Trade News / U.S. regulatory updates

Posted: Oct 4, 2017

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued CSMS 17-000612 advising, effective November 1st, they will penalize any documented violation of the wood packaging material (WPM) requirements, eliminating its previous policy of allowing up to five (5) violations before taking... Read More >

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Posted: Oct 19, 2016

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed Executive Order 13742  terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (formerly Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions. As a result, the economic and financial sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of... Read More >

Posted: Oct 7, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule, decreasing the fee paid by importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under the Cotton Research and Promotion Order.  This change takes effect on October 4, 2016. The... Read More >

Posted: Sep 27, 2016

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Sugar Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) openings that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced for imports of raw cane sugar, refined sugar, specialty sugar, and the TRQ country specific allocation and 2017 TRQ for sugar-containing products... Read More >

Posted: Sep 21, 2016

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires that all food facilities update their registration every even-numbered year.  This is the year! The 2016 Food Facility Registration Biennial Renewal period begins October 1, 2016, and ends December 31, 2016.  Failure to... Read More >

Posted: Sep 12, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that effective September 20, 2016, a new consolidated International Fisheries Trade Permit (IFTP) will be required for the import, export, or re-export of goods subject to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tuna... Read More >

Posted: Sep 8, 2016

China has decided vessels originating from the United States, other than from the state of Florida, do not require a disinfection certification.  The Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted a September 2nd “Update”... Read More >

Posted: Sep 7, 2016

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is inviting you to take the 2016 Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Trade User Satisfaction Survey, now available for trade response. CBP strongly encourages all Importers, Exporters, Brokers, Software Developers, Carriers, and other trade community... Read More >

Posted: Aug 27, 2016

The Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted an “Update on China’s Requirements for Shipments From Zika-Infected Countries” on the FAS website.  U.S. officials have received more information about how U.S. shippers can comply... Read More >

Posted: Aug 15, 2016

China is putting in place new rules around the fumigation of U.S. ocean export containers in an effort to stop the spread of the Zika virus. Chinese authorities, in particular the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of... Read More >

Posted: Jun 23, 2016

On June 17th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Cargo Systems Messaging Service (CSMS) 16-000499, advising tighter enforcement of the importer security filing (ISF) requirement will begin June 30, 2016.  This will end the CBP “revised enforcement strategy” in... Read More >