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

Canada Customs eManifest

Update:  Canada Customs (CBSA) effective Nov 1 2012 is beginning an informed compliance period that will remain in effect until May of 2013, when eManifest-enabling legislation and regulations are expected to be in place.  During this period CBSA has reported that carriers will not be denied entry into Canada or subjected penalties for reasons associated with eManifest non-compliance.  CBSA further advises that they will instead advise carriers of the eManifest requirement to transmit advanced... Read More

FDA Import Complaince

FDA Regulatory Compliance: If you haven’t noticed we would have to say that the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been advised to turn up the heat on import compliance.  This is strictly our opinion but locally we have seen FDA exam and sample more importations with the apparent end result being compliance to all FDA import regulations such as: the cosmetic labeling act; food labeling act; and other import regulations.  Importers are advised to ensure their their labels,... Read More

NAFTA Certificate of Origin – CBP 434 continued use past expiry date “okay”.

The CBP 434 (NAFTA Certificate of Origin Certificate) expired on March 31, 2012.  CBP has approved its extended use until a new form has been approved.  Following is the posting by CBP.  (Posted by Sanders Brokerage Services): Please be advised that CBP is aware that the most current CBP Form 434, “NAFTA Certificate of Origin,” available on the CBP website at, lists a March 31, 2012, expiration date. Notwithstanding the expiration date, the trade may... Read More