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January, 2017

LA trade professionals: Attend WITOC’s State of the Trade 2017 event

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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Join Women In Trade — Orange County for its annual – The State of Trade – Symposium and Luncheon. Hear leading industry members and top local government officials provide a recap of 2016 and a look ahead of what to expect for 2017.

There will be speakers from CBP, FDA and CPSC that will present important industry updates that will affect all in 2017.

The lunchtime topic will feature a discussion of the different ways imports and exports will be affected by the 115th Congress and President-elect Trump.   Increase duties?  Tear up/renegotiate free trade agreements?  Border tax?  Trade war?  All will be discussed!

 

 

SPEAKERS:
Heather Litman, Trade Attorney
(Program Moderator)
Grunfeld, Desiderio, Leibowitz, Silverman & Klestadt
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Anne Maricich, Assistant Director, Trade – Los Angeles Field Office
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Stacy Prosperi, Compliance Investigator, Office of Import Surveillance, Western Region
Food and Drug Administration
Dan Solis - Director of Import Operations LA District
EVENT DETAILS:
Date: February 15, 2017
Venue: Avenue of the Arts Hotel
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost:  Symposium - $120 Members ; $135 Non-Members
          Luncheon Only - $65 members ; $80 Non-Members
Registration after Feb.10, 2017, add $10 – No Cancellations or Refunds after Feb.13, 2017
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ACE: Free FDA webinar 1/31 to review Supplemental Guide 2.5

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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FDA and CBP will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time to review updates to FDA’s Supplemental Guidance for ACE Version 2.5 and the related PGA Samples.  FDA will go over updates to the Implementation Guide that will go into Production on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  FDA will also address the trade’s questions during the webinar.

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(Note: Registrants will also be able to submit questions in advance via the registration link.)

 

CBP advises to disable auto-complete functionality for ACE Portal passwords

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

From US Customs’ January 2017 ACE Monthly Trade Update:

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Everything you need to know about PMS in ACE

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

From US Customs’ January 2017 ACE Monthly Trade Update:

Below are the preliminary (11th workday) and final (15th workday) dates for Periodic Monthly Statement (PMS). The latest date in which the “Preliminary” PMS can be requested to generate is the 11th workday of the month.

However, some companies do request their preliminary PMS to generate before the 11th workday. “Final” is the due date for the preliminary PMS. This date is also when ACE sends the Periodic Daily Statement (PDS) payment authorization message (PN Transaction) for the PMS to the Pay.gov website.

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US Customs published Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message #17-000009 to announce the postponement of the January 14, 2017 ACE deployment. A new date will be announced in the near future.

Effective with the rescheduled date for this deployment, the final PMS will be generated to the trade community in two or three business days instead of the current one day issuance in ACE and Automated Commercial System (ACS). In ACE, the final PMS has to date been generated the day after CBP sent the PN authorization message to Pay.gov and not when the payment was transferred to CBP.

Additionally, please keep in mind that ACE Reports may not generate quickly on days when preliminary and final PMSs are generated. CBP suggests that you run and/or schedule your PMS reports during non-peak business hours and/or on days when they are not due.

For more information concerning statement processing, please review the Statements in ACE Information Notice, the Periodic Monthly Statement User Guide posted on the “ACE and Automated Systems” and “ACE Portal Training Resources” pages of CBP.gov/ACE. Questions concerning participation in Periodic Monthly Statement should be directed to the CBP Revenue Division. Users can send an email to periodicstatement@cbp.dhs.gov or contact the ACE Periodic Monthly Statement Payment Help Desk at 317-614-4545.

US apparel, footwear industries fear Trump trade plan

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

aafaFrom our friends at the American Apparel & Footwear Association:

January 15: The United States is one of the world’s largest apparel markets, but 97 percent of the garments sold here are made elsewhere. So it will come as no surprise if fashion is the first industry to be affected when President-elect Donald Trump launches his trade strategy after taking office on Friday.

… Corporations are currently taxed upwards of 35 percent on worldwide revenues. The border tax would lower the rate and create a taxation on U.S. operations and consumption. Simply stated, when a product is imported, it would be taxed, and when exported, it would be exempt. …

“This could be devastating for the apparel and footwear industry,” said Stephen Lamar, executive vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “This increased tax burden would translate into higher shoe and clothing prices for American consumers and fewer jobs for American workers.” (Source: LA Daily News)

ACE reporting: CBP publishes updates for protest filers and more

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

seal_aceWith the postponement of the deployment of ACE post-entry functionality, shippers now have some time to familiarize themselves with US Customs’ recent update of ACE reporting capabilities.

Specifically, the ACE Reports Team has recently deployed a new ACE Reports Workspace for Protest Filer Accounts and published new and updated ACE Reports documentation available in the “View ACE Reports Training Resources” page of the ACE Reports tool. The new report workspace and reference materials have been deployed to enhance user understanding of ACE Reports and support new enhancement made to the ACE Secure Data Portal. The new and updated items include:

  • New Protest Filer Workspace – The new Protest Filer workspace provides users access to the newly developed Protest Data Universe and the ES-403 Protest Details Report.
  • New ACE Reports Catalog for Trade Version 2016 -10 – This document provides a comprehensive inventory of all public “canned” reports currently available in ACE Reports.
  • Updated ACE Reports User Guide for Trade Version 1.1 (November 2016) – This user guide describes the steps to follow for viewing, modifying, and creating reports using the updated ACE Reports interface.

To access the new Protest Filer Workspace and review the ACE reports reference materials posted on the “View ACE Reports Training Resources” page, navigate to the “Home” tab from the ACE Reports tool. For more information on running ACE Reports, please see our series of ACE Reports Quick Training Videos on the “ACE Reports Training and User Guides” page of CBP.gov/ACE for step-by-step instructions on getting started with ACE Reports.

US shippers forced to look inland for warehouse space

Monday, January 16th, 2017

joc whseContinuing a trend that ran through 2016, demand for industrial space is expected outpace supply, leaving importers and exporters competing for a scant supply of prime warehouse and distribution space close to major seaports and transportation hubs.  According to the Journal of Commerce, shippers may be relegated to secondary markets, such as the Inland Empire (LA) and the Lehigh Valley (Central NJ).  Read full article.*

 

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Free NCBFAA webinar on 1/17: “Trade Perspectives Under President Trump”

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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From our friends at NCBFAA:

Countdown to the Inauguration: 

Trade Perspectives Under President Trump

Following up on NCBFAA’s well-attended post-election webinar on the direction of trade in the new Trump Administration, this presentation will attempt to pull together information that has emerged since then and try to plot with more precision what those signals might mean for the trade community.  Decisions have not been finalized in many instances, though conjecture is rife.  Hear how we make sense of it all.

Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from industry experts by joining NCBFAA’s Legislative Representative Jon Kent and NCBFAA Legislative Committee Chair Charles Riley on January 17 from 12 to 1 p.m. ET. for this free, informative webinar!

Attendance is worth one CCS/CES credit.

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Breaking news! CBP postpones deployment of Jan 14 ACE post-entry functionality

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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From CSMS #17-000009:

 

Notice Regarding ACE – Postponement of the January 14 deployment
  • This notice is with regard to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
  • The January 14, 2017, deployment of post release capabilities including  liquidation (with the exception of the electronic posting of the Notices of Liquidation on CBP.gov), drawback, reconciliation, duty deferral, collections, statements and the Automated Surety Interface will be postponed.  However, pursuant to the Final Rule published on December 12, 2016, CBP will post the Notices of Liquidation on CBP.gov effective January 14, 2017, as planned.
  • In consideration of stakeholder feedback and the complexity of the ongoing integration testing, CBP is providing additional time to prepare for the final core ACE deployment and ensure a smooth transition of liquidation, drawback, reconciliation, duty deferral, collections, statements and Automated Surety Interface capabilities in ACE. CBP will provide updated information and a new deployment date in the near future.
Office of Trade Relations, Office of the Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Supply chain shakeup! Amazon applies for patent for underground delivery tunnels

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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E-commerce giant Amazon “is not satisfied with conventional transport. Alongside autonomous drones, self-driving trucks, branded fleets of airplanes and even flying warehouses, the Seattle-based company is now looking into delivering goods via a network of subterranean tunnels.”  Others have the same idea.  Check out this Newsweek article about a movement to turn conventional supply chain wisdom on its head!