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FCC Final Decision Regarding the FCC 740 Form

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 FCC Final Decision Regarding the FCC 740 Form The Federal Communications Commission released their final decision regarding the requirements for most radiofrequency devices that are imported, marketed, or operated within the U.S. Among other streamlining decisions, the Commission eliminated the requirement to file the FCC Form 740.  For more information, please… Continue Reading

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UPDATE ON MAERSK PETYA CYBER ATTACK

Friday, June 30, 2017 UPDATE ON MAERSK PETYA CYBER ATTACK The following is a letter Maersk sent to the customers updating them of their recent cyber attack. Dear Customer  Once again thank you for all your patience and understanding of the situation. We remain committed to do whatever we can to protect and deliver your… Continue Reading

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MAERSK PETYA CYBER ATTACK UPDATE

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 MAERSK PETYA CYBER ATTACK UPDATE Please be advised that customers of Maersk received the following letter to keep them updated on the current situation. Dear Customer  Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm… Continue Reading

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CBP DEPLOYMENT DELAY

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 CBP DEPLOYMENT DELAY CBP is rescheduling the last primary deployment of core trade processing capabilities in ACE which had been scheduled for July 8, 2017.  This deployment includes liquidation (with the exception of the previously deployed electronic posting of the Notices of Liquidation on CBP.gov), reconciliation, drawback, duty deferral, collections and… Continue Reading

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MAERSK GLOBAL IT BREAKDOWN

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 MAERSK GLOBAL IT BREAKDOWN   A massive ransomware attack has claimed another victim. The Maersk group, the world’s largest shipping company,  reported  a cyber attack has hit their computer systems causing various outages.  Servers across India and Europe were affected and Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business… Continue Reading

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Update on Light-emitting diode (LED) Reporting to FDA

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Update on Light-emitting diode (LED) Reporting to FDA The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is providing an update to clarify expectations regarding Light-emitting diodes (LED) reporting. FDA is issuing an explanation to address the evident confusion regarding the entry transmission expectations for LED products and products containing LEDs. FDA hopes… Continue Reading

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Extension of FCC Form 740 Waiver

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Extension of FCC Form 740 Waiver Customs and Border Protection has released a notice (CSMS #17-000327) to inform the trade that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is extending the waiver of the requirement for customs brokers and self-filers to file data associated with FCC Form 740 and the importation of Radio… Continue Reading

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Boeing Files AD and CVD Petitions on Imports of Large Civil Aircraft from Canada

Monday, May 1, 2017 Boeing Files AD and CVD Petitions on Imports of Large Civil Aircraft from Canada The Boeing Company has filed petitions claiming that Canadian producer Bombardier, Inc. is selling its C series aircraft in the U.S. at “absurdly” low prices with the help of government subsidies.  This alert outlines the scope of the… Continue Reading

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April 27, 2017 Pesticides and Devices EPA Deadline

Monday, April 24, 2017 April 27, 2017 Pesticides and Devices EPA Deadline Per CSMS Message #17-000159 the next phase of the PGA implementation to ACE is EPA registered pesticides and devices.  Beginning on April 27, 2017 it will be mandatory to either report the electronic data set for EPA Form 3540-1 Notice of Arrival and… Continue Reading

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April 27, 2017 Vehicles and Engine EPA Deadline

Monday, April 24, 2017 April 27, 2017 Vehicles and Engine EPA Deadline Per CSMS Message #17-000159 the next phase of the PGA implementation to ACE is EPA regulated Vehicles & Engines (VNE).  Beginning on April 27, 2017 it will be mandatory to either report the electronic data set for EPA Forms 3520-1 and 3520-21 or… Continue Reading

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Required Security Change for All ACE Portal Accounts

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Required Security Change for All ACE Portal Accounts Customs and Border Protection recently sent CSMS# 17-000217 advising of changes in the ACE portal and  then followed up with an e-mail requesting this information be disseminated to all trade associates. Federal Regulations require that sensitive data be protected when being disseminated over… Continue Reading

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Customs and Border Protection Provides Guidance on the New Requirements for U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned

Friday, February 3, 2017 Customs and Border Protection Provides Guidance on the New Requirements for U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sent out CSMS 17-000046, dated January 31, 2017  providing additional guidance to the trade on U.S. and Foreign Goods Returned or HTSUS Subheading 9801.00.10 after an amendment issued by the… Continue Reading

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ACE TRANSITION OUTAGE DELAYS

Thursday, January 12, 2017 ACE TRANSITION OUTAGE  DELAYS Following up on our trade alert dated Friday, January 6 stating that Customs and Border Protection will be deploying new functionality on January 14 to include DRAWBACK, DUTY DEFERRAL, RECONCILIATION, LIQUIDATION, COLLECTIONS and STATEMENTS in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), CBP has announced a delay. Please note… Continue Reading

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ACE TRANSITION OUTAGE

Friday, January 6, 2017 ACE TRANSITION OUTAGE  Customs and Border Protection will be deploying new functionality on January 14 to include DRAWBACK, DUTY DEFERRAL, RECONCILIATION, LIQUIDATION, COLLECTIONS and STATEMENTS in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  With this transition, transactions supporting these capabilities must be filed in ACE and will no longer be accepted in the… Continue Reading

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Happy New Year From your friends at F. H. Kaysing Company!

Thursday, December 29, 2016 Happy New Year  From your friends at F. H. Kaysing Company! 2017 is right around the corner and we want to wish you all the very best, as well as offer up a few reminders to help with your compliance measures. The beginning of a new year provides a good opportunity… Continue Reading

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Extension of FCC Form 740 Waiver

Tuesday, December 14, 2016 Extension of FCC Form 740 Waiver The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the waiver of the requirement to file FCC data in ACE until the Commission completes its rulemaking regarding the issue. As you recall, effective July 1, 2016, FCC flags were removed to comply the with Federal Register Notice… Continue Reading

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TARIFF CHANGES 2017

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 TARIFF CHANGES UNDER THE WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION (WCO) HARMONIZED SYSTEM FOR 2017 Recommendations for amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature that were made and adopted at the WCO Council in June, 2014 will go into force on January 1, 2017 (HS 2017). The new version of the HS includes 234 sets… Continue Reading

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Guidance on Vessel Diversions for Hanjin Shipping Lines Cargo

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Guidance on Vessel Diversions for Hanjin Shipping Lines Cargo Customs and Border Protection has released guidelines for various scenarios relating to Hanjin Shipping Lines cargo diversions to the trade.  For more information please follow the link provided below: https://apps.cbp.gov/csms/viewmssg.asp?Recid=22137&page=&srch_argv=&srchtype=&btype=&sortby=&sby Continue Reading

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Hanjin Shipping Files for Receivership

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Hanjin Shipping Files for Receivership According to news reports, South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd filed for court receivership on Wednesday after losing the support of its banks. The situation remains fluid and the actual effect on the supply chain is unclear. We will keep everyone advised as more information is… Continue Reading

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ACE Is Beginning to Elicit Changes

Thursday, August 4, 2016 ACE Is Beginning to Elicit Changes We have heard that importers are beginning to receive letters from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminding them of their responsibilities in exercising reasonable care in the preparation and filing of customs entries and providing guidance by identifying several Customs Informed Compliance Publications. CBP’s intent… Continue Reading

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FCC’s Temporary Waiver of Radio Frequency Devices

Friday, July 8, 2016 FCC’s Temporary Waiver of Radio Frequency Devices On October 19, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an order temporarily waiving the requirement to file an FCC Form 740 effective July 1, 2016, in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  The FCC waived the requirements of the Commission’s rules governing the submission… Continue Reading

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UPDATED CBP TRAINING VIDEOS FOR ACE REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 UPDATED CBP TRAINING VIDEOS FOR ACE REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE As more trade users have begun realizing the benefits of utilizing the reporting tools available in the ACE portal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted a new series of videos on ACE Reports to CBP.gov.  The training videos cover a… Continue Reading

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F H Kaysing 4th of July Closing 2016

F.H. Kaysing will be closed Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. Cindy Molina will be on call for the holiday weekend and may be reached at: cmolina@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 641-7718 Fax (316) 239-7261 Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Week-end! Continue Reading

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Updated Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement

Friday, June 17, 2016 Updated Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement Customs and Border Protection has posted a message via Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) # 16-000499 stating that shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) claims… Continue Reading

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DSP-83 Non-Transfer and Use Certificate Form Notice

Wednesday, May18, 2016 DSP-83 Non-Transfer and Use Certificate Form Notice The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) released an official notice earlier this month that they will no longer accept expired DSP-83 forms. The DDTC advises that current pending licenses that have been submitted on the expired form will be required to also submit a… Continue Reading

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Useful Tips for AESDirect in ACE

Wednesday, May18, 2016 The US Census Bureau sent the following message to the trade with timely information regarding the legacy AESDirect.  Please be sure to contact FHK with any questions you may have. May 16, 2016 Useful Tips for AESDirect in ACE With the legacy AESDirect application (aesdirect.census.gov) going offline after this Friday, May 20th,… Continue Reading

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Lithium Ion Batteries

Thursday, February 18, 2016 Lithium Ion Batteries  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released an update to include additional changes being proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization Air Navigation Commission (ICAO ANC) for requirements relating to the air transport of Lithium Ion Batteries. It has been recommended that stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN… Continue Reading

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Labor Walk Off

Friday, January 29, 2016 NCBFAA Post New York Advisory January 29, 2016   Please be advised that as of 10:53 this morning the Port Authority of NY & NJ released the following statement: “There is an apparent labor walk off at all PONYNJ terminals. No truck operations at this time. All efforts to resume activity… Continue Reading

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Publication of Public Notice Concerning FCC Form 740

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Publication of Public Notice Concerning FCC Form 740 Customs and Border Protection issued CSMS # 16-000008 to relate information about the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology public notice that was recently released in an effort to  clarify the misunderstandings regarding electronic filing requirements for the FCC Form 740 – Statement Regarding the Importation… Continue Reading

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Open letter from NCBFAA regarding the transition of ACE

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Open letter from NCBFAA regarding the transition of ACE  The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. sent a second open letter encouraging their members to share information regarding the transition to the ACE environment as follows: The NCBFAA is fully committed to the success of the ACE migration.… Continue Reading

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GSP Retroactive Refund Processing

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 GSP Retroactive Refund Processing CBP sent a message to the trade advising of the third phase of GSP retroactive refund processing as follows: BACKGROUND On July 28, 2015, CBP published the Federal Register 80 FR 44986 announcing the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), effective July 29, 2015 through… Continue Reading

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Passes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Passes Australia Japan    Peru Brunei Darussalam Malaysia Singapore Canada Mexico United States Chile New Zealand Vietnam  On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries announced conclusion of their negotiations.  The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that is intended to promote… Continue Reading

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EPA ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIREMENT FOR IMPORTS OF 30 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES

EPA ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIREMENT FOR IMPORTS OF 30 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES A direct final rule imposing import restrictions on 30 chemical substances has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that were the subject of a pre-manufacture notice. This rule requires persons intending to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 30 substances for an… Continue Reading

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CBP Provides Guidance on Generalized System of Preferences Refunds

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CBP Provides Guidance on Generalized System of Preferences Refunds The President signed the bill into law on June 29, 2015. Pursuant to Title II of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 duty-free treatment of GSP-eligible imports (for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse) will resume effective 30 days after enactment, on… Continue Reading

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GSP Renewal

Monday, June 29, 2015   GSP Renewal The long-awaited renewal of the Generalized  System of Preferences (GSP) which had expired on July 31, 2013 was passed by the House and the Senate last week.   It is anticipated that President Obama will soon follow through with enactment, possibly as early as this week to reinstate GSP… Continue Reading

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Clarification of ADD/CVD for Aluminum Extrusions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Clarification of ADD/CVD for Aluminum Extrusions Some clarification regarding articles that fall under the ADD/CVD case for aluminum extrusions has finally emerged due to several court cases.  The clarification is regarding those articles that qualify under the “finished merchandise” exemption of the scope.  An article in Broker Power stated, “Commerce is… Continue Reading

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Full Enforcement ISF

Tuesday, May 12, 2015   Full Enforcement ISF On May 14, 2015 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF.  Overall there are no changes to the Regulation, but local ports now have the full authority to issue liquidated damages for late/inaccurate filings without the need to process through CBP headquarters.  The process of issuing warning… Continue Reading

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West Coast Truck Drivers Go On Strike

Monday, April 27, 2015 West Coast Truck Drivers Go On Strike Four trucking firms have been accused of wage theft by truck drivers prompting some of the truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to walk off the job today. Barb Maynard, a spokeswoman for the Teamsters union,… Continue Reading

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Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement

Thursday, March 26, 2015  Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement FHK began educating our clients about the proposed ISF ruling in 2008 to prepare for implementation in 2009.  ISF requires every shipper importing to the U.S. to communicate specific information and documentation to CBP prior to cargo being laden on an exporting vessel.  In July 2013… Continue Reading

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Export Controls & Regulations Conference St. Louis, MO April 8-9

Friday, March 13, 2015 Export Controls & Regulations Conference St. Louis, MO April 8-9 In the event that Export Controls is of interest to you or someone within your company, we would like to share details on an upcoming conference taking place in St. Louis being presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of… Continue Reading

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EPA Final Ruling

Friday, March 6, 2015 EPA Final Ruling Effective April 6, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency will impose import restrictions on the chemical substance pentane, 1,1,1,2,3,3-hexafluoro-4-(1,1,2,3,3,3-hexafluoropropoxy), which was the subject of a pre-manufacture notice.  The EPA issued this final rule requiring persons who intend to manufacture and/or import this substance for any activity that is designated… Continue Reading

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CBP Updated Form 434

Wednesday February 18, 2015   CBP has updated their Form 434 (NAFTA Certificate of Origin) in an effort to reduce issues relating to date ambiguity and to facilitate communication when questions arise. You can find the updated form on the CBP website at cbp.gov under the “Forms” page or click on the link provided. http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CBP%20Form%20434_3.pdf… Continue Reading

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Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the West Coast Congestion?

Friday, January 30, 2015 Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the West Coast Congestion? Standing on the shore looking out over the water, a person can spot multiple vessels and easily see the congestion that has plagued the West Coast ports over the past several months. On Wednesday, January 28… Continue Reading

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New Year’s Day Holiday Scheduling

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 New Year’s Day Holiday Scheduling F H Kaysing will be closed on Thursday, January 1st. We will be open on Friday, January 2nd.   Kim Mills, will be on call Thursday, January 1st, and may be reached at: kmills@fhkaysing.com   Cell (316)992-3912       Fax (316)239-7277   Abbie Booth, will be on call Friday, January… Continue Reading

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CBP Warns Importers of Scams Attempting To Avoid AD/CVD

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 CBP Warns Importers of Scams Attempting To Avoid AD/CVD CBP sent a message alerting importers that any attempt to engage in this type of activity is in violation of US Law and may result in civil and criminal penalties.  For more information, please follow the link provided below. http://www.cbp.gov/trade/priority-issues/adcvd/scam-alert   Continue Reading

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LATE ISF SUBMISSIONS

Monday, December 15, 2014 LATE ISF SUBMISSIONS CBP issued a Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) advising the trade that effective January 10, 2015, late ISF submissions will no longer be exempt from the bond requirement and most ISF transactions will require a bond when they are filed. Importers are advised to ensure that bonds are… Continue Reading

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Update on Congestion Surcharges

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Update on Congestion Surcharges Yang Ming and OOCL have notified their customers of a decision to suspend at least temporarily, their decision to impose congestion surcharges on the West Coast ports. Although nothing has been announced, other carriers may follow suit and announce their intentions to postpone as well. It is not… Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 FH Kaysing will be closed on Thursday, November 27th, returning on Friday, November 28th. Kim Mills will be on call on Thursday, November 27, and may be reached at: kmills@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 992-3912 Fax (316) 239-7277 Abbie Booth, LCB, will be on call Friday, November 28 until Sunday, December 4 and may be reached… Continue Reading

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Congestion Surcharges Scheduled to Begin November 26

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Congestion Surcharges Scheduled to Begin November 26 Many carriers have announced their intention to begin implementing surcharges beginning as early as tomorrow.  As mentioned previously, the Federal Maritime Commission still needs to determine whether these surcharges are lawful. The following have made announcements to commence these fees: APL China Shipping CMA… Continue Reading

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Carriers Move Ahead With Imposing Surcharges on West Coast

Friday, November 21, 2014 Carriers Move Ahead With Imposing Surcharges on West Coast As the slow down on the West Coast shows no signs of abating, Hanjin Shipping and Mediterranean Shipping Company sent out alerts notifying customers that previously suspended surcharges will now commence and will apply to all shipments arriving on the West Coast… Continue Reading

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FMC Ruling on Port Congestion Surcharges

Tuesday, November 18, 2014   FMC Ruling on Port Congestion Surcharges   Continuing with the ongoing LA/LB congestion and the concerns of the surcharges being assessed to containers, the FMC has ruled that carriers cannot properly assess any congestion or other surcharges on cargo that was in their possession or control at the time the… Continue Reading

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Coalition seeks intervention in port strikes Ports Los Angeles/ Long Beach

Thursday, November 7, 2014 Coalition seeks intervention in port strikes Ports Los Angeles/ Long Beach As stated in an FHK trade alert sent on October 9, 2014, congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are growing worse with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port… Continue Reading

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Proposed Changes to CBP Importer ID Form

Thursday, October 16, 2014 CBP Proposes Changes to Importer ID Collection of Information In a recent Federal Register Notice, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing to revise its Importer ID Input Record (CBP Form 5106) by gathering additional information about a company and its officers. CBP Form 5106 is the basis for establishing bond… Continue Reading

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Port of LA/LB Congestion

Thursday, October 9, 2014 Port of LA/LB Congestion Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are growing worse with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex. “The vessels keep arriving and the trucks keep arriving,” said John Cushing, president of PierPass Inc., which manages… Continue Reading

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FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. are required to register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Registration must be renewed every other year between October… Continue Reading

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LA/LB Seaport ISF Enforcement

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport ISF Enforcement   Importer Security Filing (ISF) policy requires that all ISF information on a shipment bound for the U.S. must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 24 hours prior to lading on the vessel at the foreign port. In July of 2013, CBP implemented… Continue Reading

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LA Fire Closes Port Terminals

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 LA Port Terminals Remain Closed Due to Fire On Monday, September 22, 2014, around 6:40 PM, a massive fire erupted underneath a port warehouse in the 800 block of South Fries Avenue, Wilmington. At least two cargo ships were moved to a safe location and terminal employees were evacuated. The Los… Continue Reading

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Steel Mill Test Certificates Required for Iron or Steel Products Classified in Chapter 72 or Headings 7301 to 7307

Thursday, September 11, 2014   Steel Mill Test Certificates Required for Iron or Steel Products Classified in Chapter 72 or Headings 7301 to 7307 On July 15, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued ruling HQ H209833 in response to an internal advice request from the Port Director of Champlain, New York, regarding the… Continue Reading

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Post-Importation Claims for Preferential Tariff Treatment

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Post-Importation Claims for Preferential Tariff Treatment  There are times when the information to support a claim for preferential tariff treatment (FTAs, GSP, etc.) is not available at the time of entry filing, but becomes available at a later date. The provisions to file a post-entry claim for free trade agreements and… Continue Reading

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CBP Reliquidates Deemed Liquidated Entries

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Reliquidation of “Deemed Liquidated” Entries Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ruled they are entitled to reliquidate deemed liquidated entries 90 days from the date they give notice to the importer, rather than 90 days from the date of deemed liquidation itself. Once suspension of liquidation is lifted on an… Continue Reading

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Amendment to Destination Control Statement for Certain Exports

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Amendment to Destination Control Statement     This to advise/remind you of the most recent amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) concerning the “destination control statement” (DCS). The DCS is required for certain exports covered by 22 CFR 123 – Licenses for the Export and Temporary Import of Defense Articles.… Continue Reading

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Guidance for West Coast Trade Disruption

Thursday, June 26, 2014 Guidance for West Coast Trade Disruption A six-year pact between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents about 20,000 dock workers at 29 West Coast ports, expires June 30. These ports account for about half of all U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of… Continue Reading

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CBP Announces Test of Trusted Trader Program

Monday, June 23, 2014 CBP Announces Test of Trusted Trader Program U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the commencement of the Trusted Trader program test. CBP plans to unify the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and the Importer Self-Assessment… Continue Reading

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ISF Enforcement

Monday, June 2, 2014  ISF Enforcement Strategy Last month U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Headquarters provided updated guidance to the ports regarding ISF enforcement and the issuance of liquidated damages claims. The guidance calls for three warnings to an importer before issuing a claim for ISF noncompliance. CBP states the guidance is to clarify and enhance… Continue Reading

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GSP Expiration: Use of Liquidation Extension and Protest

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 FHK is reprinting U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s message #14-000286, dated May 16, 2014, to familiarize our clients with CBP’s stand regarding the upcoming liquidation of GSP entries. CSMS# 14-000286 – GSP Expiration: Use of Liquidation Extension and Protest GSP expired July 31, 2013. Importers were advised in CSMS #13-000348 to continue… Continue Reading

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Court to Review Whether to Expand Civil Penalties to Corporate Officers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Full Court to Review Whether to Expand Civil Penalty Liability The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has announced it will hear en banc (meaning all active judges may participate) the issue of whether corporate officers or shareholders qualify as “persons” under 19 U.S.C. 1592; CBP’s primary civil statute for… Continue Reading

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Classification Change for Certain LED Lamps

  Monday, March 24, 2014 CBP Revokes Ruling Letters to Change Classification of Certain LED Lamps  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revoked four ruling letters relating to the tariff classification of certain light emitting diode (LED) lamps. The four rulings, NY N020630, NY M83236, NY L84113 and NY E89000, classified the LEDs under headings 8539 and 8541.   CBP issued… Continue Reading

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Continuous Bonds to be Rendered Insufficient Due to Returned Mail

  Thursday, March 20, 2014   Continuous Bonds to be Rendered Insufficient Due to Returned Mail The Revenue Division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will resume the process of rendering continuous bonds insufficient due to returned mail from a bond principal.    Please refer to CBP’s website to see the necessary corrective action… Continue Reading

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Executive Order to Streamline Export/Import Process

TRADE ALERT Thursday, February 20, 2014 President Obama to Sign Executive Order to Streamline Export/Import Process This Executive Order mandates the completion of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by December 2016. According to a White House Fact Sheet, the ITDS creates capabilities that will allow businesses to transmit, through an electronic “single-window,” the data… Continue Reading

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Correction to 2014 HTSUS MPF Exemption Claims under SPIs C#, K# and L#

Monday,   February 10, 2014 Correction to 2014   HTSUS MPF Exemption Claims under SPIs C#, K# and L#  In   a notice from CBP dated January, 3, 2014, the public was informed that General   Statistical Note (GSN) 3(c) of the 2014 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the   United States was updated to indicate that goods imported… Continue Reading

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Foreign Internet Purchases

TRADE ALERT Friday, February 7, 2014 FOREIGN INTERNET PURCHASES When you buy goods from foreign sources, you become an importer. It is the importer’s responsibility for assuring that the goods comply with a variety of both state and federal government import regulations. Importing goods that are unsafe, that fail to meet U.S. Customs and Border… Continue Reading

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Update to HTSUS Clarifies Eligibility under SPI C#, K# and L#

TRADE ALERT Tuesday, January 7, 2014  2014 HTSUS Clarifies Exemption from MPF for Claims under SPI C#, K# and L#  General Statistical Note (GSN) 3(c) of the 2014 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States was updated to indicate that goods imported under the Civil Aircraft Agreement, Pharmaceutical Agreement and Intermediate Chemicals for Dyes Agreement… Continue Reading

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Reinstatement of Antidumping Orders on Ball Bearings

TRADE ALERT Thursday, December 12, 2013 Antidumping Orders on Ball Bearings from Japan and United Kingdom are Reinstated The Department of Commerce (DOC) has reinstated the antidumping duty orders on ball bearings from Japan and the United Kingdom effective November 29, 2013.  The International Trade Administration (ITA) will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to resume… Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving 2013

F.H. Kaysing will be closed Thursday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will be open for normal business hours on Friday, November 29 Mary Sapien will be on call on Thursday, November 22, and may be reached at: msapien@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 833-7345 Fax (316) 239-7258 **Friday, November 29 FHK will be open for normal business hours** Abbie… Continue Reading

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Homeland Security Procedures Relating to a Federal Funding Hiatus

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Procedures Relating to a Federal Funding Hiatus   We’ve received some calls from concerned clients asking about the status of CBP and the effects on the trade. We anticipate minimal impact on import operations at this time. Any employee who conducts essential activities to the extent… Continue Reading

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Misdeclared Handheld Lasers Subject to FDA Regulations

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Misdeclared Handheld Laser Products Subject to FDA Regulations   In a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), dated August 12, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked for cooperation in stopping the release and distribution of shipments containing illegal handheld laser products FDA is requesting that CBP… Continue Reading

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China Value Added Tax on Transportation Charges

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 China Value Added Tax on Transportation Charges   Effective August 1, 2013, China’s Ministry of Finance began enforcing Circular 37 Cai Shui (2013) No.37, a Value Added Tax (VAT) on “Transportation and Modern Services Sector”. An additional 6% Value Added Tax will be assessed on all freight and ancillary transport charges… Continue Reading

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U.S. Action Plan for Bangladesh’s Reinstatement of Benefits

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 U.S. Action Plan for Reinstatement of GSP Benefits for Bangladesh   After suspending Bangladesh from receiving GSP benefits, the Obama Administration has made public an action plan it presented to Bangladesh for the country to be considered for reinstatement of GSP trade benefits. The plan is targeted at recognizing worker rights in the… Continue Reading

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Register for the CBP Aircraft Classification Seminar

Thursday, July 18, 2013 Reminder to Register for the CBP Aircraft Classification Seminar   Two CBP National Import Specialists will be in Wichita on Thursday, July 25th to present a classification seminar targeted at aircraft parts.  You only have a few days left to register.  Registration closes at noon on Tuesday, July 23rd.   Flyer Details Continue Reading

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Expiration of GSP, ATPA and ATPDEA

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Expiration of GSP, ATPA and ATPDEA   The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) and the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) are set to expire midnight of July 31, 2013.  Importers should pay the the column 1 duty rates (normal trade relations) for goods entered… Continue Reading

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Review Results in Suspension of GSP Benefits for Bangladesh

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 2012 GSP Annual Review Results in Suspension of GSP Benefits for Bangladesh   The 2012 Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Annual Review results were announced in Presidential Proclamation 8997 of June 27, 2013, and published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2013. The following modifications to the GSP and the Harmonized… Continue Reading

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F.H. Kaysing will be closed Thursday, July 4th

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 F.H. Kaysing will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Mary Sapien, CCS will be on call Thursday, July 4th and may be reached at: msapien@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 833-7345 Fax (316) 239-7258 Continue Reading

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Aircraft Classification Seminar July 25, 2013

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Reminder to Register for Free Duty Drawback Webinar

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Reminder to Register for Free Duty Drawback Webinar   F.H. Kaysing Company is sponsoring a free webinar on Duty Drawback in conjunction with Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Duty Drawback is a process by which U.S. importers could, under certain conditions, receive a refund of 99% of duties paid on… Continue Reading

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ISF Enforcement June 10, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013 ISF Enforcement    In order to achieve the most compliance with the least disruption to the trade and to domestic port operations, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense approach to Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) enforcement.  On July 9, 2013 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF, and… Continue Reading

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Classification of Aircraft Parts

Friday, May 31, 2013 Classification of Aircraft Parts   The Regulatory Information Society of Kansas (RISK) and the Wichita World Trade Council (WWTC) are co-sponsoring an Aircraft Parts Classification Seminar. The presenters will be two U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Import Specialists, Barbara Kaiser and Matthew Sullivan.   The seminar will be held on Thursday, July,… Continue Reading

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Duty Drawback Webinar

Wednesday, May 22,  2013 Duty Drawback Webinar   Duty Drawback is a process by which U.S. importers could, under certain conditions, receive a refund of 99% of duties paid on imported merchandise that is eventually exported. F.H. Kaysing Company is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a free webinar on Duty Drawback that will be given by Dawn… Continue Reading

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CBP Aircraft Seminar

Thursday, April 25, 2013 CBP Aircraft Seminar   The Regulatory Information Society of Kansas (RISK) and the Wichita World Trade Council (WWTC) are co-sponsoring an Aircraft Outreach Seminar. The presenters will be two U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Import Specialists, Barbara Kaiser and Matthew Sullivan. The date for this event has not yet been… Continue Reading

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Duty Drawback Services

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Duty Drawback Services     F. H. Kaysing is working with a well-known and respected trade advisory group to provide our clients with Duty Drawback services.  Services would include a complete assessment of a client’s qualifications to participate in the program, organization of documentation, and filing claims.  Fees for the service… Continue Reading

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CBP Warns of Delays due to Sequestration

Thursday, February 28, 2013 CBP Warns of Delays due to Sequestration     CBP has announced that the planned budget cuts set to take effect March 1 will likely result in delays  in trade processing, to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and further ACE development.  CBP will be forced to cut back on overtime… Continue Reading

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HTSUS Classification Workshop has been Rescheduled

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Classification Workshop has been Rescheduled   The International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City has rescheduled the HTSUS Classification Workshop due to inclement weather expected over the next two days. The new dates are February 26 and 27.  Registration is open through February 21. For more information please follow the link:… Continue Reading

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HTSUS Classification Workshop

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (HTSUS) Classification Workshop Kerry Layton of F.H. Kaysing and Steve Chace of Hallmark will present a 2-day classification workshop on February 20 & 21, 2013, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City.  This event is sponsored by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City. The… Continue Reading

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CBP Contigency Plans Affecting East and Gulf Coast Ports

Thursday, December 27, 2012     CBP Contigency Plans in Case of Longshoremen Strike Affecting East and Gulf Coast Ports   A possible Longshoremen strike would cause major delays and diversions of vessels arriving and departing at East and Gulf Ports.  In preparation for this event, CBP has established general guidelines for vessel, cargo and entry procedures outlined in their Cargo Systems Messaging… Continue Reading

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Negotiations Breakdown at East and Gulf Ports

Wednesday, December 19, 2012     Longshoremen Strike at East and Gulf Ports Looms as Negotiations Breakdown   Negotiations broke down yesterday between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) without a deal or contract extension. A strike at East and Gulf Ports seems more likely as the December 30th deadline… Continue Reading

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Changes for Informal and Formal Entry Limits

Thursday, December 13, 2012         Informal Entry Limit Increased and Certain Formal Entry Requirements Removed In the Federal Register dated December 6, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced they are increasing the informal entry amount from $2,000 to $2,500.  CBP has increased the limit to mitigate the effects of inflation.  … Continue Reading

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End of Strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Wednesday, December 5, 2012         End of Strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach  The Marine Clerks Office Clerical Unit (OCU) agreed to a tentative deal late on Tuesday to end the strike and return to work today.  The deal will not become final until it’s ratified by the full union membership.… Continue Reading

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Strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Thursday, November 29, 2012       Strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach  The Marine Clerks Office Clerical Unit (OCU) ended contract negotiations yesterday over a new labor contract.  They have put up pickets at several terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Other longshore bargaining units refuse to cross the lines and… Continue Reading

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F.H. Kaysing will be closed Thursday, November 22

Wednesday, November 21, 2012       F.H. Kaysing will be closed Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will be open for normal business hours on Friday, November 23     Patty Crawshaw will be on call on Thursday, November 22, and may be reached at:   pcrawshaw@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 992-3912 Fax (316) 239-7250   **Friday,… Continue Reading

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Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

Friday, October 26, 2012    Panama Trade Promotion Agreement   The Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) will go into effect October 31, 2012. On that date Panama will no longer be eligible for Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits, Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) benefits and Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) benefits. Panama… Continue Reading

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POTENTIAL LONGSHOREMEN STRIKE

Tuesday, September 11, 2012    POTENTIAL LONGSHOREMEN STRIKE   On September 30, 2012, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) labor contract is set to expire. The ILA is currently negotiating with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) to reach an agreement to avoid a potential strike. If talks breakdown, a work stoppage could occur at the East… Continue Reading

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SPONSORED TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

Friday, August 31, 2012     TRAINING OPPORTUNITY SPONSORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER OF NORTH TEXAS GLOBAL MARKET SERIES/IMPORT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The International Trade Center, Small Business Development Center, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, will host the Global Market Series – Import Certificate Program to be held on… Continue Reading

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Update of FHK W-9 Form

Monday, August 27, 2012   Update of FHK W-9 Form   FHK has a new W-9 form, effective August 20, 2012.   This form is available for your records by e-mailing your request to Connie Murray at   cmurray@fhkaysing.com Continue Reading

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Unreferenced U.S. Treasury Checks

Tuesday, August 21, 2012   Unreferenced U.S. Treasury Checks     Please be aware that U.S. Treasury checks dated between July 30 and August 8, 2012 may have been distributed without the accompanying information that details the reason for the payment. If you received a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) refund check (i.e. shown with… Continue Reading

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Update for Retroactive Merchandise Processing Fee

Friday, August 17, 2012         Update to Payment of Retroactive Merchandise Processing Fee Increase for Reconciliation Entries     U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted a Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) message that provides further guidance regarding the payment of the retroactive merchandise processing fee for reconciliation entries.  Please refer to CSMS… Continue Reading

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Traffic Mitigation Fee Increase at Los Angeles and Long Beach

Thursday, July 19, 2012                 Increase in Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach   The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators announced there will be a 2.5% increase in the TMF. The increase will take effect on August 1, 2012. The TMF will be increased… Continue Reading

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Retroactive Fee for Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

Thursday, July 19, 2012                 Retroactive Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) Payment for Reconciliation Entries Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach   Entries flagged for reconciliation shall pay the MPF via the reconciliation entry. CBP will not issue a bill for the retroactive increase. It is the importer’s responsibility to… Continue Reading

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Finalized Transfer of Ownership of F. H. Kaysing Company

Friday, June 8, 2012   Greetings, Before sharing the news, I want to thank all of you for the caring and support provided through this last year and to let you know how appreciative I am of the trust you placed in me to carry on as your service provider. Many people have asked how things… Continue Reading

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Briefing to be Presented in Wichita and Kansas City

Friday, June 8, 2012   Trade Advocacy Briefing to be Presented in Wichita and Kansas City U.S. Customs: What They Are Talking About in DC & Why It Matters to You    Key Topics to be Addressed What’s happening at U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) What you should be paying attention to What it means… Continue Reading

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ACE Simplified Entry

Tuesday, June 5, 2012   ACE Simplified Entry  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proud to announce the delivery of the first phase of Cargo Release, known as Simplified Entry, in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). CBP has received the first Simplified Entry filings at each of the three pilot ports of Indianapolis, Chicago and… Continue Reading

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Aluminum Antidumping and Countervailing Duties for China

Wednesday, May 16, 2012   Aluminum Parts May be Subject to Antidumping and Countervailing Duties  The Commerce Department has issued Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) orders for certain aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China.   Merchandise covered by these orders is certain aluminum extrusions which are produced and imported in a wide variety… Continue Reading

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F. H. Kaysing Company Participates in Pilot with Descartes

Tuesday, May 08, 2012     F. H. Kaysing Company Successfully Participates in U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Simplified Entry Pilot with Descartes Descartes’ Customs & Regulatory Compliance Suite Helps Streamline F.H. Kaysing’s Import Filing Process Waterloo, ON – May 7, 2012 – Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce,… Continue Reading

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Update to New ISO Security Seal Standard

Thursday, February 16, 2012     Update to New ISO Security Seal Standard The new mechanical seal security standard (ISO 17712:2010) that was to take effect March 1, 2012, has been delayed.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has advised C-TPAT partners that the tamper evidence element of the requirements (Clause 6) cannot be met.   To date, no accredited… Continue Reading

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New ISO Security Seals Standards

Tuesday, February 7, 2012     New ISO Security Seals Standards The current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO/PAS 17712) will be replaced with a new ISO standard–ISO 17712:2010.  The effective date of this change is March 1, 2012.  After companies have exhausted their current stock of high security seals, it is recommended they purchase seals which… Continue Reading

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Potential Internet Security Threats

Wednesday, December 7, 2011     Potential Internet Security Threats Per Automated Export System (AES) Broadcast #2011059, the U.S Bureau of Census Computer Incident Response Team (BOC CIRT) has received alerts regarding malicious e-mail messages purporting to be from well known companies in the international trade community. These messages target computer users involved with export compliance… Continue Reading

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Cargo Crime Increases Over Holidays

Monday, November 28, 2011     Cargo Crime Increases Over Holidays  According to FreightWatch, a logistics security service, cargo crimes increase over holidays. Long holidays provide criminals with excellent opportunities to target and steal goods before the product is discovered missing. Holiday weekends are notorious for high volumes of cargo theft, especially at terminal and drop… Continue Reading

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Explosive Containers

Friday, November 4, 2011     Explosive Containers     Multiple refrigerated containers processed in the port of Kat Lai,Vietnam have exploded and killed three dockworkers in Vietnam and Brazil. It is speculated that contaminated gas in the container’s cooling units caused the explosions. MSNBC reports that approximately 8,000 of these containers could be in circulation.… Continue Reading

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Increase in Merchandise Processing Fee

Thursday, November 3, 2011     Increase in Merchandise Processing Fee U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced their automated system will be ready to accept the new rate for the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) beginning November 5, 2011. The announcement was made via CSMS 11-000274.  Message The increase to the MPF from 0.21% to… Continue Reading

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President Signs Three New Free Trade Agreements and a Bill

Wednesday, October 26, 2011   President Signs Three New Free Trade Agreements and a Bill to Increase the Merchandise Processing Fee and Renew the Generalized System of Preferences       On October 21st the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia were signed into law in the United States. The three partner… Continue Reading

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ORDERS FOR BALL BEARINGS FROM FRANCE, GERMANY AND ITALY

Thursday, September 15, 2011     REVOCATION OF ANTIDUMPING ORDERS FOR BALL BEARINGS FROM FRANCE, GERMANY AND ITALY     In today’s Federal Register the Department of Commerce (DOC) published notice of revocation of antidumping duty orders for ball bearings and parts thereof from France (A-427-801), Germany (A-428-801) and Italy (A-475-801) effective September 15, 2011. DOC… Continue Reading

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CBP Discontinues Mailing Courtesy Liquidation Notices

Wednesday, August 17, 2011     CBP Issues Final Rule to Discontinue Mailing Courtesy Liquidation Notices   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will discontinue mailing liquidation notices to importers of record whose entries are electronically filed via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).   All ABI filers will receive electronic notices and all importers of record with… Continue Reading

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Modification to Post Entry Amendment Process

Tuesday, June 28, 2011       Modification to Post Entry Amendment Process   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing that post entry amendments (PEAs) will no longer be accepted for type 01 and 03 entry summaries that were filed using the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  PEA procedures… Continue Reading

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Certain Orders Revoked on Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip

Wednesday, July 20, 2011     USITC Revokes Certain Antidumping Orders on Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip   On July 8, 2011 the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) determined to revoke the existing antidumping duty (ADD) orders on stainless steel sheet and strip from Germany (A-428-825), Italy (A-475-824) and Mexico (A-201-822). The revocations were made during… Continue Reading

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Revocation for Ball Bearings from Japan and United Kingdom

Friday, July 15, 2011     Revocation of Antidumping Duty Orders for Ball Bearings from Japan and United Kingdom     The Department of Commerce (DOC) is revoking antidumping orders A-588-804 (Japan) and A-412-801 (United Kingdom) for all ball bearings and parts thereof.  Pursuant to five-year sunset reviews, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that… Continue Reading

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Concerns about Medical Devices and Components from Japan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011   Concerns about Medical Devices and Components Imported from Japan     The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expressed concern that the earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011, may possibly affect Japan’s manufacturing integrity of medical devices, electronic products and device components intended for the U.S.… Continue Reading

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F.H. Kaysing Company Owner Killed in a Car Accident

Tuesday, July 5, 2011   We want to let you know that the owner of F.H. Kaysing Company, Ron Hodge, was tragically killed in a car accident west of Goddard, KS on Monday, May 23rd 2011. While we are deeply saddened by this tragic news we want to assure you that the excellent customer service you’ve… Continue Reading

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F.H. Kaysing will be closed Monday, July 4th

Friday, July 1, 2011   Please note that Chris’ Fax number is (316)239-7262 F.H. Kaysing will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.       Abbie Booth, LCB, will be on call Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 3rd and may be reached at: abooth@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 641-7718 Fax (316) 239-7282     Chris LaVenture,… Continue Reading

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Revisions to the 2011 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011         Revisions to the 2011 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S.  (HTSUS)     Changes to the HTSUS have been posted to the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) website and will become effective July 1, 2011.   Statistical changes (9th and 10th digits) have been made to HTS numbers in the… Continue Reading

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Harmonized Tariff Schedule Changes for 2012

Friday, June 17, 2011     Harmonized Tariff Schedule Changes for 2012 The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its final report regarding the proposed 2012 World Customs Organization’s recommended modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.   The changes are scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2012.  The final report contains 204 changes… Continue Reading

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FHK is a solid entity

Monday, June 6, 2011   Greetings, I want to begin by thanking you for the care and support you’ve provided during this difficult time. We always knew Ron was well-regarded within the business community, but the outpouring of cards, letters, phone calls and flowers has been truly heartwarming and remarkable. I also want to address any… Continue Reading

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Owner of F.H. Kaysing passed away on Monday, May 23

Friday, May 27, 2011 IN LOVING MEMORY  Ronald Ray Hodge, 59,  Owner of F.H. Kaysing Co.,  passed away on Monday, May 23, as the result of an automobile accident. Visitation will be Monday, May 30th from 6-8 p.m., with the family present at Wulf-Ast Mortuary Chapel, Garden Plain. Memorial Service will be Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00… Continue Reading

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Owner of F.H. Kaysing Company Killed in Car Accident

Tuesday, May 24, 2011     We want to let you know that the owner of F.H. Kaysing Company, Ron Hodge, was tragically killed in a car accident west of Goddard, KS last evening. While we are deeply saddened by this tragic news we want to assure you that the excellent customer service you’ve come to know will… Continue Reading

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Planned maintenance update for the ABI system

Thursday, May 12, 2011   Notice A planned maintenance update for the ABI system has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th between the hours of 7:00 a.m. until noon.  Please note there will be a brief interruption of entry processing during that time frame but all other functions will be available.  If you have any questions,… Continue Reading

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Preliminary Investigation of Certain Steel Wheels from China

Tuesday, April 5, 2011     Preliminary AD/CVD Investigation of Certain  Steel Wheels from China The International Trade Commission (ITC) is commencing a preliminary antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigation to determine if there is material injury to an industry in the United States from imports of certain steel wheels from China.  The wheels are… Continue Reading

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Import Compliance Management Seminar April 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011     Import Compliance Management Seminar Event:              Import Compliance Management Seminar Presented by:  FHK Consulting Team Kerry Layton and Michael O’Neill When:              Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM   Where:             Corporate Caterers 2949 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100 Wichita, KS   Being competitive in a global economy means understanding… Continue Reading

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Import Compliance Management Seminar 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011   Save the Date Event:              Import Compliance Management Seminar   Presented by:  FHK Consulting Team Kerry Layton and Michael O’Neill When:              Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM   Where:             Corporate Caterers 2949 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 100 Wichita, KS   Being competitive in a global economy means understanding the international… Continue Reading

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Free and Fair Trade Act Includes GSP and ATPDEA Provisions

Wednesday, March 9, 2011   Free and Fair Trade Act Includes GSP and ATPDEA Provisions     An Act that was recently introduced in both the House and Senate contains provisions to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Andean Trade Preferences Act/Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).  The Free and Fair Trade… Continue Reading

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GSP Renewal Uncertain

Tuesday, March 1, 2011   GSP Renewal Uncertain   It is uncertain if the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program will be renewed by the 112th Congress due to the House cut-as-you-go (CUTGO) requirement and the likelihood of delays in the Senate. Businesses that depend on GSP duty rates may want to contact their Senator or House… Continue Reading

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Client Regulatory Compliance Consulting Services

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 Client Regulatory Compliance Consulting Services   In addition to the Customs clearance and related logistics coordination services, F. H. Kaysing Company can support your firm’s efforts to address Customs compliance responsibilities with consulting services through our Trade Compliance Team. Our services include:   – Harmonized Tariff Classification Database Development   – Schedule B Statistical Commodity Classification… Continue Reading

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EPA Introduces Chemical Information Web-Tool

Thursday, January 6, 2011                   EPA Introduces Chemical Information Web-Tool The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available a new web-based tool to provide access to health and safety data that has been submitted to the Agency under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  Under TSCA, companies are required to submit studies to… Continue Reading

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Harmonized Tariff Schedule Changes for 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011       Harmonized Tariff Schedule Changes for 2011 Several changes have been made to the 2011 HTSUS that affect both HTS numbers and some of the General Notes (special trade programs and free trade agreements).  The changes were effective January 1, 2011. The International Trade Commission has published the 2011 change record… Continue Reading

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GSP to Expire

Monday, December 27, 2010       GSP to Expire The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) extensions were removed from the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010 before Congress adjourned on December 22.  All beneficiary countries except the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) countries will lose GSP benefits when the program expires after midnight, December 31,… Continue Reading

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Enforcement to Reduce Circumvention of Orders

Thursday, November 18, 2010     Enforcement to Reduce Circumvention of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders   Legislation was recently introduced in the Senate to give the Department of Commerce (DOC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) more authority and resources to investigate and prevent evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty laws.  Bill S.3725, “Enforcing… Continue Reading

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GSP and ATPDEA Will Expire Dec. 31st Unless Extended

Wednesday, November 17, 2010   GSP and ATPDEA Will Expire Dec. 31st Unless Extended   As year-end approaches, the Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP) for beneficiary countries,  excluding  African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) countries, are set to expire December 31, 2010, unless Congress enacts a law to extend benefits.   Also, the benefits for Colombia,… Continue Reading

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The addition of Michael O’Neill to the F.H. Kaysing Firm

Thursday, November 4, 2010   We are proud to announce the addition of Michael O’Neill to the F.H. Kaysing firm.  Michael has been hired to expand FHK’s marketing and consulting services. During the 35 years of working in the international trade field, Michael O’Neill has served in a variety of trade support roles.  Through Michael’s role… Continue Reading

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ADD-CVD Review Request

Tuesday, November 2, 2010   ADD/CVD Review Request The International Trade Administration (ITA) has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting interested parties to request the ITA to conduct an administrative review of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders/findings/suspended investigations listed below.  Requests must be received by November 30, 2010.  The Federal Register notice may… Continue Reading

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Free Webinar: Navigating ACE

Friday, October 29, 2010 Free Webinar: Navigating ACE   CBP is offering a free webinar for importers and brokers titled “Navigating ACE: How to Get the Most out of Your Portal Account”.  This webinar will provide a walk-through of the available ACE capabilities for each account section; including statements, bonds, references and tips to effectively manage… Continue Reading

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Final Rule Approved on CPSIA Definition of Children’s Products

Wednesday, October 13, 2010   Final Rule Approved on CPSIA Definition of Children’s Products                                           In a vote of 3 – 2,  the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a final interpretive rule defining the term “children’s products” as used in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSCIA).   The finalized version makes six… Continue Reading

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CBP Places More Emphasis on Invoice Descriptions and Value

Tuesday, October 12, 2010   CBP Places More Emphasis on Invoice Descriptions and Value                                           New compliance measurement guidelines and the most recent ACE updates have created more entry summary reviews by import specialists.  This has resulted in an increased number of requests for information (CBP Form 28) being issued for more complete descriptions of merchandise… Continue Reading

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Mexico Modifies List of U.S. Products Subject to Tariffs

Friday, September 24, 2010   Mexico Modifies List of U.S. Products Subject to Retaliatory Tariffs                                           Mexican authorities modified the list of U.S. origin products subject to increased tariff rates in retaliation of the U.S.-Mexico cross-border truck dispute.  The list was recently published in the Dario Oficial (Mexico’s version of the Federal Register). Attached is… Continue Reading

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Confusion Concerning CBP Forms 28 and 29

Monday, September 20, 2010   Confusion Concerning CBP Forms 28 and 29 for Prior Disclosure Purposes                                          In February of this year the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking for clarification of the agency’s use of CBP Forms 28 (Request for Information) and 29 (Notice… Continue Reading

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EPA Works with CPSC Concerning Risks of Cadmium

Friday, September 17, 2010                                             EPA Works with CPSC Concerning Risks of Cadmium The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a request under section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require producers, importers and processors of cadmium and cadmium compounds that are likely to be incorporated into consumer products to furnish… Continue Reading

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Chassis Charges

Thursday, September 16, 2010                                                          Chassis Charges With reference to our Trade Alert dated August 31, 2010, “Ocean Carriers Stop Providing Chassis in U.S.”, we have attached a list of charges published by one of the ocean carriers, CMA CGM.  As more information becomes available we will forward it via our Trade Alert system.… Continue Reading

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL COMPLIANCE?

Friday, September 3, 2010                                                      WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL COMPLIANCE AND HAVE FUN TOO? We’ve got just the thing for you….! FHK has been a participating member of International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA) since 2006 and have attended several conferences, the last one being the 2010 conference in Orlando, FL in March.  We… Continue Reading

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F.H. Kaysing will be closed Monday, September 6th

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 F.H. Kaysing will be closed Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day.     Abbie Booth, LCB, will be on call and may be reached at: abooth@fhkaysing.com Cell (316) 641-7718 Fax (316) 239-7282 Continue Reading

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Ocean Carriers Stop Providing Chassis in U.S.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Ocean Carriers Stop Providing Chassis in U.S. More and more ocean carriers are announcing they will no longer be providing chassis to port truckers in order to remove inefficiencies reduce environmental impact and improve supply chain.  CMA CGM, NYK, COSCO and OOCL are among carriers that are phasing out this service… Continue Reading

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Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010 Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 temporarily modifies rates of duty for certain goods entered on or after August 26, 2010.  These changes are found in Subchapter II of Chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).  Goods listed in Title I… Continue Reading

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FHK “On The Road To Compliance” conference

Wednesday, August 12, 2010 Welcome to the next FHK “On The Road To Compliance” conference! Geared toward learning more about IMMEX Maquiladora Manufacturing and Export Services, you will have the opportunity to interact with our guest speaker in an informal setting and then join in on the round table discussion in the afternoon.  Seating is… Continue Reading

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Ships’ Collision Closes Nehru Port at Mumbai

Wednesday, August 9, 2010   Ships’ Collision Closes Nehru Port at Mumbai Please follow the link below for more information.    http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=64476   Continue Reading

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PREDICT Possible Mandatory Affirmation of Compliance Codes

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 FDA: PREDICT and Possible Mandatory Affirmation of Compliance Codes In a recent webinar presented by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA officials noted that the rollout of PREDICT (Predictive Risk-Based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance) is presently on hold.  PREDICT is the new risk-based screening system for imports that will replace… Continue Reading

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Port of Montreal Lockout and Impact on ISF

Thursday, July 22, 2010   Port of Montreal Lockout and Impact on ISF   Commercial operations at the Port of Montreal came to a halt Monday morning after the Maritime Employers Association locked out 850 longshoremen due to an ongoing labor dispute involving income security.  There will be no commercial activity at the port until… Continue Reading

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Revisions to Foreign Manufacturer Legal Accountability Act

Friday, July 16, 2010 Revisions to H.R. 4678, Foreign Manufacturer Legal Accountability Act According to the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), there is discussion to revise H.R. 4678 that would require foreign manufacturers of certain products to register an agent in the U.S. to accept service of process on their behalf for state… Continue Reading

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Modifications to GSP

Tuesday, July 06, 2010   MODIFICATIONS TO GSP Download attatchments here: GSP and Press Proc 070210 . As of July 1, 2010, General Note 4 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) affecting the duty-free treatment of certain articles under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) has been changed.  The following product/country combinations are no longer eligible… Continue Reading

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Ports of LA and LB Open Despite Office Workers’ Strike

Friday, July 2, 2010   PORTS OF LA AND LB OPEN DESPITE OFFICE WORKERS’ STRIKE   According to an article in today’s Journal of Commerce, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are open for business despite a strike by clerical office workers.  Longshoremen refused to cross the office workers’ picket lines, but an arbitrator… Continue Reading

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Prohibition of Merchandise Subject to AD/CVD in Subzones

 Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Foreign Trade Zone Board Recommends Prohibition of Merchandise Subject To AD/CVD in Proposed Subzones   The FTZB released preliminary staff recommendations for two export-only subzone applications that would prohibit admission of foreign status to silicon metal subject to AD/CVD cases.  According to the FTZB, allowing access to foreign-origin silicon metal without the payment of… Continue Reading

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Closed in Observance of Independence Day

June 29, 2010 F.H. Kaysing Company will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. Chris LaVenture, LCB will be on call and may be reached at: claventure@fhkaysing.com Fax (316) 239-7212 Cell (316) 992-3912 Additional (316) 260-8478 Continue Reading

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Revocation Ruling Relating to Certain Mass Flow Controllers

 Wednesday May 26, 2010 REVOCATION OF CLASSIFICATION RULING RELATING TO CERTAIN MASS FLOW CONTROLLERS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is revoking a ruling letter (NY R01762, dated 4/26/05) relating to the tariff classification of certain mass flow controllers.  CBP is also revoking any treatment previously accorded by it to substantially identical transactions.    The classification is… Continue Reading

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Grace Period for Reporting Lacey Act Declaration

 Thursday May 13, 2010 Grace Period for Reporting Units of Measure on Lacey Act Declaration   Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) sources have announced the agency is granting a two-month grace period regarding the change for reporting quantities on the Plant and Plant Product Declaration (PPQ Form 505).   Beginning May 1, 2010, APHIS required that… Continue Reading

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Updated Lacey Act Primer

 Thursday, May 6, 2010 Updated Lacey Act Primer The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an April 2010 version of its Lacey Act Primer.  A new issue addressed in the updated primer is how to complete the PPQ Form 505 for goods manufactured before the Lacey Act Amendments took effect (prior to May… Continue Reading

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FHK’s “On the Road with Compliance with C-TPAT” conference

Wednesday, April 28,  2010           Don’t delay in registering for FHK’s “On the Road to Compliance with C-TPAT” conference.    Registrations will not be accepted after Monday, May 3rd. This is a rare opportunity for both C-TPAT partners and non-partners to ask questions and discuss issues with a CBP official, Diana Lieber, C-TPAT… Continue Reading

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CBP “10+2” Outreach

Monday, April 26,  2010 CBP “10+2” Outreach     CBP is hosting a series of live webinars via the Internet to provide the trade community with an opportunity to learn more about the ISF/”10+2” final rule.  These one-hour webinars are geared mainly toward small and medium-sized importers who have limited familiarity with the program and to provide… Continue Reading

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On the Road to Compliance with C-TPAT

Friday, April 16,  2010 F. H. Kaysing Company is pleased to announce a seminar entitled, “On The Road To Compliance with C-TPAT”.  A round-table discussion will follow in the afternoon with the speakers.   Please see attachment for more information and how to register.   WHO:  FH Kaysing Company is  pleased  to invite you  to attend  their next Conference with guest speaker Diana Lieber,… Continue Reading

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CBP Forms 28, 29 & 4647 Not Posting to Importer’s ACE Portal

Thursday, April 8,  2010 CBP Forms 28, 29 & 4647 Not Posting to Importer’s ACE Portal U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a CSMS message stating they are aware that CBP Forms 28, 29 and 4647 created in ACE for ACS entry summaries are NOT being posted to the importer’s ACE portal.  Forms created in ACE for ACE entry… Continue Reading

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Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act

Monday, March 29, 2010 Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act A bill has been introduced into Congress which would require foreign manufacturers of imported products to establish registered agents in the United States who are authorized to accept service of process against such manufacturers for the purpose of any civil or regulatory actions in State and Federal… Continue Reading

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Lacey Act Phase IV Enforcement Beings April 1st

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Lacey Act Phase IV Enforcement Beings April 1st On April 1, 2010, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is scheduled to implement Phase IV enforcement of the declaration requirement for imported plants and plant products.   Phase IV expands the articles requiring an import declaration, PPQ Form 505, to include portions of… Continue Reading

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In-Bond Program

Friday, March 19, 2010      In-Bond Program Background: General In-Bond Process An in-bond entry occurs when an importer brings an item through one port; however, the item generally does not officially enter U.S. commerce until it reaches the intended port of destination. An in-bond also allows foreign merchandise arriving at one U.S. port to be… Continue Reading

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New Customs 2010 Targeting Agenda

Thursday, March 18, 2010   New Customs 2010 Targeting Agenda Free trade agreements (FTA), GSP, NAFTA and Chapter 98 declarations will be under intensive observation by Customs. Customs also will step up the implementation of Quick Response Audits (QRA). Importers should ensure that there is correct documented proof to support any of these claims. Additionally,… Continue Reading

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CBP Proposes to Discontinue Paper Notices of Liquidation

Monday, March 15, 2010 CBP Proposes to Discontinue Mailing Paper Courtesy Notices of Liquidation   Please read  Attachment 2010-05635_PI  for full article Continue Reading

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COAC Raises Concern Regarding ISF Enforcement

Monday, March 8, 2010 COAC Raises Concern Regarding ISF Enforcement   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Port of Dallas/Fort Worth, issued a public information notice outlining Importer Security Filing (ISF) enforcement that contains language which concerns members of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC). According to the notice; in… Continue Reading

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Opportunity to Request AD/CVD Administrative Reviews

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST AD/CVD ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEWS The International Trade Administration (ITA) has issued a notice announcing the opportunity for interested parties to request administrative reviews for the following antidumping and countervailing duty cases.  Requests must be received by March 1, 2010.  The complete ITA notice may be found at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-2061.pdf   Antidumping Duty Proceedings                      Period… Continue Reading

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Six Year Statute of Limitations for ISF Liquidated Damages

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Six Year Statute of Limitations for ISF Liquidated Damages Customs and Border Protection has updated its “10 + 2” frequently asked questions document to include a question regarding the statute of limitations for ISF violations (question 16 under BONDS).    Q:   What is the statute of limitations for liquidated damages for ISF violations?  Will CBP… Continue Reading

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Request for Proposals to Amend the Harmonized System

Monday, February 8, 2010 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM The International Trade Commission (ITC) is requesting proposals from interested parties for changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, informally known as the Harmonized System (HS).  The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2010. The HS Nomenclature is maintained by the World Customs… Continue Reading

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Proposed Duty Elimination for Certain Canadian Goods

Friday, February 5, 2010 PROPOSED DUTY ELIMINATION FOR CERTAIN CANADIAN GOODS   Canada’s Department of Finance has proposed to eliminate duties for their Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) tariff rates on goods used in the production of other goods and machinery and equipment.   The intention is to support Canadian businesses facing economic challenges as a result of the global economic… Continue Reading

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NAFTA Certificates of Origin for Domestic Transations

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 NAFTA CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN FOR DOMESTIC TRANSACTIONS   Frequently, U.S. distributors (not manufacturers/producers) who are selling NAFTA qualifying products to domestic parties are being asked to certify and provide certificates of origin to their U.S. purchasers to use when exporting the goods to Canada/ Mexico.   This is a misuse of the NAFTA certificate.  NAFTA… Continue Reading

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CBP Discloses ISF Enforcement Strategy

Monday, February 1, 2010 CBP Discloses ISF Enforcement Strategy The enforcement date and bond requirements for Importer Security Filing (ISF) began January 26, 2010.  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently conveyed details about their enforcement strategy.  They intend to use a “graduated” enforcement approach which they have used in some previous roll-out programs.   CBP will not issue an official… Continue Reading

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Requesting Confidential Treatment of Manifest Information

Monday, January 25, 2010   Requesting Confidential Treatment of Vessel Manifest Information 19 CFR 103.31(a) allows certain information on inward and outward vessel manifests  to be examined, copied and published by accredited representatives of the press, i.e., newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications.  Information that is made available includes importer and/or shipper names and addresses,… Continue Reading

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CBP to Terminate the Land Border Carrier Initiative Program

Tuesday, January 12, 2010   CBP Proposes to Terminate the Land Border Carrier Initiative Program Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in Customs Bulletins and Decisions, Vol. 44, No. 2, January 7, 2010, to change CBP regulations by removing  19 CFR 123.71 – 76 and amending  19 CFR 142.41 and 142.47 pertaining to the Land… Continue Reading

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Census Lists HTS Numbers that are Invalid for Use in AES

Monday, January 11, 2010     Census Lists HTS Numbers that are Invalid for Use in AES   The Census Bureau periodically posts a list of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers that are invalid for use in the Automated Export System (AES). The list dated January 1, 2010, contains 182 HTS numbers and is unchanged… Continue Reading

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C-TPAT: Is Becoming a Member Worth It?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 C-TPAT:  Is Becoming a Member Worth It?   C-TPAT is an initiative between government and business to protect global commerce from terrorism and expedite the movement of legitimate trade.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) works with willing members of the trade community to secure the international supply chain.  The goal is for C-TPAT… Continue Reading

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CBP Revocations/ Modifications of Rulings and Treatment

December 16, 2009 CBP Proposes Revocations/Modifications of Rulings and Treatment CBP intends to revoke/modify rulings involving tariff classification for nine items and NAFTA eligibility and marking for one item.   They are inviting comments on the correctness of the proposed actions.  Comments must be received on or before January 11, 2010. §  Plastic Placemats §  Pressure-Mounted Safety Gates §  Mass Flow… Continue Reading

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Notice of New Taxpayer Identification Number Action Required

December 3, 2009.   NOTICE OF NEW TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ACTION REQUIRED   Please note that effective January 1, 2010, the new Taxpayer ID number for F. H. Kaysing Co., LLC will go into effect. Please contact us at 316.721.8980 for further information Continue Reading

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(HTSUS) Classification Workshop

Wednesday, December 2, 2009   Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTSUS) Classification Workshop January 27, 2009 & January 28, 2009 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. – Workshop The Kauffman Foundation 4801 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110 See Attached for more Details Continue Reading

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CBP Proposes Changing Sampling Methods and Payments

Tuesday, November 17, 2009   CBP Proposes Rule Changes to Sampling Methods and Offsetting of Payments in Audits and Prior Disclosure Cases   U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing to amend regulations to provide further guidance for the use of statistical sampling methods in CBP audits and prior disclosure cases, and to utilize off-setting… Continue Reading

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Courtesy Notices of Liquidation

Thursday, October 29, 2009   Courtesy Notices of Liquidation Customs and Border Protection is looking into making necessary regulatory changes associated with eliminating the printing and mailing of courtesy notices of liquidation for ABI filers.  Under this scenario, ABI filers would continue to receive electronic courtesy notices.  In addition, the official bulletin notices of liquidation will… Continue Reading

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Kerry Layton

Friday, October 09, 2009     F. H. Kaysing Company is proud to announce the recent hiring of Kerry Layton, formerly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for 20 years.  Eleven of those years she worked as an Import Specialist Team Leader, most recently at the Port of Kansas City, MO.  Her areas of… Continue Reading

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NAFTA Specific Rules of Origin Updated

Tuesday, October 6, 2009   NAFTA Specific Rules of Origin Updated to Comply with the Post-2006 HTSUSA; Implementation of the NAFTA Track III Liberalizations The NAFTA specific rules of origin (SROs) have been modified to reflect Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUSA) changes first incorporated into the HTSUSA on February 3, 2007.  The origination… Continue Reading

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More Information about CBP Initiatives

In response to an overwhelming number of requests for more information about some of the new CBP initiatives, F. H. Kaysing Company is pleased to announce a seminar entitled, “On The Road To Compliance with ISF, Lacey Act and ACE”.  A panel discussion will follow in the afternoon featuring Ron Hodge and Jeanie Metzen in addition… Continue Reading

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Real ID of 2005

Wednesday, September 30, 2009     REARING AND EMPOWERING AMERICA FOR LONGEVITY AGAINST ACTS OF INTERNATIONAL DESTRUCTION ACT OF 2005 (REAL ID)   A final rule, effective September 28, 2009, has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security allowing States additional time to request a second extension of the date when States must comply… Continue Reading

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Customs Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Reauthorization

Tuesday, September 22, 2009   The “Customs Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Reauthorization Act of 2009” was introduced on August 6, 2009 and contains numerous changes effecting trade:   In-Bond Movements   Importer of Record Program   Drawback   Penalties for Customs Brokers   Amends 9801.00.20, 9801.0040, and  9802.00.50 for Previously Imported Goods   Section 321(a)(2)(C)… Continue Reading

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Market Disruption from Certain Vehicles from China

Tuesday, September 15, 2009   PROCLAMATION RELEASED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY OF THE UNITED STATES: TO ADDRESS MARKET DISRUPTION FROM IMPORTS OF CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLE AND LIGHT TRUCK TIRES FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA  On July 9, 2009, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) transmitted to President Obama a report… Continue Reading

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Airline Pilots Association Asks for Temporary Ban

Tuesday, September 15, 2009    The Airline Pilots Association is calling for a temporary ban on battery shipments on airliners.  ALPA is seeking to prohibit lithium battery shipments as cargo until safety regulations are in place. Please follow the link provided below for more information: http://www.alpa.org/Portals/Alpa/PressRoom/PressReleases/2009/8-25-09_09.065.htm Continue Reading

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FHK is Now Ace Esar Certified

Wednesday, September 02, 2009     FHK IS NOW ACE ESAR CERTIFIED!   The Entry Summary, Accounts and Revenue (ESAR) features will enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the trade community to interact electronically through Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  As these enhanced capabilities unfold, CBP cargo processes will change dramatically and FHK is dedicated… Continue Reading

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Aphis Enforcement Phase-In Schedule on Lacey Act Declaration

Tuesday, September 01, 2009     APHIS REVISES ENFORCEMENT PHASE-IN SCHEDULE ON LACEY ACT DECLARATION For more information, please follow the link below: http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-21216_PI.pdf Continue Reading

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CBP’s First Sale Declaration Requirement Expires

Tuesday, August 25, 2009       CBP’s FIRST SALE DECLARATION REQUIREMENT EXPIRES   The grace period granted to importers with regard to the implementation of the First Sale Declaration Requirement established under section 15422(a) in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill”, expired on August 19,… Continue Reading

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Merchandise Processing Fee and Duty Preference Programs

Friday, August 21, 2009   Guidance:Merchandise Processing Fee and Duty Preference Programs Download Attatchment: Here Continue Reading

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Free ISF Webinar

Wednesday, August 05, 2009   You are invited to join FHK and participate in a free ISF Webinar hosted by American Shipper on Tuesday, August 25th at 1:00 p.m. CST. A discussion panel, moderated by American Shipper’s Associate Editor, Eric Kulisch will assist importers in understanding Importer Security Filing regulations and answer questions you may have regarding ISF. Panelists… Continue Reading

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H.R. 947

Tuesday, July 28, 2009   H.R. 947 Title:  To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish and collect a fee based on the fair market value of articles imported into the United States and articles exported from the United States in commerce and to use amounts collected from the fee to make grants to carry… Continue Reading

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Guidlines for Liquidated Damages for Non-compliance

Thursday, July 23, 2009 Download Attachment.    Guidelines on claims for Liquidated Damages for non-compliance on ISF filings. Continue Reading

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WTO Major HTS Commodity Change in 2012

Wednesday, July 22, 2009     WTO Major HTS Commodity Change in 2012. http://www.wcoomd.org/files/1. Public files/PDFandDocuments/HarmonizedSystem/HS2012_SH2012.pdf Continue Reading

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Update on Lacey Act Clarifications

Tuesday, July 21, 2009      Update on Lacey Act Clarifications http://www.troutmansandersnews.com/marcom/news/TS-Intl_Trade_2009-07-17.pdf Continue Reading

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New EPA Rules for 23 Chemical Substances

Wednesday, June 24, 2009   NEW USE RULES ISSUED BY EPA FOR 23 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES.  Please follow the link provided below to view the complete final rule.   http://www.strtrade.com/wti/2009/june/24/epa_new_use.pdf Continue Reading

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Six Months Down, Six to Go

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Download: Free Webinar Flyer       Importer Security Filing (ISF) – Six Months Down, Six to Go   The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) will present a FREE webinar outlining the ISF program for small-to-medium sized businesses that may require guidance to be prepared for the January… Continue Reading

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Suspend Brazil GSP Act

Tuesday, June 16, 2009     SUSPEND BRAZIL GSP ACT H.R. 2702   The proposed GSP suspension from Brazil is another bill that may have an impact on the bottom line of U.S. businesses.   A bill to suspend the application of Generalized System of Preferences for Brazil has been introduced and forwarded to the… Continue Reading

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Food Safety Bill

June 12, 2009 Download: Importer Copy of Jeremy Wisdom letter Download: Importer Copy of Todd Tiahart letter   A Trade Alert was sent out earlier this week regarding an important issue that may have a profound affect upon your business.  Attached please find sample letters which we request you review and lend your support in the effort… Continue Reading

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Potential Increase of Harbor Maintenance Fee

Wednesday, June 10, 2009   POTENTIAL INCREASE OF HARBOR MAINTENANCE FEE (HMF)   A new House bill entitled Making Opportunity via Efficient and More Effective National Transportation (MOVEMENT) (H.R. 2355) has been introduced which will more than triple the Harbor Maintenance Fee.  HMF (also referred to as Harbor Maintenance Tax or HMT) is currently assessed at 0.125% and will… Continue Reading

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Food Safety Bill

Tuesday, June 9, 2009   REVISED: FOOD SAFETY BILL TARGETS IMPORTERS AND CUSTOMS BROKERS OR FILERS   A discussion draft of a comprehensive bill, called the “Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009” has been posted calling for registration and payment of an annual fee by importers and customs brokers or filers as a precondition to… Continue Reading

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Consumer Protection Safety Commission

Thursday, May 21, 2009   Consumer Protection Safety Commission   For updated information regarding CPSC-CPSIA legislation, please click on the following links:   CPSC Record of Commission Action http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/ASTMF96307.pdf   CPSC ballot sheet for vote by CPSC Commissioners with accompanied staff recommendations http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/ASTMF963-07.pdf   CPSC Record of Commission Action and associated Commissioner statementshttp://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/ballot/ballot09/tracklabelstay.pdf   05/14/09… Continue Reading

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CBP Revision

25 Years in Business!! May 6, 2009 Please follow the link below for information regarding the CBP revision of the Informed Compliance Publication on Base Metal Mountings and Fittings: Informed Compliance Publication on Base Metal Mountings and Fittings Please call us at 316.721.8980 if you have any questions or comments regarding the revised ICP . Continue Reading

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Phase 2 of the Lacey Act

March 26, 2009 Phase II of the Lacey Act enforcement is scheduled to begin April 1, 2009. Attached please find updated instructions for the PPQ Form 505 “Plant and Plant Product Declaration Form” (four pages). The updated instructions pertain to Sections 10, 17, 18 and 19. These updated elements, beginning on the third page of… Continue Reading

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Changes to the Lacy Act

March 6, 2009 On September 25, 2008 FHK sent a Trade Alert with information regarding the Lacey Act. Among other things, this information stated “The Lacey Act now makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any plant, with some limited exceptions, taken in violation of… Continue Reading

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Navigating the Import Compliance Challenges

March 2, 2009 Navigating the Import Compliance Challenges of 2009 Join us on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Wichita Independent Business Association 445 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67202 to learn more about: * – Security Filing/10+2 update * – Lacey Act * – Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act * – What’s New in 2009… Continue Reading

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Vessel Manifests

February 16, 2009 19 CFR 103.31: Information on vessel manifests and summary statistical reports. Manifest data acquired from the Automated Manifest System (AMS) is available to interested members of the public on CD-ROMS. This data, compiled daily, will contain all manifest transactions made on the nationwide system within the last 24 hour period. These CD-ROMS… Continue Reading

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White House rulings

January 28, 2009 Since taking office, President Obama has suspended all proposed and final regulatory laws for all government agencies. A delay in some of the current import regulations may be affected and perhaps repealed by this administration. Instructions by the White House are that any proposed or final ruling that has not been published… Continue Reading

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ISF Begins

January 20, 2009 ISF Filing begins Monday, January 26, 2009! As mentioned in a Trade Alert dated January 9, 2009: “The 10 additional data elements must be provided to CBP by the ISF filer at least 24 hours in advance of cargo lading at foreign port. Importer of record must provide information to ISF filer… Continue Reading

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Importer Security Filing

January 9, 2009 On January 26, 2009 Customs and Border Protection will begin implementing the Importer Security Filing (ISF), also referred to as 10+2, for all containerized ocean freight shipments bound for the United States. The 10 additional data elements must be provided to CBP by the ISF filer at least 24 hours in advance… Continue Reading

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10 + 2 Requirement

November 21, 2008 The 10 + 2 program is expected to be made public through the Federal Register on Monday November 24,2008. Those clients that have imports by ocean must act at once to develop and identify all of the stakeholders (foreign vendors, Customs Broker, and carrier or freight forwarder). This mandate requires a team… Continue Reading

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Ocean Imports

November 21, 2008 The 10 + 2 program is expected to be made public through the Federal Register on Monday November 24,2008. Those clients that have imports by ocean must act at once to develop and identify all of the stakeholders (foreign vendors, Customs Broker, and carrier or freight forwarder). This mandate requires a team… Continue Reading

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CPSC Certification Requirements

November 13, 2008 Trade Alert!!! CPSC Certification Requirements Effective Immediately: http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/cfr111008.pdf http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09042.html http://www.cpsc.gov/cgi-bin/regs.aspx Continue Reading

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Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

October 24, 2008 The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) is increasing the type of products that require testing and based on the testing, a general conformity certificate typically referred as a “supplier’s declaration of conformity” for products manufactured on or before November 12, 2008 will be required. The CPSC has a list… Continue Reading

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CPSC Website Lacey Act Amendment

October 7, 2008 Below is the website of CPSC which is a list of all of the products that are under CPSC jurisdiction that have mandantory requirements for imports. This is the result of the Lacey Act Amendment. http://www.cpsc.gov/cgi-bin/regs.aspx or click HERE. Continue Reading

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Lacy Act involving APHIS

September 30, 2008 CBP Power Point on the amendment to the Lacy Act involving APHIS.   Download PDF       View PDF Continue Reading

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

September 24, 2008 The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will make their decision on the final ruling of 10 + 2.  Since this change will be happening, the opportunities and challenges the industry will be faced with need to be addressed immediately. The Customs House Broker will play a leadership role and help to define how… Continue Reading

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Food Conservation and Energy Act

Monday, May 19, 2008 Trade Alert!!!   On May 19, 2008, H.R. 2419, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (known as the Farm Bill) was signed into law. In H.R. 2419 contains a proposal by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to no longer use the “first sale” in a series of sales as… Continue Reading

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