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Trouble with your Holiday Shipment?

Shipping items during the holiday season can be a real hassle. Whether you’re importing or exporting a bunch of boxes or a bunch of cargo containers full of items, making sure all the proper paperwork is filled out and fees have been paid is so essential. You can start feeling like a chicken with its […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Add Customs Clearance International to Your Gratitude List this Thanksgiving

There are so many reasons our clients give when remarking to others about the difference has made during the export and import process. Here’s a quick rundown of the top 5 reasons people love partnering with during the holiday season and all year long. We take care of it. We offer a wide range of […]

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Thanks for your business

Here at , we have received countless emails and phone calls that express gratitude for our services. We genuinely make the import and export experience easier for people located throughout the US. We are grateful to be able to make people’s lives simpler and less stressful everyday, and we look forward to continue to serve […]

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What is the purpose of an original bill of lading?

At , we’re always happy to answer your questions. Consider us your import and export exports! We have been in this business for over years and we’re always glad to share our knowledge and expertise with you. One question we often receive from people is, What is the purpose of an original bill of lading? […]

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Afraid of getting ghosted by your customs broker?

At Halloween, there are many spooky things to be scared of – witches, ghosts, goblins, zombies, and more. Walking through a haunted house is only for the bravest among us. But there’s one thing that many people are afraid of that they don’t need to be… being ghosted by their customs broker. The sad fact […]

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What is Remote Location Filing?

Whenever you have a question about the import or export process, feel free to ask us at . After over years in the export and import business, we have the experience and knowledge to answer any and all questions you have at any time. Think of us as your go-to resource for high quality information […]

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What is Duty Drawback?

At , we offer a wide range of services designed to ensure your import and export experiences are as smooth and stress-free as possible. These services including the following: Door to door transportation Licensed Customs Broker (ACE) Licensed Ocean Freight Forwarder (OTI #018736F) All services offered for air, ocean, truck, and rail transportation Warehousing distribution […]

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Which Documents are Required for Import Shipments?

One question we often hear from people thinking about importing goods from abroad is about documentation. It’s so essential to have all your documents filled out and taken care of so your shipment can sail through customs and safely reach its destination in a timely manner. As always, we’re happy to answer all your questions […]

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Our Mission Statement

Here at , we are dedicating to serving you. We want you to have the best possible experience importing or exporting goods with us. We’re a licensed customs brokerage firm that is committed to taking care of every detail of the export and import process so you can simply sit back and relax. We have […]

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Looking for a Reliable Freight Forwarder?

When you need to import or export freight, the process can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many forms that need to be filled out, fees that need to be paid, and more. But you don’t have to go it alone – in fact, you shouldn’t! is the reliable, trustworthy freight forwarder you need […]

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Updated Title: Section 232 and Immediate Transportation Entries On March 22, 2018, in CSMS message # 18-000240, CBP provided entry summary filing instructions for imports of steel and aluminum subject to the March 8 and March 22 Presidential Proclamations on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received numerous questions about the entry date of imports of steel and aluminum articles entered for consumption, which were also covered by an entry for immediate transportation.

Pursuant to the Presidential Proclamations, duties are due on goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on March 23, 2018.

19 CFR 141.69(b) states:

Merchandise which is not subject to a quantitative or tariff-rate quota and which is covered by an entry for immediate transportation made at the port of original importation, if entered for consumption at the port designated by the consignee or his agent in such transportation entry without having been taken into custody by the port director for general order under section 490, Tariff Act of 1930, as amended ( 19 U.S.C. 1490), shall be subject to the rates in effect when the immediate transportation entry was accepted at the port of original importation.

For such entries covered by an entry for immediate transportation, and with a country of origin and Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification subject to the Presidential Proclamations, such entries shall be subject to the duty rates in effect when the immediate transportation entry was accepted at the port of original importation.

Accordingly, entries of steel and aluminum articles covered by an entry for immediate transportation accepted at the port of original importation before March 23, may have been incorrectly rejected by CBP and/or incorrectly filed with a Chapter 99 steel or aluminum HTS classification.

CBP is working to address the incorrectly filed entries to alleviate the need for the trade to resubmit entry summaries, submit post summary corrections (PSC), or file protests. CBP is aware that some entry summaries incorrectly submitted with the Chapter 99 HTS classification may have a deadline approaching to pay the associated duties. CBP will fully consider the issues associated with these entries in enforcing the duty deadline and CBP will be addressing these entries promptly. Importers who incorrectly paid duties pursuant to the Presidential Proclamations on an AD/CVD entry, and want to request an administrative refund of these duties prior to liquidation, may file a PSC to request an administrative refund of these duties prior to liquidation.

Importers filing steel and aluminum entry summaries and PSCs without the Chapter 99 HTS classifications may receive reject messages. See CSMS 18-000249 for the procedures to follow when receiving these messages.

Importers may file a protest if they believe an entry was incorrectly liquidated.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

For more information, please refer to Presidential Proclamations 9704 (aluminum) and 9705 (steel) on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States, Federal Register, 83 FR 11619 and 83 FR 11625, dated March 15, 2018; and the March 22, 2018 Presidential Proclamations on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States.

For questions about the status of an individual entry, contact personnel at the corresponding Center of Excellence and Expertise.

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Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value and Countervailing Duty Investigations: Laminated Woven Sacks from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

On March 27, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations of “Laminated Woven Sacks from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” (Initiation Notice). These investigations have been assigned case numbers A-552-823 and C-552-824.

The Scope of Merchandise covered by these investigations reads as follows:

The merchandise covered by this investigation is laminated woven sacks. Laminated woven sacks are bags consisting of one or more plies of fabric consisting of woven polypropylene strip and/or woven polyethylene strip, regardless of the width of the strip; with or without an extrusion coating of polypropylene and/or polyethylene on one or both sides of the fabric; laminated by any method either to an exterior ply of plastic film such as biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP), polyester (PET), polyethylene (PE), nylon, or any film suitable for printing, or to an exterior ply of paper; printed; displaying, containing, or comprising three or more visible colors (e.g., laminated woven sacks printed with three different shades of blue would be covered by the scope), not including the color of the woven fabric; regardless of the type of printing process used; with or without lining; with or without handles; with or without special closing features (including, but not limited to, closures that are sewn, glued, easy-open (e.g., tape or thread), re-closable (e.g., slider, hook and loop, zipper), hot-welded, adhesive-welded, or press- to-close); whether finished or unfinished (e.g., whether or not closed on one end and whether or not in roll form, including, but not limited to, sheets, lay-flat, or formed in tubes); not exceeding one kilogram in actual weight. Laminated woven sacks produced in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are subject to the scope regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used to make the sack.

Subject laminated woven sacks are currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 6305.33.0040. If entered with plastic coating on both sides of the fabric consisting of woven polypropylene strip and/or woven polyethylene strip, laminated woven sacks may be classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 3923.21.0080, 3923.21.0095, and 3923.29.0000. If entered not closed on one end or in roll form (including, but not limited to, sheets, lay-flat tubing, and sleeves), laminated woven sacks may be classifiable under other HTSUS subheadings, including 3917.39.0050, 3921.90.1100, 3921.90.1500, and 5903.90.2500. If the polypropylene strips and/or polyethylene strips making up the fabric measure more than 5 millimeters in width, laminated woven sacks may be classifiable under other HTSUS subheadings including 4601.99.0500, 4601.99.9000, and 4602.90.0000. Although HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

Requirements for Submitting Comments on the Scope of the Investigations: Please be sure to comply with all three requirements established below.

Deadline for Submitting Comments:

As announced in the Initiation Notices, Commerce is setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (scope). The period for scope comments is intended to provide Commerce with ample opportunity to consider all comments and to consult with parties prior to the issuance of the preliminary determination, as appropriate. If scope comments include factual information (see 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21)), all such factual information should be limited to public information. Commerce requests that all such comments be filed by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, April 16, 2018, which is 20 calendar days from the signature date of this notice. Any rebuttal comments, which may include factual information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 26, 2018, which is 10 calendar days from the initial comments deadline. Commerce requests that any factual information the parties consider relevant to the scope of the investigation be submitted during this time period. However, if a party subsequently finds that additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the investigation may be relevant, the party may contact Commerce and request permission to submit the additional information. All such comments must be filed on the records of each of the concurrent AD and CVD investigations identified above.

Required Entry of Appearance:

Parties wishing to participate in this segment and be included on the public service list must file a letter of appearance. Section 351.103(d)(1) of Commerce’s regulations states that “with the exception of a petitioner filing a petition in an investigation, to be included on the public service list for a particular segment, each interested party must file a letter of appearance.” The letter of appearance must be filed separately from any other document (with the exception of an application for APO access). Note, the letter of appearance must state how the party qualifies as an interested party (e.g., an exporter, producer, importer of the subject merchandise) and must include a point of contact, including address, telephone/fax number and email address.

All submissions to Commerce must be filed electronically using Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). An electronically-filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the time, typically 5 p.m. ET, and date when it is due. Documents excepted from the electronic submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with Enforcement and Compliance’s APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by the applicable deadlines.

For your convenience, Commerce has the following resources available online to assist you in complying with these electronic filing procedures:

ACCESS: Help Link

https://access.trade.gov/help.aspx

ACCESS: External User Guide https://access.trade.gov/help/ACCESS%20User%20Guide.pdf

ACCESS: Handbook on Electronic Filing Procedures

https://access.trade.gov/help/Handbook%20on%20Electronic%20Filling%20Procedures.pdf

Federal Register notice: Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011)

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-06/pdf/2011-16352.pdf

Enforcement and Compliance: Change of Electronic Filing System Name, 79 FR 69046 (November 20, 2014)

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27530.pdf

Enforcement and Compliance: General Filing Requirements http://enforcement.trade.gov/filing/index.html

Required Certifications:

Please note that the following certification requirements are in effect for company/government officials as well as their representatives. In all segments of antidumping duty or countervailing duty proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 2013, parties submitting factual information must use the formats for the certifications provided at the end of the Final Rule. See Certification of Factual Information to Import Administration During Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (Final Rule). See also the frequently asked questions regarding the Final Rule, available at http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf.

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Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1801 was created on January 31, 2018 and contains 7,864 ABI records and 1,329 harmonized tariff records.

This update contains modifications mandated by Presidential Proclamation 9693, To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of  Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells [Whether or Not  Partially or Fully Assembled Into Other Products] and for Other Purposes. Changes included in Annex I will be effective on February 7, 2018 while adjustments contained in Annex II were effective on January 1,2018. The Proclamation can be accessed using the following link

Changes also include those made as a result of Presidential Proclamation 9694, To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of Large Residential Washers. Modifications will be effective on February 7, 2018, and the Proclamation can be accessed using the following link

Adjustments required by the verification of the 2018 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) are included also. The modified records are currently available to all ABI participants and can be retrieved electronically via the procedures indicated in the CATAIR. For further information about this process, please contact your client representative

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Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations: Certain Plastic Decorative Ribbon from the People’s Republic of China On January 16, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on “certain plastic decorative ribbon from the People’s Republic of China” (China) (Initiation Notices). These investigations have been assigned the following case numbers: A-570-075 and C-570-076.

The Scope of Merchandise covered by these investigations reads as follows:

The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain plastic decorative ribbon having a width (measured at the narrowest span of the ribbon) of less than or equal to four (4) inches in actual measurement, including but not limited to ribbon wound onto itself; a spool, a core or a tube (with or without flanges); attached to a card or strip; wound into a keg- or egg-shaped configuration; made into bows, bow-like items, or other shapes or configurations; and whether or not packaged or labeled for retail sale. The subject merchandise is typically made of substrates of polypropylene, but may be made in whole or in part of any type of plastic, including without limitation, plastic derived from petroleum products and plastic derived from cellulose products. Unless the context otherwise clearly indicates, the word “ribbon” used in the singular includes the plural and the plural “ribbons” includes the singular.

The subject merchandise includes ribbons comprised of one or more layers of substrates made, in whole or in part, of plastics adhered to each other, regardless of the method used to adhere the layers together, including without limitation, ribbons comprised of layers of substrates adhered to each other through a lamination process. Subject merchandise also includes ribbons comprised of (a) one or more layers of substrates made, in whole or in part, of plastics adhered to (b) one or more layers of substrates made, in whole or in part, of non-plastic materials, including, without limitation, substrates made, in whole or in part, of fabric.

The ribbons subject to this investigation may be of any color or combination of colors (including without limitation, ribbons that are transparent, translucent or opaque) and may or may not bear words or images, including without limitation, those of a holiday motif. The subject merchandise includes ribbons with embellishments and/or treatments, including, without limitation, ribbons that are printed, hot-stamped, coated, laminated, flocked, crimped, die-cut, embossed (or that otherwise have impressed designs, images, words or patterns), and ribbons with holographic, metallic, glitter or iridescent finishes.

Subject merchandise includes “pull-bows” an assemblage of ribbons connected to one another, folded flat, and equipped with a means to form such ribbons into the shape of a bow by pulling on a length of material affixed to such assemblage, and “pre-notched” bows, an assemblage of notched ribbon loops arranged one inside the other with the notches in alignment and affixed to each other where notched, and which the end user forms into a bow by separating and spreading the loops circularly around the notches, which form the center of the bow. Subject merchandise includes ribbons that are packaged with non-subject merchandise, including ensembles that include ribbons and other products, such as gift wrap, gift bags, gift tags and/or other gift packaging products. The ribbons are covered by the scope of this investigation; the “other products” (i.e., the other, non-subject merchandise included in the ensemble) are not covered by the scope of this investigation.

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are the following: (1) ribbons formed exclusively by weaving plastic threads together; (2) ribbons that have metal wire in, on, or along the entirety of each of the longitudinal edges of the ribbon; (3) ribbons with an adhesive coating covering the entire span between the longitudinal edges of the ribbon for the entire length of the ribbon; (4) ribbon formed into a bow without a tab or other means for attaching the bow to an object using adhesives, where the bow has: (a) an outer layer that is either flocked or made of fabric, and (b) a flexible metal wire at the base that is suitable for attaching the bow to a Christmas tree or other object by twist-tying; (5) elastic ribbons, meaning ribbons that elongate when stretched and return to their original dimension when the stretching load is removed; (6) ribbons affixed as a decorative detail to non-subject merchandise, such as a gift bag, gift box, gift tin, greeting card or plush toy, or affixed (including by tying) as a decorative detail to packaging containing non subject merchandise; (7) ribbons that are (a) affixed to non-subject merchandise as a working component of such non-subject merchandise, such as where the ribbon comprises a book marker, bag cinch, or part of an identity card holder, or (b) affixed (including by tying) to non-subject merchandise as a working component that holds or packages such non-subject merchandise or attaches packaging or labeling to such non-subject merchandise, such as a “belly band” around a pair of pajamas, a pair of socks or a blanket; (8) imitation raffia made of plastics having a thickness not more than one (1) mil when measured in an unfolded/untwisted state; and (9) ribbons in the form of bows having a diameter of less than seven-eighths (7/8) of an inch, or having a diameter of more than 16 inches, based on actual measurement. For purposes of this exclusion, the diameter of a bow is equal to the diameter of the smallest circular ring through which the bow will pass without compressing the bow.

Further, excluded from the scope of the antidumping duty order are any products covered by the existing antidumping duty order on polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet, and strip (PET Film) from the People’s Republic of China (China). See Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip from Brazil, the People’s Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates: Antidumping Duty Orders and Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value for the United Arab Emirates, 73 FR 66595 (November 10, 2008).

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