Manifest Preparation – Information Notice (Buffalo)

CBP Buffalo has provided new instructions today on issues of “Electronic Information for Truck Cargo Discrepancies”.  In their Information Notice they identify 6 points of frequent errors by the carriers, and have asked the brokers to pass along their Information Notice.  As they state in their document . . . “This information notice is also a reminder that violations of the above requirements will result in penalty actions initiated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.” Please... Read More

Blaine FDA to Restrict Hours of Operation

The Blaine, WA station of the FDA will restrict its hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Merchandise to be examined must arrive by 3:00 p.m. The adjustment of operating hours is temporary, though no date has been provided for resumption of the regular hours. We will update this information as it becomes available from the FDA.  Read More

eManifest Enforcement at the Blaine Port of Entry

Hello: US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)- Blaine Port of Entry has announced that they will begin to enforce the correct piece count and time of filing requirements for eManifests. The quantity on the eManifest must be the smallest external packaging units (i.e. cartons, bundles, etc). They will no longer accept the number of pallets as a valid piece count. Also, 1 truckload will not count as well. If you have a shipment in bulk, then use  the weight in kilograms or pounds (we convert the weight... Read More

CBP CBSA Joint Emergency Update – Flood Situation Dec 8 2021

For your information we have attached the most recent CBP / CBSA emergency protocols due to the floods and road closures in British Columbia (BC) Canada.  Please download and read the attached. UPDATED JOINT CBP AND CBSA EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS IN RESPONSE TO FLOOD SITUATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA Communique updated 12082021 Steve Sanders / Sanders Brokerage Services  Read More

APHIS – LACEY ACT PHASE VI – October 1, 2021

The following article submission has been provided by the NCBFAA (The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders of America): On Oct. 1, customs brokers will see new tariff flags for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Lacey, requiring transmission of a Lacey Act declaration or a valid disclaim for products classified in these tariff categories. The product categories include new wooden pallets, containers or packaging that are NOT under load, some essential oils, additional... Read More

Goods Returning to the USA (update via Customs Message) 49132200

For years we have posted to our website publications of the changes taking place with “Goods Returning to the USA”.   At this time we want to inform everyone of the recent CBP message posting # 49132200.  Please read on.  This notification by Customs most likely will be very important to you, and essential in your understanding of CBP’s regulatory position on “returning goods” U.S. manufactured or foreign made, back to the United States of America.  Specifically... Read More


CBP, since 2019 has taken to VOIDING Importer or Record tax (EIN – Employer Identification Numbers) numbers that are infrequently used on import entries.  This means that if you are an infrequent importer (once every 2 years or more) you will probably at some point in time have CBP VOID your tax number in their computer system (ACE).  Their void does not remove your number from the Internal Revenue Service records, only from the records of CBP (Customs & Border Protection Services). Previously... Read More

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,... Read More


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... Read More


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 for assistance. Otherwise, have a wonderful... Read More