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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FCBF Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Last update on Jan. 25, 2019.

FCBF Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors

The Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF) is pleased to announce The Call for Nominations for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

The Call for Nominations is now open and we are seeking candidates for the open positions of President, 1st & 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer. We hereby advise our regular members that they may submit in writing to the Nominating Committee a slate of officers: Slate of officers includes a President, who has served on the board at least 1 year previously and preferably on the Executive Board, 1st Vice President Freight Forwarding, 2nd Vice President Customs, Secretary and ...

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Limitations of Warehouse Liability

Last update on Jan. 17, 2019.

Limitations of Warehouse Liability

By Daniel W. Raab, Esq.

Warehouse operators can limit their liability for damages. A warehouse receipt can limit its damages. In fact, your insurance carrier would prefer you to include such limitations of liability.

There are some Florida cases dealing with limitations of liability in a warehouse receipt. The case of San Fisket, Inc. vs. Atlanta Cold Storage, Corp., 347 Southern 2nd 647 Florida 3rd DCA 1977, is a Florida case that did hold a low limit of liability. There was also a case in New York entitled United States Gold Corp. vs. Federal Express Corp. 719 Fed. Sup. 1217 ...

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Overland Committee Report 012019

Last update on Jan. 11, 2019.

Overland Committee Report 012019

Greetings and a Happy New Year to all;
2018 saw many challenges to logistics including, Driver shortages, Rate hikes, big demand for trucks and an unstable political system, computer hacking, Electronic log implementation, Flagler adding almost 1 million square ft of warehouses and a stock market roller coaster ride.
As we enter 2019 many of the same issues continue to challenge the logistics business. ELD’s (Electronic logo Data) will see some changes to the new regulations take effect.
Some carriers managed this requirement by using smart phones to track a driver’s time behind the wheel. Those carriers will ...

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George S Engers December 14 1938 June 30 2018

Last update on Jan. 11, 2019.

George S Engers December 14 1938 June 30 2018

Obituary for George S. Engers George S. Engers, 79 of Hollywood, Florida passed away on June 30, 2018. George and his wife lived in Florida for the last 30 years. Over the last two years, they began coming up to New York to spend time with their family. He was was the owner of the GS Engers and Company, a US Customs Brokerage Firm. The firm had two offices located out of Miami Florida and L.A. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Friday at St ...

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APHIS Resumes Permitting Pomegranate Aril Imports from Peru

Last update on Dec. 19, 2018.

APHIS Resumes Permitting Pomegranate Aril Imports from Peru

Effective immediately, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will resume issuing permits for imports of pomegranate arils from Peru into the United States. These imports must meet the requirements of Federal Order (DA-2018-19) and the operational workplan signed by APHIS and the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Peru. APHIS suspended imports of pomegranate arils from Peru in June 2018 based on port-of-entry detections of Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata, Medfly).

Under the terms of the Federal Order and operational workplan, pomegranate arils from Peru are subject to the following import requirements:
• Orchard and packinghouse registration with ...

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IAC Application process

Last update on Dec. 6, 2018.

IAC Application process

The much anticipated IAC “tier” application process in IACMS is finally in production. The main highlight is that potential IAC applicants are asked critical IAC applicability questions in the front end. If the applicants chose the wrong answers, IACMS will automatically reject the application providing a rejection response prior to having a PSI reviewing the app.

This provides PSIs review time for legitimate applications.

Note: Even if the current SIC code selected may not be preferred cargo SIC code, PSIs must ensure even though their current business model description may not be air cargo, the description provides a future intent ...

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