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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. 

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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.
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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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This Week's ACE Tips

Last update on Aug. 1, 2017.

This Week's ACE Tips

• Updated Partner Government Agency (PGA) Documentation Now Available - CBP has recently posted the updated the Entry Types by PGA document on CBP.gov. The updated document lists all the entry types, PGAs and Yes or No flags indicating whether or not PGA data is required to make entry.
• ACE Portal Tip: Missing Entry Summary Transactions in Account Management Reports - When running an Account Management (AM) Report, it is very important for users to define the "Include Entries with no Entry Date (No/Yes)" prompt to "Yes." If the default value of "No" is selected, Account Management Reports will exclude entry ...

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Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

Last update on Aug. 1, 2017.

Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

Amazon’s move to buy Whole Foods may have convinced investors that the online food market is the next Eldorado, but entrants face a number of issues that could spoil the feast for them.
Projections for the online food business are decidedly frothy. According to one estimate, by the year 2025, 20% of food will be ordered online and 70% of consumers will order some food over the web.
Chronofresh, a subsidiary of La Poste, established two years ago, certainly sees an opening.
After a regional pilot programme, it launched a new service in July to deliver fresh meat, cheese ...

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ACE Deployment Postponed

Last update on Aug. 1, 2017.

ACE Deployment Postponed

CBP is rescheduling the last primary deployment of core trade processing capabilities in ACE which had been scheduled for July 8, 2017. This deployment includes liquidation (with the exception of the previously deployed electronic posting of the Notices of Liquidation on CBP.gov), reconciliation, drawback, duty deferral, collections and the Automated Surety Interface (ASI).

In a message to it's Trade Support Network (TSN) members, CBP wrote, "we have been conducting ongoing, rigorous testing to ensure these capabilities will operate successfully. Our latest efforts have revealed areas specific to collections that are in need of further testing before these capabilities ...

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