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ITC Rules on Chinese Subsidized Plywood on ADD/CVD

Friday, December 8th, 2017


Tariffs Raised By 200 Percent On Some Imports

After failing to get tariffs in place for Chinese plywood twice before, the newest ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) is that the domestic industry is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of these dumped and subsidized imports.

Read the full article here by The Woodworking Network, dated December 1, 2017.

Visit ITC’s website here to see the current and completed anti-dumping or countervailing (ADD/CVD) investigations.

Using CustomsNow’s ITM solution, filers can maintain all part or  SKU entry data fields, including ADD/CVD duty information.  By sharing this detailed part file information with the broker or using internally when self-filing, a high level of compliance with off CBP regulations, including ADD/CVD, can be achieved.

Looming Government Shut Down on December 8 is Uncertain

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

What is actually shut down during a government shut down?


Congress is debating a government shut down on Dec 8, but there is talk of it being pushed back to December 22.

While anything linked to national security will not be included in the shut down (such as military, law enforcement, postal services and executive branch employees) national parks, museums and processing of passports and visas may be delayed.

Read more…

Over $1 Billion Sold by Shopify Merchants During Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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According to a November 28th, 2017 Business Wire news article, Shopify merchants report 1 Billion in sales in 2017.

“This $1 billion milestone emphatically stakes a flag in the ground for entrepreneurs and small business owners all around the world”, said Tobi Lutke, Founder and CEO, Shopify.  ”Their global impact was felt through each and every sale to a customer who chose to buy from our unique merchants, and we’re fiercely proud of helping them be successful during a period historically dominated by big box retailers.”

500,000 merchants in 175 countries sold over $1 billion (USD) in gross merchandise volume (GMV) during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. Interestingly, mobile sales outpaced desktop sales for the third year by more than 10%, with apparel, accessories, and hardware leading the way.

Tesla Reveals Groundbreaking Self-Driving Electric Semi Trucks

Monday, November 27th, 2017


In an evening meeting on November 16, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a smack-down to gasoline powered cars and trucks by announcing the prototype of their self-driving truck. This innovative design by the company that pioneered electric cars promises more efficiency, less cost to operate and no exhaust.

Read more about the future of self-driving cars and trucks here.

NCBFAA Seeking Input from Members on Most Recent ACE Downtime

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The ACE outage on November 14th causes concern over current CBP downtime procedures. For a time system errors were preventing users from logging into the ACE Portal screens as well as issues with Trade electronic EDI message processing.
See the original reports CMS#17-000709  CMS#17-000710, CMS#17-000711

At 22:05 on November 14 it was reported that systems were up and functional, and this update was posted. 

NCBFAA seeks input from members on any issues related to the downtime and encourages you to report any examples of lack of uniformity between ports during downtime. Please email NCBFA’s Executive Vice President Megan Montgomery at with any feedback or suggestions for ways in which NCBFAA can minimize disruptions to your business should future ACE outages occur.

ICPA Conference Registration Opens- Grab your Wingman and get to San Diego

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017


ICPA Target on Compliance

The ICPA serves the needs of international trade compliance professionals, and Customs Now is proud to be a member.  The upcoming annual conference is the must-attend event for all import and export professionals, and this year it’s right in our backyard! Come and network and attend seminars surrounding international trade in sunny San Diego March 11-14 2018.

Conference cost includes admission to sessions, meals during the event, and conference materials. CCS and CES points are available for attendance. See you there!

ICPA agenda

Session Descriptions

Register here





NAFTA Shakeup Could Impact US Auto Industry

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Customs Now NaftaPresident Trumps proposed changes include requiring that vehicles have 85% NAFTA-sourced parts is under discussion, but talks are going slow. Mexico and Canada are the naysayers that are so far are unwilling to yield, but talks are expected to last into 2018. As it stands now, autos can transport without tariffs as long as they are made with 62.5% content from the three NAFTA nations. If the Trump administration has their way the proposed changes could signify the return of the U.S as a powerhouse in the car manufacturing industry and will bring in a new influx of jobs. Read more at the American Journal of Transportation

Our “Thanks” to CBP and everyone who is contributing to the Texas recovery!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Thank you to the many men, women, companies and government agencies who are contributing in so many ways to help Texas recover from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey.

The stories are amazing!

CBP has posted stories and pictures of their contributions, here.

Please help by donating through one of the many ways available, such as the Great Houston Community Foundation, or the The American Red Cross.


Changes announced to the Customs broker exam process!

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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On June 30, 2017, CBP published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding the customs broker exam process.  Previously CBP had published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to modernize the customs broker’s examination provisions which is now made final. Specifically, CBP proposed amending the customs broker’s examination provisions, which are contained in 19 CFR part 111, to permit automation of the examination.

From now on the exam will be all-electronic with benefits to both CBP and the trade, such as a faster processing time, which lets examinees know their results more quickly and efficiently, and a significant reduction in administrative duties for CBP employees.

Additionally, the twice-yearly exams will now take place on fourth Wednesday in October and April.

However, as the electronic exam uses all private facilities with professional proctors, this automated method will be more expensive than the paper exam. Therefore, the fee will increase from $200 to $390.

The new efficiencies gained will be worth the extra money, we think.  Read more from CBP here.  Review sample exam here.

Lost your tariff number? Wondered the status of GSP? Read on…

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017



On June 29th CBP published CSMS message no. 17-000381 announcing the availability of Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1704, which went into effect on July 1, 2017.

This USHTS update contains modifications mandated by the 484 F Committee (the Committee for Statistical Annotation of Tariff Schedules), adjustments to several Participating Government Agency (PGA) indicators, and staged rate duty reductions as a result of Presidential Proclamation 9466 (to Implement the World Trade Organization Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products and For Other Purposes).

The modified records are available to all ABI participants and can be retrieved electronically via the procedures indicated in the CATAIR.  CustomsNow clients have the ability to review the HTS numbers that are valid on/after July 1st and mass update their product classifications accordingly.  The official HTS 2017 and update change record can be viewed at the USITC website.

In addition to these updates, CBP advised that as of its publication, the latest GSP proclamation had not been signed.  CBP is expecting the proclamation to have a July 1st effective date as well, but due to recent differences between the draft documentation and the final legislation, CBP was unable to make the necessary modifications until the proclamation is official.  Once it has been signed, CBP will begin updating the system. When the changes have been completed another HTS update will be created and the associated CSMS message will be posted.