Labor Day closure on Monday 9/6/2021

Please note that our office is closed on Monday, September 6th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will have a representative on call for emergencies; however, normal business should be sent to us on Friday 9/3 or Tuesday 9/7. Thank you.  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

APHIS – LACEY ACT PHASE VI – August 1st, 2021

The following article submission has been provided by the NCBFAA (The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders of America): APHIS Lacey Phase VI Implementation Will Begin Aug. 1   October 1st. NOTE/ UPDATE – Last week, the NCBFAA Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) reported that the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Lacey Phase VI would be delayed one month – to Aug. 1. At the last minute, however, APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea requested a delay until Oct.... 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

Section 301 China Exclusions – Cautionary Warning

As most will recall, the U.S.A., has been involved in a very large trade war with China under the Section 301 provisions of our regulations, amounting in additional Tariffs, from 7.5% up to and including 25% (additional duty’s).  A large number of “EXCLUSIONS” were issued throughout the years, some as resent as September of 2020 reduced these additional duties.  We caution all importers and ask that you be aware that many, and most likely all, of those exclusions (which granted... Read More

PREPARING FOR THE 2020 BIENNIAL REGISTRATION RENEWAL

The announcement below is for our FDA clients who have an FDA Registration Number.   Preparing for the 2020 Biennial Registration Renewal In preparation for the 2020 Biennial Registration Renewal period, we have a few tips: Ensure that your FURLS account is up to date with a valid password Please visit https://www.access.fda.gov/ to access your account. If you have forgotten your Account ID and/or password, please select ‘Forgot Account ID’ and/or ‘Forgot Password’ to obtain your... Read More