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Don’t miss FDA’s upcoming webinars on ITACS – September 5th, 7th & 11th

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

fda1On August 21st CBP sent out CSMS message no. 17-000506 on behalf of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

The message announced three identical webinars, to be held September 5th,  7th, and 11th which will provide information on the evolution of FDA’s Import Trade Auxiliary Communications System or ITACS system “to ensure that trade users are familiar with and understand the new ITACS Account Management functionality.”

The webinars will include the following:

  • An overview of current ITACS functionality
  • Background and overview of the new ITACS Account Management functionality
  • Creating an ITACS Account
  • Retrieving Notices of FDA Action from ITACS
  • Managing your ITACS Account, Users and Groups
  • Where to find ITACS and ITACS Account Management resources

If your imports are regulated by the FDA we strongly suggest that you attend one of these webinars.  Click here for more detailed information and to register.

CBP Trade Event – Status of Broker Regs and New Exam Webinar July 26th @ 2:30 EST!

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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CBP, Broker Management is hosting an online webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, entiled “ORR Broker Regulations and BMB Brokers Exam Webinar”.  This is a must attend to learn, firsthand, about proposed changes to the broker regulations as well as the already announced changes to the Customs broker exam process.

Following is today’s email announcement from the NCBFAA, with links to the registration…

On Wednesday, July 26, the Office of Regulations and Rulings will be presenting on the status and process of broker related regulations, the NPRM for 19 CFR 111 and TFTEA 116 and the effect of Executive Order on the regulatory process.

Broker Management Branch will speak to the October 2017 Customs Broker exam, which will be the first automated delivery.

To register for this event, please click here.

If you need to cancel your registration, please click here.

W Coast Trade Symposium recap: E-commerce is THE hot topic

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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CustomsNow attended CBP’s West Coast Trade Symposium last week in Phoenix.  The theme was “Looking Ahead Together: What’s Next for Trade?”  Generally, CBP stated that they would continue to focus on the Priority Trade Issues, as well as the Executive Orders issued by the Trump Administration in 2017.

CBP also intends to build on the foundation of ACE to perform smarter targeting of inbound cargo and will be working to reduce the amount of regulations as required (for every new regulation two must be eliminated.)

Finally, CBP is struggling to stay on top of the explosive growth in the number of small packages shipments driven by e-commerce.

E-commerce is clearly a pressing issue for CBP and here is why:

  • E-commerce sales were valued at $3.4B on Black Friday and are expected to exceed $500B annually by 2020
  • 52M small packages are shipped annually via express carriers
  • 130M small packages ship via air cargo
  • 275M small packages ship via the mail.  This compares to 100M in 2010, up 20% year over year
  • In a recent 5-day operation at JFK airport, CBP checked 3000 mail packages and seized over 1500 due to Intellectual Property Right (IPR), Agriculture, and illegal drugs reasons.  The operation was halted in just 3 days due to the sheer number of seizures.

CBP is just not staffed to handle and examine this volume of packages and they are trying to overcome this shortfall.  For instance, CBP will be piloting a program in Dallas whereby any small package shipments that need to be examined will have to be delivered to a Centralized Examination Station (CES) as opposed to CBP inspectors driving to the various air carrier facilities.

It was explained that most air and express carriers do a good job of prescreening their shipments to the US to ensure they are compliant with US laws and regulations.  Therefore, the criminals are turning to shipping via the mail since there is no prescreening performed at present.

The United States Postal Service is not required to provided CBP with advanced data that would allow CBP to target suspect shipments as they do with all other modes of transportation.  The STOP Act, which is working its way through congress, will address this deficiency.  The Global Direct Entry program is also helping the postal service to identify Trusted Traders for certain wholesalers so that CBP can concentrate on those shippers which are not in this program.

Another concern is that many of these packages fall under the $800 de minimis amount, also known as a Section 321 entry, and, therefore, do not have to be entered with CBP.  The intent of the de minimis rule is that a formal entry must still be made if “additional information, bonding or protection is required.”  Many shippers ignore this requirement and are therefore not declaring their drug shipments to the appropriate Partner Government Agency (PGA), specifically the FDA.

CBP is very concerned with the increase in small packages moving via the mail that contain Fentanyl, a very dangerous synthetic opioid and they shared this story.  Recently an Inspector brushed the lapel of his uniform to remove a substance.  He later overdosed on Fentanyl but, thankfully, survived. CBP is looking at utilizing spectrometers to examine small packages.  This would allow them to screen for illegal drugs without having to open the packages.

Incidentally, the only way, presently, to declare a Sec. 321 shipment to CBP is via the manifest.  E-commerce providers want the ability to declare them via ABI and CBP is investigating this option.  CustomsNow learned that the Trade Leadership Council is considering the creation of a new entry type code of ‘86’ for Sec. 321 shipments.  This way the appropriate PGAs can be declared and there will be no duties or fees due to CBP (in 2010 Congress estimated that if the de minimis amount was raised to $1,000 that would result in only $42M in lost revenue compared to the total amount of duties paid annually which was $37B in FY 2015.)

In addition to illicit drugs, CBP is focused on IPR infractions (“If you can make it, the criminals will fake it.”) It is estimated that companies involved with IPR employ 42M Americans and constitute 40% of our GDP.  Unfortunately, there were 32K IPR seizures last year with an estimated value of $461B.  86% of these shipments came from China and that number climbs to 88% when you add in Hong Kong.  Many of these shipments move as small parcel.

 

Register now for reduced rate for 2017 G.TEC event in Long Beach!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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There’s still time to register for the reduced, advance rate for NCBFAA Educational Institute’s 2017 Global Trade Educational Conference (G.TEC)! This year’s event will be held August 7-8 in beautiful Long Beach, CA.  G.TEC gathers professionals from all facets of the industry-regardless of membership or affiliation-for two days of educational sessions and networking.

CustomsNow is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the event!  And our CEO, Karin Smith, is participating in a panel of interest to importers and others in the trade:  Self filing vs. Broker filing, Challenges, similarities, etc.  See other hot topics on the agenda.

If you have any questions about attending or sponsoring the conference, please contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara.

Don’t wait–register by June 30 to join us for the advanced rate!

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LA trade professionals – don’t miss this Trade Week event on 5/18!

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum has quickly become one of the foremost trade events in Southern California.

Businesses of all sizes will find value in the event’s content and attendee network. Additionally, access to decision makers – both government and private sector – offers opportunities to connect directly to key influencers.

CustomsNow is a sponsor and will exhibit at this fun, informative event put on by UPS and the Irvine Chamber of Commerceand supported by Women In International Trade Orange County.

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Exporters: Don’t miss this BIS Export Compliance Training event!

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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Early bird registration open for 2017 G.TEC event in Long Beach

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Registration for the NCBFAA Educational Institute’s 2017 Global Trade Educational Conference (G.TEC) is now open! This year’s event will be held August 7-8 in beautiful Long Beach, CA.  G.TEC gathers professionals from all facets of the industry-regardless of membership or affiliation-for two days of educational sessions and networking.

CustomsNow is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the event!  And our CEO, Karin Smith, is participating in a panel of interest to importers and others in the trade:  Self filing vs. Broker filing, Challenges, similarities, etc.  See other hot topics on the agenda.

If you have any questions about attending or sponsoring the conference, please contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara.

Don’t wait–register by May 12 to join us for the lowest possible price!

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Save the date! OC World Trade Week Forum on May 18

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Save the date!  CustomsNow is a sponsor and will exhibit at this fun, informative event put on by UPS and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce….

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Register now for US Customs West Coast Trade Symposium

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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CBP’s West Coast Trade Symposium will be held on May 24-25, 2017 at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

This year’s symposium includes discussions on E-Commerce, Interagency Vision, Streamlining Processes and Innovation and Technology.

New this year, the WCTS will feature multiple tracks to choose from and Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) management roundtables.

CustomsNow will be in attendance.  See you there!

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CBP’s West Coast Trade Symposium in AZ in May

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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US Customs has announced that the 2017 West Coast Trade Symposium will be held on May 24-25, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Details to follow here.