Recent News & Articles

Published on August 2, 2019, in the Federal Register, Customs and Border Protection announced new fee levels for a number of things which affect importers, specifically the minimums and maximums for merchandise processing fee (MPF) for formal and informal entries. The minimum merchandise processing fee for a formal entry is now $26.79. The maximum merchandise …

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While the dispute between the United States and the European Union has raged for years at the World Trade Organization, a final decision by a WTO arbitrator on Wednesday paved the way for the USTR to announce a raft of punitive duties on imports from certain EU countries effective October 18th. The abbreviated version of …

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On May 25th we will be moving our Miami location.  We will be open until about 9:30 a.m. and then will close the office and begin the move. We will re-open for Business Tuesday May 29th Our new address will be: 8725 NW 18th Terrace Suite 402 Miami, FL 33172 Phone / e-mail / website  …

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This month, CBP announced via a Federal Register Notice an upward adjustment to the Merchandise Processing Fee and Harbor Maintenance Fees collected at the time of entry. In December, 2015, the passage of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) provided for CBP to make adjustments to user fees in accordance with increases in …

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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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