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The Miami office will be closed Thursday, October 6th with a possible re-opening on Friday, October 7th depending on the weather and road conditions. Brauner International New Jersey can be reached for shipment status or ISF filing if needed. Tel. 201-333-5400 or import (at) braunerintl (dot) com. Monday Oct. 10th is Columbus Day and a …

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On July 29th, Customs and Border Protection finally published their long-awaited guidance on how they would handle refunds of GSP entries. GSP, you will recall, was lapsed for two years because of lack of Congressional support. Supporters of GSP were concerned because when the program had lapsed previously, the re-authorization legislation always provided retroactive refunds. In …

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Beginning July 1, 2016, shippers will be required to certify to the ocean carrier the gross weight of the container. This is for both safety and yield management reasons. The safety component is the most important. First, when planning manifests, they must know that they are loading the proper weight of cargo into the different …

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Customs and Border Protection has a busy year in 2015; there are many new programs, new technology and additional initiatives they are rolling out to the trade. Here are three important Customs changes to keep in mind this year. CBP is transitioning to ACE from ACS. CBP continues to progress with the plan to develop …

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The regulations of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) require that domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. register with the FDA. The registration period is open from October 1st through December 31st of every even-numbered year. Registration is once again open. …

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This week, our industry’s national trade association, the NCBFAA, held their annual Government Affairs Conference. This is when Customs brokers and freight forwarders from around the United States travel to Washington to hear from both the lawmakers and the government agencies what the current climate is for legislation that impacts our industry. On Tuesday, we …

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As of today, there has been no agreement reached between the PMA and the ILWU in this year’s round of contract negotiations. The PMA are the employers who own terminals at all West Coast ports, the ILWU are the longshore labor who load and unload the ships. In the past, many of the disagreements have …

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When the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program expired on July 31, 2013, last year, members of the trade believed that the legislation would be renewed with retroactive benefits, weeks or months later, as it had in past years. Fast forward to today, and GSP has still not been renewed.  This is posing a problem …

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During his overseas trip in March, the President made several stops, including one in Brussels to consult with leaders of the European Union on creating a trading block. The Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, if enacted, would open both markets to each other products, but there are still some serious hurdles to overcome. Both …

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The FDA recently settled a lawsuit with the private Center for Food Safety because the agency consistently missed deadlines for the implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011. FSMA required the agency to create new safety standards within eighteen months.  The FDA missed that deadline.  So the CFS sued and …

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