Tag Archives: Trade Alert


Tuesday, June 27, 2017



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 units, including container shipping, port and tugboat operations, oil tankers, and others.

Maersk IT is still assessing the extent of the breakdown to determine the impact to operations.  Supplemental trade alerts will be sent as we learn more details.

Initiation of AD/CVD Investigations of Tubing and Alloy Steel

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Initiation of AD/CVD Investigations of Tubing and Alloy Steel

On May 9, 2017, CBP issued CSMS# 17-000305 announcing that the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value duty investigations on “Certain Cold-Drawn Mechanical Tubing of Carbon and Alloy Steel from the Federal Republic of Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Switzerland” (Initiation Notice). Also on May 9, 2017, Commerce initiated Countervailing Duty Investigations on “Certain Cold-Drawn Mechanical Tubing of Carbon and Alloy Steel from India and the People’s Republic of China.”

For more information on these investigations as well as the Scope of Merchandise, please click on the following:


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 Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) that  expanded 9801.00.10 to include, “all products exported from and returned to the United States, regardless of country of origin.” There is no time limit to file a claim on products of a U.S. origin, but non-U.S. products must be filed within 3 years.

Additional documentation may be required or requested from an importer as this updated provision, “applies to U.S. or foreign articles returned to the United States and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after April 25, 2016.”

You can read more about this by following the link provided below:



Thursday, January 12, 2017


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 that due to the complexity of this transition, CBP is providing additional time to prepare for the final phase of the above core processing and will provide more information regarding the new deployment date in the near future.  It is to be noted however that CBP will post the liquidation notices on CBP.gov effective January 14, 2017 as planned.

For more information, please see CSMS# 17-000009 – Update on January 14, 2017 Deployment


Friday, January 6, 2017


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 Automated Commercial System (ACS).

CBP will have an extended ACE outage period for this deployment beginning Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10pm EST, and targeted to conclude on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 8am EST. This outage window will affect all ACE applications, including Manifest and Cargo Release. CBP will issue a CSMS to confirm the conclusion of the outage window.

As with every outage window, ACE may take some time to process transactions that are queued prior to and during the outage. CBP will be monitoring incoming transactions and will address any issues encountered, however please be aware that there may be delays in clearances during this time frame.


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