C J was founded in Baltimore in 1987. We've always been proud to be part of the freight community at the Port of Baltimore. Our port is one of only four U.S. East Coast ports that is equipped to handle vessels sailing through the Panama Canal. The Port of Baltimore has experienced increases of between 5% and 8% for car and container handling this year. This is partly due to new traffic from the recently expanded Panama Canal. The Maryland P [...]

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On November 27, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration’s published its final rule on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals. This program was created so that importers identify their food suppliers and to ensure those suppliers produce all food imported into the U.S. safely and with proper labeling. NOTE: The compliance date for some businesses is May 27, 2017 – 18 months after the pub [...]

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Importing is a privilege that Customs can revoke. It can be revoked for repeated violations, penalties or fines (and sometimes for just a single violation of a major offense) of any of three levels of offenses. Those levels are negligence (the failure to use reasonable care), gross negligence (with actual knowledge or wanton disregard), and fraud (voluntary and intentional actions). Customs penalties and fines can be substantial and in some case [...]

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Clients often ask us how they can either find overseas buyers for exports or how to expand their existing list of overseas buyers. There are several programs, through the Department of Commerce, that can assist in finding or expanding a list of buyers, and help in developing or fine tuning your export program. U S Commercial Service: Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional international markets, the U [...]

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Our first post of 2017 addressed the potential consequences of finding out you are importing a product that is subject to antidumping duties (ADD) and countervailing duties (CVD) after you’ve already placed the order. This post will describe programs that allow for a reduction or even the total elimination of Customs duties. Two of the major programs are the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s). Althoug [...]

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In general terms, antidumping duties (ADD) or countervailing duties (CVD) are imposed when the Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines whether a product is being dumped or improperly subsidized by a foreign government so the producer can sell it at a price lower than the cost of production. If the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) concurrently determines a U S industry is harmed by that action, then Commerce will determ [...]

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (under Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1307) prohibits the importation of merchandise mined, produced or manufactured, wholly or in part, in any foreign country by forced labor – including forced child labor. Such merchandise is subject to exclusion and/or seizure, and may lead to criminal investigation of the importer(s). Below are several website addresses explaining the consequences [...]

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Title IV of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to set forth procedures for CBP to investigate claims of evasion of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders. CBP has published an Interim Final Rule describing the procedures to be used to investigate such claims. CBP: Interim Regulations - Investigation of Claims of Evasion of Anti-dumping and Countervai [...]

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Some of our Clients have recently received a letter from Customs titled “Distribution of Informed Compliance Publications and Other Informative Documents”. The letter comes with copies of one or several Informed Compliance Publications attached. If you are an importer and have received one of these letters, you need to take it very seriously. It can only mean that something about your import transactions has caused Customs to give them mor [...]

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The following Cargo Systems Messaging Service message was just sent by CBP. We are passing it along to all of our clients, especially those that may be affected by the FDA and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): CSMS# 16-000691 - FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) 08/11/2016 09:44 AM EDT Partner Government Agencies This message is being sent to you as part of FDA’s continued outreach efforts under the Food Safe [...]

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