GSP Expiration – 4th Quarter 2017

The GSP program that provides duty free treatment for imported goods from certain countries will expire on midnight December 31, 2017 unless reauthorized by Congress before the deadline.

US FTZ Manufacturing: A History of Adaptation Should Inform Our Future – October 16, 2017

Over the course of modern history, many economic realities have incentivized companies to manufacture abroad instead of within the United States. Luckily, for decades forieign trade zones have played a critical role in helping US-based manufacturers comete against foreign-based production.

Brave New World – Navigating the Modernized In-Bond Regulations – 3rd Quarter 2017

On September 28th, the highly anticipated updated in-bond regulations were published in the Federal Register as a Final Rule set to take effect on November 27th, followed by a 90-day flexible enforcement period.

Exporting from a FTZ to Canada – Can the Canada CSA Program Benefit You? – 2nd Quarter 2017

One of the major benefits of the Foreign-Trade Zones (“FTZ”) program is the ability to eliminate U.S. duty payments on foreign goods that are admitted to the FTZ and subsequently exported in- bond. But can the benefit be even greater if the goods are exported to Canada?

CBP FTZ Audits & FTZ Board Compliance Spot Checks: Prepare Now– 1st Quarter 2017

Whether your company is new to the FTZ program or a “mature” FTZ operation, now is the time to undertake a comprehensive internal review of your FTZ and overall trade compliance in order to develop a true “audit preparedness” program and correct any identified compliance issues.

A Fresh Look at Security Guidelines – 4th Quarter 2016

While the trade community was knee deep in its work last year of implementing trade modernization through the transition to ACE, CBP also took the opportunity to “modernize” its guidelines on physical security at CBP bonded facilities.

A Deep Dive into FDA WEF for FTZs – 3rd Quarter 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) Weekly Entry Filing (“WEF”) procedure for Foreign Trade Zones (“FTZs”) was instituted in the mid-1990s to provide a vehicle to “expedite entry of repetitive shipments of ‘low risk’ merchandise from FTZs in the United States.”

The Current Situation: ACE, PGAs and FTZs – 2nd Quarter 2016

If your firm is an FTZ operator or user, you know firsthand the significant impact that ACE and PGA reporting requirements are having on our industry. By all accounts, the past 12 months have been a busy, often confusing time that’s been full of changes.

And Now For Something Completely Different…SOLAS (otherwise known as the Safety of Life at Sea Convention – 1st Quarter 2016

While the importing community is knee-deep in the on-going ACE implementation and deciphering Participating Government Agency requirements to meet upcoming deadlines, it is hard to believe that there could be other deadlines looming, but there are and this time it is for exports!

The Ace Portal, AES Filings, and You – 4th Quarter 2015

As the mandated transition to CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment (“ACE”) looms, trade has become all-too-familiar with the CBP catch phrase “Don’t Wait, Migrate!”, encouraging trade users to embrace the use of the ACE Portal.