Archives 2017

First Electronic Customs Broker Exams Set for October 25

Last update on Sept. 21, 2017.

First Electronic Customs Broker Exams Set for October 25

CBP will administer the first electronic Customs Broker License Examination on October 25. Interested applicants have until September 22 to register for the upcoming exam. The transition from a written to electronic exam is part of CBP's efforts to modernize trade operations.

"CBP is pleased to offer an all-electronic version of the Customs Broker Exam to the more than 2,500 people who take the exam each year," said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade. "The modernized exam will provide for faster exam results to examinees and quicker results on appeals while being more cost efficient for ...

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CBP Call on Hurricane Irma Impact and ACE Filings

Last update on Sept. 7, 2017.

CBP Call on Hurricane Irma Impact and ACE Filings

In a conference call to the Trade on Wednesday, September 6, CBP's Trade Transformation Office detailed necessary procedures for cargo destined to U.S. ports that are closed due Hurricane Irma. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, diversion of cargo to open ports was a key factor in allowing trade to continue to operate in the face of the closures of Texas and Louisiana seaports.
CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Irma may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure ...

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ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade

Last update on Sept. 1, 2017.

ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade

The following has been posted on FDA’s ITACS for Industry web page, distributed to trade via CSMS# 17-000506 - ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade ,
and forwarded to FDA’s national import trade group contacts.

Please feel free to distribute to Filers, Importers, and Consignees within your local import trade community. Thanks! -Malinda

ITACS Account Management Outreach for Trade

FDA is planning to release its new ITACS Account Management functionality on Monday September 18, 2017.

FDA is providing trade outreach via WebEx on Tuesday September 5, 2017, Thursday September 7, 2017 and Monday September 11, 2017 to ensure that trade ...

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New ACE Programming Update

Last update on Aug. 24, 2017.

New ACE Programming Update

CSMS #17-000511

Title: Info Notice for September Capabilities and New Date for December Statements Deployment
Date: 8/23/2017 12:15:03 PM
To: Automated Broker Interface, ACE Portal Accounts, ACE Reports, New ACE Programming, Trade Policy Updates
Details regarding the September 16, 2017 deployment of Non-ABI Entry Summary/Lineless (for CBP
only), Duty Deferral, e214 (electronic Foreign Trade Zone admission) and Manufacturer ID Creation on September 16, 2017 has also been posted and can be found in the Deployment G2 Information Notice located under the news section at or by copying the following link into ...

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CFSAN Constituent Update

Last update on Aug. 23, 2017.

CFSAN Constituent Update

August 22, 2017

To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities.

The Food Safety Plan Builder (FSPB) is a free software application, developed by FDA, that businesses can download from the FDA’s website to guide them, step-by-step, through the creation of a food safety plan, as required by FSMA.

The user is taken through a series ...

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FTZ Testing Extension

Last update on Aug. 17, 2017.

FTZ Testing Extension

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Extension and Clarification of Test Program Regarding Electronic Foreign Trade Zone Admission Applications
and Transition of Test from the Automated Commercial System to the Automated Commercial Environment
AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
ACTION: General notice.
SUMMARY: This document announces U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) plan to extend a test program for submitting electronic Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) admission applications to CBP via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). This notice further announces a clarification regarding the data elements that are required ...

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David Pekoske sworn in as 7th TSA Administrator

Last update on Sept. 7, 2017.

David Pekoske sworn in as 7th TSA Administrator

WASHINGTON – Today, David Pekoske was officially sworn in as the seventh administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke welcomed Administrator Pekoske, who took the oath in a ceremony held at Department of Homeland Security Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Pekoske was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 3, 2017, following his nomination by President Donald J. Trump. He now leads a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees, the security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass ...

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Colombia strikes deal for U.S. avocado market access

Last update on Aug. 14, 2017.

Colombia strikes deal for U.S. avocado market access

Update: The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made a posting on the Federal Register about the issue, and the final rule is expected to be published on August 15. 
While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Colombia has mostly been focused on addressing the crisis gripping Venezuela, the trip has also brought some positive news for the country’s agricultural sector.
In an announcement today from the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena de Indias, Pence told reporters Colombian Hass avocados would finally be granted access to the U.S. market. 

Colombian President ...

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New System Speeds FDA Import Decisions

Last update on Aug. 2, 2017.

New System Speeds FDA Import Decisions

The data is in. A new automated system for determining whether FDA-regulated products can enter the United States is allowing us to make decisions faster and more efficiently.
Quick admissibility decisions are critical to commerce, especially when perishable products are involved. The new system brings better response times while still protecting consumers.
FDA has used an automated system to assist in making decisions about the admissibility of FDA-regulated products since the early 1990s. In 2015, FDA began piloting a new system, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). It features modernized infrastructure that can more quickly process larger amounts of data.
Part ...

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Controversial "BAT" Proposal Dropped

Last update on Sept. 7, 2017.

Controversial "BAT" Proposal Dropped

House Republican leaders have thrown in the towel on the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) - a key feature of the tax reform proposal offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) last year, which would have had the effect of taxing imports by as much as 20 percent. The announcement came in a joint statement from Congressional Republican leaders and the Administration, outlining the broad policy objectives of the tax reform proposal they will seek to move in the fall.

The goal of BAT was to remove incentives in the current tax code, which encourage U.S. companies to move production ...

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