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importer as this updated provision, “applies to U.S. or foreign articles returned to the United States and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after April 25, 2016.”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

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

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