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FCBF Opens it's Membership to International Companies

Last update on Sept. 28, 2018.

FCBF Opens it's Membership to International Companies

For the first time in 60 years the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association will open it's membership to include international companies. The Board of Directors recently voted on this decision as FCBF moves towards creating a stronger relationship with our Latin American colleagues. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) currently exists with the Federation of National Associations of Freight Forwarders and International Logistics Operators of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALACAT) and the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA). Florida is situated at the gateway of The Americas and it is only appropriate to bring our partners closer to home and help ...

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301 Round 3

Last update on Aug. 24, 2018.

301 Round 3

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On June 20, 2018 (83 FR 28710), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) provided notice of an initial action in the Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The initial action was the imposition of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018. The June 20 notice also sought public comment on another proposed action, in the form of an additional 25 percent ad valorem ...

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APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Soursop from Puerto Rico

Last update on Aug. 21, 2018.

APHIS Seeks Comments on Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Soursop from Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has asked USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the movement of fresh soursop for consumption into the continental United States. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists potential pests likely to remain on the commodity if no mitigations are applied.
APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments to determine whether stakeholders have information that might lead us to revise the draft assessment before we identify pest mitigations and proceed with official regulatory action.

The draft pest risk assessment for soursop for consumption from Puerto Rico will be available for review and comment ...

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FDA Issues Guidance Documents on Food Facility Registration

Last update on Aug. 17, 2018.

FDA Issues Guidance Documents on Food Facility Registration

Constituent Update
August 17, 2018

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two guidance documents to help food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

One of the documents being published today is the seventh edition of a guidance to help the owners and operators of facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States understand the registration requirements. Previous iterations of this guidance were released following the adoption in 2002 of amendments to the FD&C Act that required food ...

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USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China's Unfair Trade Practices

Last update on Aug. 17, 2018.

USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China's Unfair Trade Practices

USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices
https://www.fcbf.com/media/Final_Second_Tranche.pdf

Washington, DC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property. This second tranche of additional tariffs under Section 301 follows the first tranche of tariffs on approximately $34 ...

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Comet Delivery Services Expands with Addition of New Facility

Last update on Aug. 10, 2018.

Comet Delivery Services Expands with Addition of New Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Comet Delivery Services Expands with Addition of New Facility

Samantha and Dustin Oaks Join Comet Delivery Services Branch in Stuart, FL

Miami, Florida — July 10, 2018 — Comet Delivery Services, one of South Florida’s leading transportation and delivery firms, has appointed Samantha and Dustin Oaks to anchor its new Stuart, Florida facility. Samantha is the Director of Operations and Dustin is the Director of Business Development.

The new facility, which doubles the company’s footprint, provides service to Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. The new branch also extends the firm’s legacy ...

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Extension of Public Comment Period Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301:

Last update on Aug. 10, 2018.

Extension of Public Comment Period Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301:

China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Extension of public comment period.

SUMMARY: In a notice published on July 17, 2018 (83 FR 33608), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) taken in this investigation in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The July 17th notice sought public comment and provided notice of a public hearing regarding this proposed modification of the action in the investigation. On ...

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Automation of Foreign Military Sales Case Information

Last update on Aug. 2, 2018.

Automation of Foreign Military Sales Case Information

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in cooperation with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has automated the transfer of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Case information. Effective May 1, 2018 the DSP-94, the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOAz), any amendments of modifications no longer have to lodged with CBP.
The LOAs, any associated amendments or modifications for FMS cases issues issued after 2004 may be returned to the entity that lodged the documentation with CBP. CBP will retain all information regarding any import or export shipments against the FMS cases including the decrementation of the cases.

FMS materials ...

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CBP Port Everglades CES Solicitation

Last update on July 27, 2018.

CBP Port Everglades CES Solicitation

CBP CES Solicitation Public Information Bulletin

Port Everglades CES Application with Appendixes

The attached Information Bulletin is issued to announce the solicitation for applications to operate a CBP Centralized Examination Station (CES) for Port Everglades, Florida. The solicitation period commences July 24, 2018 and expires on September 24, 2018. The initial phase of the selection process will consist of a 60-day application period, or "open season". Public comments are also invited.

The deadlines for this solicitation are as follows:

· Applications to operate a CES must be received by September 24, 2018 (60 calendar days from the date of this Information ...

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301 - China Here we go again

Last update on July 13, 2018.

301 - China Here we go again

Statement By U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Section 301 Action – July 10, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement regarding action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974:
“On Friday, in response to unfair Chinese practices, the United States began imposing tariffs of 25 percent on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs will eventually cover up to $50 billion in Chinese imports as legal processes conclude. The products targeted by the tariffs are those that benefit from China’s industrial policy and forced technology transfer practices ...

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