China Tariff increase postponed

On Wednesday 9/11/2019 it was announced to the press that President Trump is postponing the increase in the China Tariffs from 25% to 30% by two weeks. The increase was slated to go into effect on Tuesday 10/1/2019, but is now scheduled for scheduled for Tuesday 10/15/2019. US and Chinese officials will meet to discuss trade early in October.  Read More

The latest on the China Tariffs

As many of you know, there have been a lot of moves lately in regard to the China Tariffs. A $300 Billion Trade Action went into effect with two lists. The first list, called Annex A, went into effect on Monday September 1st with products having a duty rate of an additional 15% over the regular duty. The second list, Annex C, will go into effect on December 15th at the same rate. We strongly suggest you check out both lists to see if any of your products are impacted. Also, on Tuesday, September... Read More

CHINA – 301 Tariff Increase – 25% Effective July 6 2018

By now all of you have heard of President Trump’s Federal Register Notification adding an additional 25% duty to certain goods (tariff listing is over 800 commodities) being imported into the USA which are made in China.  This additional duty rate will become effective for all goods imported into the USA on or after July 6th, 2018.  Keep in mind that this 25% duty increase appears to be “in addition” to the already imposed most favored nation duty status – so the 25% is... Read More

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

FDA Biennial Registration

IMPORTANT NOTICE!  The 2014 Biennial Registration FDA renewal period starts Oct 1st, 2014 and ends December 31, 2014.  As we discussed two (2) years ago it is imperative that all FDA importers re-register their existence with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration during the Biennial Registration period.  This entire process and requirement for FDA re-registration deals with the importers of edible food products that are subject to the requirement of an FDA “prior-notice” under the FDA’s... Read More

Automated Form I-94 CBP to Begin Rollout

CBP automated I-94 form rollout begins The Following is a direct quote from CBP News Posts: (Friday, April 26, 2013) Washington— U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced that the automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is now effective which will streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States. Form I-94 provides international visitors evidence they have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. which is necessary to verify alien registration, immigration... 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

Tips for the New or First Time Importer – Via CBP

This information is brought to you direct from CBP and their tips to travelers website.  This is very good information to live by (Posted by: Sanders Brokerage Services).  Following is a direct cut and paste from the web site of: In order to avoid potential problems in the clearance of your merchandise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that you familiarize yourself with CBP policies and procedures prior to... Read More

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 web site links listed below.  Having your shipment refused by the U.S.D.A. is costly, inconvenient and not fun. In a multi national effort the U.S.D.A. has... Read More


CBP has advised that their “informal” entry value will increase from $2000 to $2500.  The anticiapted effective date for this change is slated for January 7th, 2013.  The posting from the CBP website provides the following information: * * * * * * * * * Washington— The United States Government announced that it is delivering on a key commitment under the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan through the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register titled “Informal Entry... Read More