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Tuesday, November 29, 2016


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 of amendments. Environmental and social issues are a major feature of these amendments, due to the importance of the HS as a global tool for collecting trade statistics and monitoring trade. This is borne out by the fact that the HS Convention currently has 150 Contracting Parties, making it the WCO’s most successful international instrument to date.

The International Trade Commission has asserted that the proposed modifications would ensure substantial duty rate neutrality and have little or no significant economic effect on U.S. industry or labor.

In addition to agricultural and food products, other sections of the tariff affected by these changes include chemical products, plastics and rubber articles, wood and articles of wood, textiles, base metals, machinery and mechanical appliances, and vehicles, aircraft and vessels, as well as other sections.

For more information regarding the 2017 HS Edition, please click on the link provided below:


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 of information associated with FCC Form 740 concerning imported Radio Frequency (RF) devices.

Under this waiver, imports with an arrival date beginning July 1, 2016 will not require the FCC Form 740.  This waiver will remain in effect through December 31, 2016 at which time if the Commission decides to retain the requirement that importers submit some or all of the information previously required on FCC Form 740, it will set forth appropriate revised filing procedures at that time.

This suspension only eliminates the filing requirements; all other requirements related to importation and to compliance with equipment authorization rules for radio frequency equipment continue to apply.

For more information regarding this order:


F H Kaysing 4th of July Closing 2016

4th of July

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:


Cell (316) 641-7718
Fax (316) 239-7261

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Week-end!

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 to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach to LD claims against importers’ bonds will also end. There is no change to cargo holds for ISF non-compliance; ports may hold cargo instead of (or in addition to) initiating LD claims.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may send them to security_filing_general@cbp.dhs.gov

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 non-expired form to D-Trade prior to export, but not later than July 1, 2016. Beginning May 14, 2016 an expired DDTC must be accompanied by an “explicit signed separate letter from the Empowered Official acknowledging they understand the requirement to obtain a new DSP-83 prior to DDTC approval of the case.” If the correct DSP-83 is not uploaded by July 1, 2016, the case will be Returned Without Action.

Beginning May 14, 2016 the DDTC will no longer accept the expired DSP-83 and after July 1, 2016 expired DSP-83 forms will be Returned Without Action.

Click on the following link to read the full notice:


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, we wanted to highlight useful tips and frequently asked questions regarding the Refactored ACE AESDirect application. Keep in mind, that after Friday you will not have access to the Shipment Manager or the resources at aesdirect.census.gov.

1.    If you do not have an ACE account, you can access the ACE Exporter Account at: https://ace.cbp.dhs.gov/acexpub/acexpub_Apps/ExporterAccountApplication/expForm.php

2.    Once you have ACE Exporter Account access, here are the steps to access the Refactored ACE AESDirect:
a.  Use the most recent version of Internet Explorer, version 11, NOT Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
b.  Make sure pop-up blockers are turned OFF
c.  Click on the “Accounts” tab
d.  Under “Select Account Type” choose “Exporter” and then click “Go”
e.  Under “Select Task” click on “Submit AESDirect Filings”
f.  First time to log in the “Terms and Conditions” page will pop up, accept the terms
g.  Every log in, select the green box “Create Export Filing”

3.    Be familiar with the ACE AESDirect User Guide. It details all of the specifics for AESDirect filing including how to log in, create Party Profiles, which fields are mandatory, etc.

4.    Instructions for retrieving and correcting Electronic Export Information (EEI) previously filed in the legacy AESDirect:
a.  Select the ‘Amend AES Filing’ option under the Shipment Manager screen.
b.  Enter the Internal Transaction Number (ITN), Filer ID, and Shipment Reference Number for the shipment you would like to retrieve.
Note: Using the standard search will not show any shipment that was submitted aesdirect.census.gov.

5.    Continue to use Appendix A of the AESTIR for guidance on resolving Fatal error messages.

For further information or questions, contact the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Collection Branch.

Telephone: (800) 549-0595, select option 1 for AES

Email: askaes@census.gov

International Trade Management Division Website

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Labor Walk Off

Friday, January 29, 2016


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 will be undertaken.” Additionally, “Due to the current work stoppage in the port, no new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways. Do not send trucks the Port at this time.”

This is the current information that NCBFAA provided.   Once we receive further updates, we will send a supplemental trade alert.

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 economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in the countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections.  It is envisioned that this is an important step toward the ultimate goal of open trade and regional integration across the region.

TPP unites a diverse group of countries – diverse by geography, language and history, size, and levels of development.  The TPP includes 30 chapters covering trade and trade-related issues such as textiles and apparel, rules of origin, financial services, intellectual property, labor, and environment, to name a few.  Schedules and annexes are attached to the chapters of the Agreement related to goods and services trade, investment, government procurement, and temporary entry of business persons.   For a more inclusive list please click on the following link:




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 activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule, to notify the EPA at least 90 days prior to commencing that activity. This notification will provide the EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.

The 30 substances that are subject to this rule are used in fuel additives, solvent-based paints and inks, coatings, surface active agents, polymers, cleaners, consumer products, sealed batteries, pesticides, hydrofluorocarbons, liquid soaps, reaction processes and industrial adhesives.

These chemical substances must by certified by the Importer that they comply with all applicable rules and orders under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including any significant new use rule requirements.

Additionally, any persons who export or intend to export any of these chemical substances are subject to the export notification provisions of 15 USC 2611(b) and must comply with the export notification requirements in 40 CFR part 707, subpart D.

This rule will be effective as of December 1, unless written adverse or critical comments (or notice of intent to submit such) are received by November 2, 2015, in which case the EPA will withdraw the relevant sections of this rule before its effective date.

Interested parties can learn more about these 30 products by following the link provided below: