The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides duty-free treatment to goods of designated countries, will expire on December 31, 2017. Special program indicators (SPI) “A,” “A+,” and “A*” will be affected. GSP has expired several times in the last decade and each time, Congress has made the renewal retroactive. Anticipating a possible renewal, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued the standard procedures for e [...]

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Customs has just published CSMS #17-000609 concerning possible penalties for violations of Wood Packaging Material regulations. To prevent the introduction of timber pests into the environment, Wood Packaging Material (WPM) that is imported to the United States must be treated to kill harmful timber pests. Treated WPM must display a visible, legible, and permanent mark to certify treatment. Customs is increasing its enforcement efforts rega [...]

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Following are two announcements that can have an affect on the duty you are paying for your imported product. First is the notice in the Federal Register by The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The USTR will consider petitions to modify the list of articles that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The USTR will also consider petitions to modify the GSP status o [...]

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The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent, self-sustaining Executive Branch agency. Their mission is to support American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services. When private sector lenders are unable or unwilling to provide financing, The Export-Import Bank of the United States fills the gap. EXIM provides American businesses with the [...]

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We have seen numerous articles over the past several weeks that address the issue of ocean carrier cancellation fees as well as fees for no-shows within a specific time period up to vessel departure. Carriers are implementing such charges as a way to offset the costs of vessels moving at an incomplete or less than full status. We have yet not seen these fees implemented on any US involved trade lanes. But several carriers including Maersk, [...]

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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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