U.S. Imposes More Sanctions on Russia

The United States has moved to impose more sanctions on Russia to address that country’s continuing policy of destabilization in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Today’s Federal Register has a notice adding controls on certain items for use in Russia’s

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GSP Update

As most of you know, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program expired July 31, 2013. The average liquidation cycle is about 10 months, so entries made in August 2013 will be liquidating shortly. The question has come up if

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Enforcement of New Foreign Trade Regulations Delayed 180 Days

As outlined in our April Shap Talk, new export regulations went into effect on April 5, 2014. These updated regulations encompass reporting an ultimate consignee type, reporting a license value, and declarations for used self-propelled vehicles, port of export, split

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CBP Reopens 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium Registration

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened online registration today at 12:00 pm ET for the 2014 East Coast Trade Symposium.  The event, originally postponed in October due to the government shutdown, will be held on March 6-7, at the Washington

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Customs Reschedules JFK Seminar on Toys and Festive Articles

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in JFK has announced a new date for the toys and festive articles seminar that was postponed in October due to the government shutdown. The new date will be Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the

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U.S. Government Reopens. What the trade community can expect now.

After a shutdown that lasted over two weeks, the U.S. government reopened on Thursday October 17th.  Trade support offices are now open and websites that were previously suspended are now operational, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule on the International Trade

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Customs Postpones the 2013 East Coast Trade Symposium

U.S. Customs has announced the postponement of their East Coast Trade Symposium, previously scheduled for October 24-25, 2013, in Washington, D.C. They cited the protracted lapse in appropriations as significantly impacting their ability to prepare for and commit the resources

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Government Shutdown Update

The following is an update from various sources regarding the current government shutdown. U.S. Customs – CBP operations are proceeding as normal. Ports of entry are open and clearance of cargo is ongoing with minimal impact according to Customs. Cargo

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Government Shutdown Update

We have heard from numerous sources today regarding the U.S. government shutdown and are providing the following update. U.S. Customs – CBP operations are proceeding as normal. There may be delays in post entry functions such as protest review. The

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Impact of U.S. Government Shutdown

The United States government shut down at midnight on September 30th. The services of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are not expected to be affected as they are considered essential. Cargo will continue to clear. U.S. Customs duties are

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