U.S.: Congress approves Florida AG disaster package

Last update on Feb. 15, 2018.

U.S.: Congress approves Florida AG disaster package

The U.S. House and Senate has approved an agriculture disaster package that will send billions of dollars in relief to Florida growers hit by Hurricane Irma.
The package – passed as part of the federal budget deal – provides a total of US$3.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, US$2.36 billion of which will be used to make direct payments to Florida producers who’ve suffered hurricane-related crop losses last year.
The Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) said citrus’ share is expected to be US$760 million.
The bill now moves to the president.
“We cannot ...

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New Program to Improve Used Vehicle Export Process

Last update on Feb. 9, 2018.

New Program to Improve Used Vehicle Export Process

A new electronic Vehicle Validation Export Process Program is now available to shippers exporting vehicles from Broward County's Port Everglades.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Port Everglades implemented a new process to allow shippers to submit original vehicle export documentation electronically in lieu of delivering physical copies to their local CBP trade office. The electronic validation program, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the country, is currently being offered in Port Everglades to exporters needing to ship used vehicles from South Florida to destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and beyond.

Crowley Maritime ...

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Perishables Power Play: How forwarders are adapting to e-commerce disruption

Last update on Feb. 2, 2018.

Perishables Power Play: How forwarders are adapting to e-commerce disruption

Source: Air Cargo World

Less than three hours after the chartered 747-8 freighter, named “The Spirit of Panalpina,” touched down at the U.K.’s Stansted Airport, the last load of frozen guacamole was in the hands of the customer in Braintree, Essex. The pale-green concoction of fresh mashed avocados, tomatoes, onions, garlic and other spices was chilled to precisely -18°C, as pre-arranged by the shipper, and remained frozen during its entire journey, starting hours earlier in Guadalajara, Mexico, and making a short stop in Hunstville, Alabama, before crossing the Atlantic.
For Swiss forwarder Panalpina, this 10th and final ...

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JFK’s ARK animal transport facility sues NY/NJ Port Authority over contract breach

Last update on Feb. 2, 2018.

JFK’s ARK animal transport facility sues NY/NJ Port Authority over contract breach

Source: Air Cargo World

The owner of a US$65 million animal care and transport facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is suing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $426 million over an alleged breach of the facility’s long-term commercial lease.
In a summons filed earlier this month in the Queens County office of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the ARK’s lawyers allege that the Port Authority’s internal squabbling and turf wars between competing government agencies have inflicted millions of dollars in losses.
The Port Authority has ...

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Agriculture Reimbursable Overtime (AG-ROT) Vessel Boarding and Clearance

Last update on Feb. 2, 2018.

Agriculture Reimbursable Overtime (AG-ROT) Vessel Boarding and Clearance

This information bulletin serves as a reminder that Agriculture Reimbursable Overtime (AG-ROT) charges may be incurred due to an agriculture boarding and clearance to include vessels utilizing C-TPAT / Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval and Vessel Arrival Notification.

Effective immediately; charges for vessels requiring Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture clearance performed under AG-ROT fees will be based upon the Notice of Arrival (NOA) received.

Updates or changes to vessel arrivals after normal hours of operation will be reviewed and processed under AG-ROT and assigned for a minimum two-hour block. Agriculture Specialists will report to the Port Everglades (PEV) CBP offices at ...

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JAXPORT has Named New COO

Last update on Jan. 29, 2018.

JAXPORT has Named New COO

Following a nationwide executive search, JAXPORT has selected Frederick P. Wong Jr. as Chief Operating Officer. Wong’s first day on the job will be Feb. 5, 2018.

Wong has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of port operations and since 2014 has been responsible for all cruise, cargo and security operations as Assistant Port Director at PortMiami. Prior to that, Wong held positions of increasing responsibility at PortMiami from Seaport Harbormaster to Seaport Operations Manager. He began his career at the port as Cruise Operations Superintendent in 1997.

On announcing Wong’s selection, JAXPORT CEO Eric ...

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CBP Faces Challenge in Enforcing Ban on Goods Made with Forced Labor

Last update on Jan. 12, 2018.

CBP Faces Challenge in Enforcing Ban on Goods Made with Forced Labor

Article: CT Strategies

Although the Agency has received criticism from some members of Congress for not taking more action to seize imported goods made with forced labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does face a considerable challenge in enforcing the relatively new law. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA), which became law in February 2016, along with numerous other provisions, banned all goods made with forced labor from being imported to the U.S. by striking the “consumptive demand” clause of the Tariff Act of 1930. The clause had ...

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Input Needed! Regulatory Amendments to NRAs & NSAs

Last update on Jan. 11, 2018.

Input Needed! Regulatory Amendments to NRAs & NSAs

AGENCY: Federal Maritime Commission Docket 17-10

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

SUMMARY: The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) proposes to amend its rules governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to modernize, update, and reduce regulatory burdens.

DATES: Submit comments on or before January 29, 2018.


We encourage FCBF members and the trade community to submit your comments to the FMC. The below format may be adopted as a template - simply replace the association's name with your company's name.
The comment period ends January 29, 2018 ...

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The Top 5 Customs & Trade Issues of 2018 -

Last update on Jan. 3, 2018.

The Top 5 Customs & Trade Issues of 2018 -

By: Lenny Feldman, Senior Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Importers, customs brokers and supply chain service providers recognize that imminent changes lie ahead concerning the laws, regulations and policy in the customs and trade world. However, the adjustments needed to adequately handle these initiatives are not as obvious as one may suspect. Here are the top five issues your company could expect in 2018 and how to address them.

E-Commerce – Develop your Strategy
As on-line sales continue to explode so do the concerns and challenges of U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to welcome the legal ...

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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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