Ew, Bugs! Preventing Pests When Importing Goods

Due to a recent increase in the number of sea carriers found transporting wood packing material (WPM) that violates WPM standards—primarily while crossing the Mediterranean Sea—Customs & Border Protection has released a bulletin reminding importers to work to ensure that any WPM used has been effectively treated to prevent the introduction of invasive pests into…

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CBP Announces U.S.-Israel Mutual Recognition Agreement

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a mutual recognition agreement has been enacted between Israel and the United States as of June 27th, 2014. A mutual recognition agreement between the United States’ C-TPAT program and another country—in this case Israel’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program—certifies that the foreign customs program’s requirements and regulations are…

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C-TPAT Holiday Safety Alert

Holidays present logistics companies, manufacturers, and facilities with a difficult challenge: the closing of facilities for holiday vacations leave them highly vulnerable to theft. When facilities are shut down during this time, the risk of thieves accessing and stealing cargo increases greatly since facilities are left unattended. In order to prevent cargo loss and theft,…

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How Do You Prove Transaction Value?

Determining the price actually paid or payable for your Customs entry can be quite tricky. Transaction Value rules, pursuant to 19 USC 1401a(b), place responsibility on the importer to exercise reasonable care and accurately provide Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the proper declared value. It’s important to assure that all lawfully mandated payments (additions)…

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C-TPAT Employee Screening Requirements

In order to ensure that Partners are compliant with U.S immigration law, C-TPAT requires the use of E-Verify to certify all employees’ eligibility status to work in the United States. Read Customs & Border Protection’s bulletin regarding this requirement here: http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/bullentin_feb14.pdf This system compares completed Form I-9s with data from the U.S. Department of Homeland…

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