Port of Long Beach is the second busiest seaport in the United States. Due to the labor shortage during the holidays, the terminal congestion got worse this week. But according to the Port of Long Beach Deputy Executive Director and …

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Effective Date: August 2, 2017 On July 5, 2017, We received a notification from U.S. Department of Agriculture – Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) regarding the publication of Federal Register Notice 82 FR30721, stating that: All shipments of imported Siluriformes …

Important FSIS Notification: August 2, 2017, Implementation of Siluriformes Reinspection by the USDA: Food Safety Inspection Service Read more »

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is a labeling law that requires retailers, such as full-line grocery stores, supermarkets and club warehouse stores, to notify their customers with information regarding the source of certain foods. Food products covered by the law …

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released CSMS#16-000499 informing the trade community that: For shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) …

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On June 15, 2016, Flegenheimer International sent out information about the final rule on FDA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). CBP also sent a CSMS#16-000691 informing the import community¬† such as importers, consignees, manufacturers, shippers, foreign suppliers, and other stakeholders …

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The National Marine Fisheries Services issued a final rule that will require three programs under NMFS to obtain a single International Fisheries Trade Permit (IFTP). This will take in effect on September 20, 2016. The three programs under NMFS below …

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The announcement was posted on the Pier Pass Website on July 8, 2016. To all our ocean importers, please be aware of the following: Beginning August 8th, the TMF will be increased to $70.49 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) or …

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FDA announced an import alert for shrimp and prawns from peninsular Malaysia, which allows FDA to detain such imports without physical examination. This alert covers all forms of shrimp and prawns: raw frozen, cooked, breaded, cakes, balls, etc. Malaysia‚Äôs states …

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National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) proposes to integrate the collection of trade documentation within the government-wide International Trade Data System (ITDS) and require electronic information collection through the automated portal maintained by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border …

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Releases Proposed Rule for Electronic Reporting of Trade Data and The New Single Permit Requirements Read more »

On February 28, 2016, it will be mandatory for Customs Brokers and Self-Filers to file entries tthrough ACE instead of ACS. As an overview, The Automated Commercial System (ACS) is used by CBP to track, control, and process all goods …

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