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... Read More

GSP – To Be Reinstated July 29 2015 (retroactive refunds applicable)

Note to Importers — GSP (The Generalized Systems of Preference) has been re-enacted back into law and will become effective on July 29th 2015.  Following is a synopsis taken from Customs (CBP) website:  On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill (H.R. 1295), that reauthorizes the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) (which expired on July 31, 2013) through Dec. 31, 2017.  Under the new law, duty reductions under the GSP program will begin 30 days after the law is enacted,... Read More

ISF – Importer Security Filing Enforcement Phase Begins

CSMS# 14-000520 – Los Angeles/Long Beach (LA/LB) Seaport ISF Enforcement 09/29/2014 08:36 PM EDT  Ocean Manifest On July 9, 2013, nearly 15 months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented an Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement Strategy to improve ISF compliance. The ISF policy requires that all ISF information on the shipment bound for the U.S. is submitted to CBP 24 hours prior to lading on the vessel at the foreign port. To date, CBP at the Los Angeles/Long Beach... Read More

CBP announces FDA biennial registration

CSMS# 14-000518 – FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal09/29/2014 01:50 PM EDT The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. Among many other changes, FSMA amended Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350D], which requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or... Read More

DHS – Criminal Misconduct Investigations

DHS Delegates Criminal Misconduct Investigative Authority to CBP  Release Date:  September 18, 2014 CBP Aligns With Law Enforcement Best Practices WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced today his decision to delegate to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the authority to investigate its employees for alleged criminal misconduct.  As a result, CBP is converting qualified internal affairs employees from general investigators to criminal investigators. ... Read More


CBP Discusses Preclearance Expansion:  Release Date:  September 22, 2014 WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan addressed the World Routes Strategy Summit in Chicago regarding Preclearance Expansion. “CBP’s preclearance operations are an important step in the U.S. government’s effort to prevent terrorism from coming to our borders.” said Acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan.  “Where we can identify foreign airports... Read More

ISF (Importer Security Filings) – CBP moves to penalty phase!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services has notified the public that starting today (July 9th, 2013) CBP will take the position to issue penalties to importers who fail to file, or fail to “timely” file their ISF (Importer Security Filing – AKA 10+2) submissions. ISF submissions are required on Ocean imports coming into the U.S.A.  Submissions must be filed electronically to CBP 24 hours prior to the cargo being tendered to the carrier in the exporting country of shipment... Read More

CBP Targets Illegally Imported Vehicles

Land Rover Defender vehicles: The following is a quote from CBP News posting web site. (Monday, April 15, 2013) Washington — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is on the lookout for illegal imports of Land Rover Defender vehicles that do not meet federal safety standards, including the standard that requires airbags. This year, CBP has identified dozens of illegal shipments at various ports of entry across the United States, including Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah,... Read More

The Sequestration

After speaking with one of our area assistance port directors late Friday we were advised that locally the SEQUESTRATION would probably not be felt for a month or so and would mostly result in local personnel being furloughed for a day each week for a total of 2 week.  What that means is that (if this political gridlock continues) there will no doubt be delays / slowdowns in all government agency activities at all ports of entry.  When we say all government agencies we mean that the same... Read More