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  • Join us; we have a great lineup!  February 1st, 2018 @ 9am   Please join Women in International Trade, Orange County (WITOC) for it’s annual State of International Trade & Customs Outlook for importers, exporters and other trade stakeholders.  REGISTER HERE. Hear from high-level government officials, representing USCBP, USCPSC, DHS/HSI, USDA, and FDA, giving us a [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Important information from our friends at NCBFAA… Reminder: January 6, 2018 Statements Deployment As a reminder, CBP will be delivering ACE Deployment G, Release 3B on January 6. At this point, ACE will become the system of record for all statements with the exception of Reconciliation statements. CBP will deliver Statements for Reconciliations as part of [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • The December issue of the American Shipper Magazine is out, and we are excited to note that it includes an article mentioning CustomsNow, and our import software solutions. The article, “Shifting Into Gear”, written by American Shipper’s Chris Grillis, talks about CBP’s new requirement that in-bond entries be filed electronically as of November 2017.  This was [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Customs Brokers:  Your annual user fee is due by January 26, 2018! CBP’s annual user fee is required by CBP for any broker, whether you are a partnership, individual, association or corporation. The fee is due is due at each Customs Broker District where a local permit has been received to conduct CBP business.  Failure to pay [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  •   CBP held their East Coast Trade Symposium last week in Atlanta, GA, and CustomsNow’s VP of Client Services, Nic Adams, was there.  It was widely anticipated that CBP would make an announcement on how they intend to implement better processes for De Minimis shipments, also known as Section 321 entries, going forward.   Unfortunately, [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • CPB Monitors High-Risk Areas that Threaten US Economy, Safety and Health Concerns CBP’s efforts in the textile area focus on promoting legitimate trade, while also encouraging a strong domestic manufacturing base.  As one of the largest manufacturing employers in the United States, the textile sector is a key component of the U.S. economy.  The goal [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Tariffs Raised By 200 Percent On Some Imports After failing to get tariffs in place for Chinese plywood twice before, the newest ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) is that the domestic industry is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of these dumped and subsidized imports. Read the full article here by [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • In their Inaugural Newsletter KMPG summarized The U.S. Court of International Trade’s (CIT) recent  decision in Meyer v. United States, ruling that importing retail “sets”, comprised of both GSP-eligible and non-eligible products classified under a single tariff provision, does not disqualify the GSP-eligible products in the set from the lower GSP duty preference (nor would [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • What is actually shut down during a government shut down? Congress is debating a government shut down on Dec 8, but there is talk of it being pushed back to December 22. While anything linked to national security will not be included in the shut down (such as military, law enforcement, postal services and executive branch [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  •     As a follow up to our earlier blog…..Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced earlier today the submission period for the 2018 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee for all licensed customs brokers will open December 15, 2017. CBP is hosting a webinar on December 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST to help clarify the paperless submission process. All members are [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • e214 & MID moving to ACE; Statements delayed. As announced today on the ACE Outreach call, and followed by CBP’s December 4th CSMS message on the subject, CBP is pushing out the statement deployment date to Jan 6th. However, still to be deployed on Dec. 9th is e214 and MID creation.  Read more here regarding the specific changes to statements that all [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  •       CBP’s mission statement is “To safeguard America’s borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel”. Did you know that you can check out CBP’s website for a detailed snapshot of what  CBP does on a typical day to uphold [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  •   The days of Captain Jack Sparrow hijackings are over, but there are new threats at sea. The Maritime Executive reports, in a October 30th, 2017 article, “Cyberattack: What’s at Stake?”, that vessels and ships have become victims of cyber attacks like malware, phishing, and theft of credentials, among others.  These attacks led to financial [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • According to a November 28th, 2017 Business Wire news article, Shopify merchants report 1 Billion in sales in 2017. “This $1 billion milestone emphatically stakes a flag in the ground for entrepreneurs and small business owners all around the world”, said Tobi Lutke, Founder and CEO, Shopify.  ”Their global impact was felt through each and every sale to a [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • All in-bonds must be filed electronically. As a follow up to our eariler blog, November 27th, 2017 is the implementation date for  CBP’s updated in-bond regulations.   CBP’s mandated electronic filing of all In-bonds for ocean, rail and truck merchandise as well as six-digit HTS. CBP has issued CSMS #17-000736 to further clarify CBP’s enforcement strategy for these [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • NCBFAA Clarifies Forwarder Compensation Guidelines An interesting trend as discussed by our friends at NCBFAA in a recent Monday Morning eBriefing… A number of it’s members have reported the growing trend by several steamship lines to stop paying forwarder compensation to ocean forwarders.  Some carriers have explained their rationale for doing so is that the use of IT [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • In an evening meeting on November 16, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a smack-down to gasoline powered cars and trucks by announcing the prototype of their self-driving truck. This innovative design by the company that pioneered electric cars promises more efficiency, less cost to operate and no exhaust. Read more about the future of self-driving cars [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Customs Brokers… don’t forget!   The submission period for the 2018 CBP Triennial Status Report and fee for all licensed Customs brokers opens Dec. 15, 2017, and runs through Feb. 28, 2018. The deadline for submitting the 2018 triennial status report and fee is Feb. 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Over 14,000 active U.S. Customs [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • The ability to query a consignee in ACS was shut off with the  September 15, 2017 ACE deployment, and CBP is not planning to create this same ability in the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  Read on: In CBP’s legacy system, ACS, there was a way to query a consignee “as a means for filers to [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • A follow up to our earlier blog regarding the downtime experienced on ACE on November 14,  CBP has released the following formal statement.  In it, they discuss the outage, their evaluation of the current downtime procedures, and what steps they are taking to further enhance their procedures.  CBP is also working closely with Commercial Operations Advisory Council (COAC) [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • The ACE outage on November 14th causes concern over current CBP downtime procedures. For a time system errors were preventing users from logging into the ACE Portal screens as well as issues with Trade electronic EDI message processing. See the original reports CMS#17-000709  , CMS#17-000710, CMS#17-000711 At 22:05 on November 14 it was reported that systems were up and [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • On Wednesday, November 8th, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register announcing the transition of Daily and Preliminary Monthly Statements to ACE. “As of December 9th, 2017, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for generating, transmitting and updating daily and monthly statements, and ACE will no longer be a CBP authorized EDI system for such purpose”. The one [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • As an update to our Blog article of October 24th, on last Thursday’s ACE Technical Call it was announced that CBP has been receiving many questions regarding the new automated in-bond requirements which are scheduled to go into effect on November. CBP confirmed on the call that currently they are not planning on requiring any [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • On November 1 st, 2017, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register titled ‘COBRA Fees To Be Adjusted for Inflation in the fiscal year 2018 CBP Dec. 17–17’.  This announces a change to current import entry fees, which importers need to be aware of. By way of background, CBP explains that “On December [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Walmart Corporations intention to recapture 300B in imported goods. A good strategy? Walmart has announced 10 policy plans to boost US manufacturing jobs and recapture as much as $300 billion in imported goods and create 1.5 million jobs in the country. The strategy has many moving pieces, including building vocational schools, creating flexible compliance guidelines [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Don’t Miss the November 15 event from 5-8 PM at the Grand Conference Center in Long Beach, CA. Explorations in career strategies for both Women and Men, touching on education, mentorship, workplace bias, and how to sustain an upward personal achievement trajectory. Speakers to include: Mai Farrag, Dir. Global Supply Chain, Guthy Renker Sandy Herrera, [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • The International Trade Today’s ACE Weekly New Brief has been published, and here’s what we are paying attention to: COAC Meeting date and agenda has been announced in Washington DC on November 14. Attend in person by registering here. If you can’t make the trek to our nation’s capital, take advantage of their webinar, but be [...]

Customs Now, Inc.
Customs Now, Inc.
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  • Customs and Border Patrol Changes Timing     The Post Summary Correction has been modified. Out with the old requirements of 270 days from the date of entry and 20 days prior to scheduled liquidation date, and in with the new:300 days from the date of entry and 15 days from the scheduled date of liquidation [...]

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