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

Fabricated Structural Steel – ADD & CVD Canada, Mexico & China

Following is a posting published today by CBP via the U.S. Trade Representatives: On February 25, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on ?Certain Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, Mexico, and the People?s Republic of China (China)? (Initiation Notices). These investigations have been assigned the following case numbers: A-122-864 and C-122-865 (Canada); A-201-850 and C-201-851 (Mexico); and A-570-102... 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

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

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

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 Partnership against Terrorism) participant for nearly 10 years, since June of 2003.  As part of our welcome packet to Sanders Brokerage Services... 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

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

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