Change – In Reporting Consignee EIN / IRS tax numbers March 16 2019

There is a very important change coming to the information that a U.S. Customs broker must report when adding a new “consignee” EIN (employer identification number) commonly referred to as an I.R.S. tax number. Effective March 16th will demand that U.S. Customs Brokers now report 3 additional data fields when adding a record into CBP ACE operating system.  The new fields required will include: Company Email Address Company Phone Number Business Address Type (options follow) Residence Corporate... Read More

Formaldehyde Emission – Wood Products

Effective March 22nd 2019, the EPA in conjunction with Customs (CBP) will impose a new regulation that on the surface appears to be massive in scope.  The regulation involves importations of certain wood products manufactured with binders that may or previously made have include formaldehyde products.  Our world is changing, and this Multi-National Initiative was put in place to negate the use of formaldehyde in products that come into contact with humans on a daily basis.  This regulation came... 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

China Concern!!!

Regulating through the Twitterverse, President Trump announced that there had been significant progress made during trade negotiations with China and as such has delayed or pushed back the date for implementation of the 25% additional Section 301 tariff’s, as previously reported on this website.  As such the March 2nd 2019 date for 25% duty on certain items from China has been delayed.  We will attempt to update our posting as time goes bay.    Read More


If you are a Food Producer and have an FDA Registration – this will be your final notice to complete your Biennial FDA Registration.  The clock is ticking and your time runs out at 9:00 p.m. PST on December 31, 2018.  Don’t forget!  Read More

Continuous Bond Insufficiency – Due to SECTION 232/301 TARIFFS

If you receive a formal notice from U.S. Customs (CBP) advising you of a situation that your existing bond is insufficient it is absolutely imperative that you contact our office immediately!  What must happen is that your existing Customs bond must be terminated and replaced with a new continuous bond for new greater amount.  Please remember that it takes 2 – 3 weeks for CBP to accept a bond “TERMINATION AND REPLACEMENT”.  So should you fail to provide timely remedy to the situation... Read More

US Canada New Trade Agreement – at a glance

Commissioner Outlines U.S.–Canada Trade Relations, Priorities Release Date: October 3, 2018 CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan highlighted the Department of Homeland Security’s northern border strategy Monday to members of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance in Washington, D.C. The alliance is an association of businesses, private and public sector organizations, and individuals involved in cross-border trade, border crossing, transportation, and tourism. CBP Commissioner Kevin... Read More


The 2016 Biennial Registration Renewal Period begins Saturday, October 1, 2018 and ends on Saturday, December 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year. If you register your food facility before October 1, 2018, you must renew your registration before... Read More

Sept 24th Effective Date – Next China Tariff at 10% (Jan 1 2019 to be 25%)

USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs.  In accordance with the direction of President... Read More

301 Presidential Proclamation Expanded to include Annex C effective Aug 23, 2018

Today, the Trump Administration expanded Presidential Proclamation 301 by imposing 25% duties on all of the items listed in ANNEX “C”.  So effective for anything, imported on or after Aug 23, 2018 that is listed on the Annex C document, those goods will now require the secondary tariff number of 9903.80.02 making them dutiable at 25% of the appraised import value.  This 25% duty rate is in addition to any column 1 (general) duty rate already existing or published in the U.S. Harmonized... Read More