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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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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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