Travelers Entering the United States (Land /Ferry ports) – Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Customs has provided the following information regarding land border and ferry passengers, requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the USA.  Effective date on this is January 22, 2022.  Please read on: WASHINGTON – Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and... Read More

Holiday Office Hours

Hello: Below is our office hours for the Holiday Season 2021. Please plan accordingly. We will have an on-call representative during the hours when our office is closed to take emergency calls. Friday 12/24/21: Closing at 12:00 p.m. Monday 12/28/21 – Thursday 12/30/21: Open (limited staff on Monday) Friday 12/31/21: Closing at 12:00 p.m. Monday 1/3/22: Open with limited staff Tuesday 1/4/22: Open regular hours   We here at Sanders Brokerage Services would like to with you and yours a... Read More

CBP CBSA Joint Emergency Update – Flood Situation Dec 8 2021

For your information we have attached the most recent CBP / CBSA emergency protocols due to the floods and road closures in British Columbia (BC) Canada.  Please download and read the attached. UPDATED JOINT CBP AND CBSA EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS IN RESPONSE TO FLOOD SITUATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA Communique updated 12082021 Steve Sanders / Sanders Brokerage Services  Read More

APHIS – LACEY ACT PHASE VI – October 1, 2021

The following article submission has been provided by the NCBFAA (The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders of America): On Oct. 1, customs brokers will see new tariff flags for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Lacey, requiring transmission of a Lacey Act declaration or a valid disclaim for products classified in these tariff categories. The product categories include new wooden pallets, containers or packaging that are NOT under load, some essential oils, additional... Read More

Goods Returning to the USA (update via Customs Message) 49132200

For years we have posted to our website publications of the changes taking place with “Goods Returning to the USA”.   At this time we want to inform everyone of the recent CBP message posting # 49132200.  Please read on.  This notification by Customs most likely will be very important to you, and essential in your understanding of CBP’s regulatory position on “returning goods” U.S. manufactured or foreign made, back to the United States of America.  Specifically... Read More

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION – 1USG

This article has been provided the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) for your information: CPSC Webinar Provides Insight on Managing the 1USG Messaging in ACE Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officials joined with customs brokers in a stimulating and informative webinar on CPSC’s 1USG Messaging at Import on June 18. CPSC panelists Deputy Director Sabrina Keller and International Trade Specialist John Blachere explained and clarified key elements... Read More

SECTION 301 – Additional China Duty Status

Arguments, Motions Scheduled for Section 301 Tariff Lawsuit Oral Argument Scheduled. On Thursday, June 17, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) will hold an oral argument on plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. The motion seeks to suspend the liquidation on entries involving the Section 301 duties challenged in the court cases. The government filed a memorandum opposing the motion and plaintiffs have asked to court to permit the filing of a reply to that opposition. The... Read More

FSVP – DUNS NUMBER (“UNK” TO TERMINATE JULY 2022)

UPDATE  (JUNE 14TH, 2021) No More ‘UNK’ for FDA Entries in July 2022 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told NCBFAA Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC) members that use of the term “UNK” (representing “unknown”) will not be allowed for food imports in place of a valid DUNS number for in the Unique Facility Identifier field for the FSVP importer, starting July 2022. The agency has already started targeted outreach by sending emails to customs brokers and importers... Read More

VOIDED IMPORTER OF RECORD TAX (EIN) NUMBER – WHAT TO DO

CBP, since 2019 has taken to VOIDING Importer or Record tax (EIN – Employer Identification Numbers) numbers that are infrequently used on import entries.  This means that if you are an infrequent importer (once every 2 years or more) you will probably at some point in time have CBP VOID your tax number in their computer system (ACE).  Their void does not remove your number from the Internal Revenue Service records, only from the records of CBP (Customs & Border Protection Services). Previously... Read More

FORECED LABOR – IMPORTER BEWARE

FORCED LABOR: We ask you to take immediate notice of a situation certainly not new, known as “FORCED LABOR”.  CBP – U.S. CONGRESS and other NON-GOVERNMENT stakeholders are pushing hard trying to stop the proliferation of the utilization of FORCED LABOR throughout the globe.  What has brought this to the forefront is the findings in the Xinjiang region of China where situations have found that FORCED LABOR is being used in the production and harvesting of Cotton.  The basic legal provision... Read More