter or producer certification. The importer is responsible for exercising reasonable care concerning the accuracy of all documentation submitted to CBP. The importer may make a claim for preferential tariff treatment based on a certification of origin completed by the importer, the exporter or the producer, for the purpose of certifying that a good qualifies as an originating good. If an exporter that is not the producer of the good certifies the origin of the good, the certification may be completed by the exporter on the basis of either: (1) having information, including documents, that demonstrate that a good is originating; or (2) reasonable reliance on the producer’s written representation that the good is originating. If a producer or an importer certifies the origin of the good, the producer or importer must have information, including documents that demonstrate that the good is originating. The certification need not be in a prescribed format; it may be provided on an invoice... Read More

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US CBP ANNOUNCES TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR LAND PORTS OF ENTRY AND FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN THE US AND CANADA

On Friday 3/20/2020 the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the decision to restrict travel between the US and Canada at land ports of entry and ferry services to “essential travel” only. The restrictions went into effect at 11:59 p.m. EDT on 3/20 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on 4/20/2020. Please click on the link below for the complete text of the announcement. FR Document 2020-06217: Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada  Read More

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NEW PRODUCT EXCLUSIONS FOR THE CHINA TARIFFS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON 3/17/2020

Hello everyone! On Tuesday, 3/17/2020, the Federal Register published a new set of product exclusions for the 301-China Tariffs. The link is below. It will be to your benefit to look through these documents to see if any of your products of Chinese origin that you import are described in any of the lists. If you believe you found some, and would like help in determining this, then please contact us here at 360-332-1778 or by email to orders@sandersbrokerage.us for assistance. Otherwise, have a wonderful rest of your week! FR Document 2020-05451: Exclusions for the $300 Billion Trade Action  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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PREPARING FOR THE 2020 BIENNIAL REGISTRATION RENEWAL

The announcement below is for our FDA clients who have an FDA Registration Number.   Preparing for the 2020 Biennial Registration Renewal In preparation for the 2020 Biennial Registration Renewal period, we have a few tips: Ensure that your FURLS account is up to date with a valid password Please visit https://www.access.fda.gov/ to access your […]

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USMCA – U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Taking effect on July 1, 2020 is the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada) Agreement.  There are some subtle changes and some not so subtle.  Some of the biggest changes are the fact that there is no specific form mandated.  But instead of reinventing the wheel through our own written interpretations, we will paste the following exert from […]