Archives February 2019

CBP’s 21st Century Customs Framework

Last update on Feb. 22, 2019.

CBP’s 21st Century Customs Framework

By: Lenny Feldman, FCBF Legal Counsel

CBP has identified six key themes for which CBP seeks public input:

Emerging Roles in the Global Supply Chain: Due to technological advances and new modes of conducting business, the modern international trade environment is marked by emerging actors and dynamic supply chains. How can CBP ensure all parties in the modern supply chain are accounted for and held responsible?

Intelligent Enforcement: CBP’s efforts on intelligent enforcement are anchored on further improving risk management and the impact of efforts to detect high-risk activity, deter non-compliance and disrupt fraudulent behavior. How ...

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FCBF Legal Report – February 20, 2019

Last update on Feb. 22, 2019.

FCBF Legal Report – February 20, 2019

By: Lenny Feldman, FCBF Legal Counsel

I. Trade Remedies

• Congress is directing product-specific exclusions from the section 301 additional tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports. The List 3 tariffs now at 10% are scheduled to increase to 25% on March 2.
• ACE system now can accept section 301 exclusions granted to importers when reporting subheading 9903.88.05 in addition to the regular HTSUS classification. A post summary correction must be filed for refunds.
• Department of Commerce submitted results of its section 232 auto and auto parts investigation to President Trump on 2/17/19. A ...

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Farewell Mr. John Ballestero

Last update on Feb. 22, 2019.

Farewell Mr. John Ballestero

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the untimely death of Mr. John Ballestero this week.

Mr. John Ballestero, of Miami, Florida, was a highly regarded executive throughout the United States and Latin America in the international maritime trade and shipping community, with expertise in all facets of seaport operations and planning, corporate and union contracts, labor negotiations, and new business development. He had more than five decades of diversified leadership and management experience with both private-sector companies and government-run seaport administrators.

He began his career in the 1960s working for Maher Terminals, the ...

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US-Canada Sea container Cleanliness

Last update on Feb. 15, 2019.

US-Canada Sea container Cleanliness

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Invasive pests hitchhike around the globe in and on the agricultural products we import. They also travel on and in the millions of rail wagons, trailers and sea cargo containers that crisscross our oceans and continents on trains, trucks and ships. Once introduced, invasive pests are very difficult and expensive to control or eradicate. They can severely damage agricultural production, affect property values, and reduce water availability and quality. The total cost of lost revenue and clean-up can run into billions of dollars.

The North American Sea Container Initiative
To protect North American agriculture, forestry and ...

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Andrew Margolis Farewell Letter

Last update on Feb. 15, 2019.

Andrew Margolis Farewell Letter

Dear FCBF Members and Friends,

After 32 years with the FMC, the past 23 as the South Florida Representative, I decided to retire effective earlier this year. It was truly an honor representing the FMC all of these years. By far the most rewarding and enjoyable part of my job came from working with the dedicated and hard working men and women that comprise the South Florida shipping community. I will miss working closely with Barbara Pimentel and her wonderful team at the FCBF, and participating in various committees and events.

Unfortunately, the government shutdown prevented me from calling and ...

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Lawyers Focusing on Venezuela Sanctions, Potential for New Business

Last update on Feb. 15, 2019.

Lawyers Focusing on Venezuela Sanctions, Potential for New Business

Originally published and featured on the front page of the Daily Business Review on February 6, 2019
With the U.S. and E.U. countries endorsing regime change in Venezuela, international trade lawyers are looking for potential new business opportunities while checking on the latest sanctions.

In January, the U.S. announced it would impose new sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, the parent of Citgo and several other subsidiaries, as part of an effort to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to resign.

“I will continue to use the full weight of United ...

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Vote for the Firm of the Year

Last update on Feb. 11, 2019.

Vote for the Firm of the Year

As you know every year our core members have an opportunity to vote for the Associate Member that they feel has shown exceptional leadership in promoting and enhancing the Logistics Community in Florida.
(The nominated FCBF Associate Member must be in good standing with the association in order to remain on the ballot.)
Please review the names listed below and check only one box; if more than one box is checked your ballot will be voided. Once you have completed your ballot please return it via fax to (305) 499-9491. Should you have any questions please contact our office at ...

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