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July, 2015

Update on Port of LA’s paper workaround for paperless ACE air manifest cargo releases

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

seal_aceRecently, we discussed glitches in ACE that prevented carriers from seeing release messages for air cargo, even though the filers receive paperless releases in ACE.  To address the issue, the Port of Los Angeles announced a paper-based workaround, which was extended through July 31, 2015.

While the overall air manifest environment is improving in performance, technical issues remain.  Therefore, the Port of LA has extended the paper workaround until further notice, and has provided additional guidance for the trade.

For details, see Acting LAX Port Director Donald R. Kusser’s memo:   Notice to the Trade – July 29, 2015 Update

 

Importing wildlife into the US? Get involved in FWS ACE working group

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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The International Trade Data System (ITDS) Committee of the Trade Support Network (TSN) is seeking participants from the trade in the new US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) ACE/ITDS Working Group.  The purpose of the group is to develop technical requirements for participation by FWS in the ACE/ITDS.  Specifically, the goal is to ensure that the trade is capable of electronically submitting FWS data using the Partner Government Agency (PGA) message set in ACE.

As most in the trade are aware, US Customs’ new ACE system will become the Single Window – the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports to US Customs and other agencies having jurisdiction.  Currently, CBP and 47 PGAs are working to enable shippers to file cargo entries in ACE.

Details of participating in the FWS working group are available here.  Interested parties must submit a request to apply by July 30.

 

How to obtain a GSP refund

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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In follow-up to the passage of the Trade Preferences and Extension Act of 2015, which reauthorized the Generalized System of Preference (GSP), importers are entitled to seek refunds for duties paid for eligible goods retroactive to July 31, 2013.

CBP recently posted its GSP Refund Process for eligible filers, which is available here.  In addition, the Tuttle Law Office provides guidance for refund seekers, available here.

 

 

 

 

 

Truck turn time, rates soar at LA/LB

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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Shippers using the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex have been hit with increased delays in truck turn times, and ironically are paying more for diminished service levels.

According to the Journal of Commerce, the average turn times at the port complex’s 13 container terminals have increased by 50% in the last year — from about an hour to 90 minutes — which is attributed to the past year’s chassis shortages, intermodal rail service problems, increase in drayage rates and ILWU’s past job actions which were part of the now-settled West Coast port labor slowdown.

The twin ports have formed stakeholder groups to address the issues that are causing increased turn times.  However, as vessels calling in the ports get larger, the congestion persists.   And now the trucking industry is able charge shippers for excess truck waiting times — the “new normal.”   (*JOC site registration required)

CBP to test tweaks of Remote Location Filing (RLF) program

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

In yesterday’s Federal Register, US Customs announced an upcoming National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test of the Remote Location Filing (RLF) program.  Under the RLF program, self-filing importers, and customs brokers with a national permit and RLF approval, may file entries electronically from a remote location other than the port where the cargo is being entered.

The NCAP test, which is in furtherance of CBP’s Trade Transformation modernization initiatives, especially ACE, is slated to go live on August 12, 2015 through an unspecified end date.  Key highlights of the test are:

It is important to note that only ACE entries that are certified for ACE cargo release from summary may be submitted under the test.

US Customs invites the public to submit comments on any aspect of the test through the duration of the test.

© Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

© Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

 

 

West Coast ports container volume sags despite settlement of labor dispute

Monday, July 6th, 2015
Port of LB cranes © 2009 Regular Daddy

Port of LB cranes © 2009 Regular Daddy

 

 

In the lingering aftermath of the West Coast ports labor dispute, importers and exporters continue to divert cargo to East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, driving down container volume in the west by 2% year-over-year.  Although West Coast port congestion has dissipated, the East and Gulf ports continue to grow in container volume, in double or high single digits.  See full post in the Journal of Commerce. (*JOC site registration required)