Coast Guard Could Delay SOLAS VGM Mandate

While U.S. exporters have voiced serious concerns over the feasibility of complying with the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) mandate by the implementation deadline, it has now been revealed that the Coast Guard could choose to delay implementation of the

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Customs Reauthorization Bill Heads to Obama

On Thursday, February 11th, the U.S. Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644), the first overhaul of the United States’ Customs and Border Protection Agency in over 15 years. The legislation will give teeth

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CBP Announces Updated ACE Transition Timeline

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been actively tracking and assessing stakeholder readiness for the mandatory filing of all electronic entries and corresponding entry summaries in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). While significant progress has been made, continued concerns about

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Technical Problems with FDA Processing Through ACE

With the ACE February 28th deadline looming, many filers are reporting various technical problems involving FDA processing that are resulting in extreme issues across the board. To outline some examples: Messages are not returning to the filer’s software at all.

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New York and New Jersey Ports to Reopen Today

A settlement was reached by the International Longshoreman’s Association and the New York Stevedores Association at 7 pm on January 29th. As a result of the quick settlement, the New York and New Jersey Ports will resume normal operations on

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Labor Protest at New York & New Jersey Terminals

As of 10:53 this morning, longshoremen walked off the job at New York and New Jersey Ports due to an ongoing labor dispute. As a result, port officials are not allowing any new trucks to enter the New York and

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Port of Santos Choked with Chemical Explosion

A chemical explosion at the Santos Port in Brazil has led to the evacuation of workers and the closure of several terminals. The explosion occurred Thursday evening as more than a dozen flammable containers combusted, causing toxic smoke to be

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Mediterranean Shipping Announces New Demurrage, Detention, and Per Diem

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced a new tariff for calculating container demurrage, detention, and per diem effective December 5, 2015 for all U.S. ports. Demurrage is defined as the free time that the carrier and terminal provide for a container

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How Exporters Can ACE AESDirect!

How will ACE affect AES Direct Portal for exporter? Within the coming few months, the AESDirect Portal will go live in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). All exporters must have an ACE account to access the new AESDirect system, to

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Are You Ready for ACE Compliance?

Check out our ACE FAQ guide to help answer your import and export questions! What is ACE? The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the primary system or “single window” for the international trade community to submit import and export data to

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