Federal Holidays for 2024

Below is a list of the Federal Holidays for 2024. These are the days that all federal offices are closed. These include FDA, FSIS, as well as CBP Administration offices. Please plan your shipment accordingly if yours are subject to any affected agencies.   2024 Federal Holidays Monday, January 1 New Year’s Day Monday, January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Monday, February 19 Washington’s Birtday Monday, May 27 Memorial Day Wednesday, June 19 Juneteenth National... Read More

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

U.S. Thanksgiving Day Holiday Nov 23rd

As a reminder, Thursday 11/23/2023 is the U.S. Thanksgiving Day Holiday. To celebrate this day, Sanders Brokerage Services will close its office and allow the employees to be with their families. We will re-open for business on Friday 11/24/2023 at our regular time. Please plan new business accordingly. Please contact us at 360-332-1778, or by e-mail at orders@sandersbrokerage.us, with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration and stay safe!  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

Closed Memorial Day

Hello: Please note  that our office will be closed on Monday 5/29/2023 for the US Memorial Day holiday. We will have a skeleton staff to take care of entries, but will not be able to conduct any new business on that day. We will reopen at our regular time on Tuesday 5/30/2023. Also, please be aware that federal offices are closed that day as well, including FDA and FSIS inspections.  Read More

Micromobility warnings – e-scotters – scooters – e-bicycles – e-unicycles

We supply this post and PDF document in support of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and their efforts to warn the public, manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailes of the need for “Micromobility Devices” to conform to UL (Underwriters Laboratory) standards.  Our governement is warning us, that lacking UL conformity users run the risk of injuries and deaths from micromobility device fires.  Additionally, it is required that manufacturers, importers, distributors, and... Read More


FINAL VERSION – Foreign Supplier Verification Programs – FDA-FSVP-Guidance-January2023-12162022-1300 The Food & Drug Administration has today (Jan 10, 2023) issued their FINAL rule on the Foreign Upplier Verification Program.  Attached is a copy of the guidance in PDF format.  Supplied for your review and use. Happy New Year – The Crew at Sanders Brokerage Services (Blaine).  Read More

Change in Blaine FDA hours

The Blaine station of the FDA announced a change in their operating hours beginning September 7, 2022. The new hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding Holidays. The changes will remain in effect until we are notified otherwise.  Read More

Pacific Highway – Access Restored

Local CBP Port Authorities report that access to the Port of Blaine, Washington has been restored and that CBP has returned to full trade operational status.  Read More