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United States Withdraws from Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement


On Monday, January 23rd, President Trump signed

an executive order withdrawing the United States

from the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement.


The agreement reached in October of

2016 between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,

Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand,

Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam

had lost support, although it was viewed as a

priority in competing with China.


Trump has also indicated that he will

pursue the overhaul of NAFTA.




Hanjin Shipping Files

for Bankruptcy Protection


On August 31, 2016, Hanjin Shipping, South Korea's largest shipping line, filed for bankruptcy protection.


The South Korean court will decide whether Hanjin

will be liquidated or allowed to restructure.




Lumber Liquidators Reaches

Settlement with Department of Justice


Lumber Liquidators has plead guilty to violations

of the Lacey Act on importations of lumber from Eastern Russia.  They will pay $7.8 million in fines

to the Lacey Fund, as well as $1.2 million in Community Service payments and $969

thousand in forfeited proceeds.







Court Dismisses Importer Suit

Against Examination Damages


An importer's lawsuit against a Customs

approved examination station for damaging their merchandise in the course of an examination was dismissed on August 31st.


The court found that without having documented the condition of the container at point of origin, there

was no proof that the goods were delivered to the container examination station intact.






FDA to Require Additional Info From Importers Affected by Tianjin Port Explosion



The Food and Drug Administration will require extra documentation from importers of food, drugs and medical devices that have passed through the port

of Tianjin, China due to a recent industrial accident

that resulted in the release of toxic chemicals


 Entry and shipping documents such as bills of lading,

air waybills and commercial invoices must be submitted to FDA for any entries of human and animal food products, human and animal drug products, and

medical devices that are indicated as having

originated from, stored in, or transited through the industrial center Binhai New Area in Tianjin, China.





CBP Relaxes Drawback Documentation Requirements



CBP will no longer require an original signature or

certified export invoice as proof for drawback claims.

The change became effective on Aug. 7.







FSVP for Food Importers


 The FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

(FSVP) for importers of food willl become effective

on May 30th, 2017.  Importers will be required to

verify that food imported into the United States has

been produced in a manner that meets US standards.


Importers  are required to develop,

maintain, and follow an FSVP for each product

imported, as well as for their suppliers.  To

determine whether you and/or your supplier are

subject to FSVP, please utilize this FSVP Link


Additional information can be found on the

FDA website and through this FDA link






Effective July 1, 2016, an amendment to SOLAS

(Safety of Life at Sea) now requires shippers to

verify the weight of their shipments in order to load

their cargo on board vessels for export.


There are two acceptable methods for determining the verified gross mass (VGM) which is equal to the weight of the cargo (including packing) and the container tare weight.


1)  Weigh the entire container after loading at a

certified weight station and deduct the weight

of the truck tractor and chassis.


2) Weigh all of the cargo (including packing) and

add the tare weight of the container.


Your forwarder will provide the VGM to the carrier.

If the shipment is less than a full container the

consolidator will report the VGM to the carrier.


Failure to provide the required information will result

in the container not being loaded on the vessel or

denied access to the terminal.


Please call our office if you have any questions.






The Lacey Act



In 2008 President Bush signed the Farm Bill which

contained a provision amending the Lacey Act, a conservation law designed to protect plants and wildlife.  The amendment requires importers of plant and plant products to file import declarations that include genus

and species of the plant(s) used, the value and quantity

of the importation, and the country from which the plant

was harvested.   If the merchandise your company

sells is made from wood or plants, it will be subject

to the import declaration requirement


Beginning May 1, 2009, certain commodities were

subject to the reporting requirements of the Lacey Act.

If you import merchandise of plant origin, please

contact us for further information.


Online information is available here.








The Consumer Product Safety Commission Act of 2008



The Consumer Product Safety Commission Improvement

Act of 2008 makes significant changes to the current regulations and imposes many additional compliance requirements for companies that sell consumer products. Special emphasis is placed on children’s products, toys,

and products with paint containing lead, phthalates, etc.


Impacted companies should obtain further information regarding the scope of this legislation and the deadlines

for compliance. For a summary of the major points

affecting importers as well as an interactive listing of products, please click here.


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