Today! Free webinar on process simplification in the Customs Reauthorization Bill


Free webinar today from 2-3 PM Eastern, hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and OHL.


In February, President Obama signed the Trade Faciliation & Enforcement Act — a/k/a the Customs Reauthorization Bill — into law. The legislation does much more than simply reauthorize US Customs, and several provisions will have an impact on brands and retailers.

Join OHL’s Mary Jo Muoio, Senior Vice President of Trade Services, and Penny Ricas, Vice President of Global Account Management, as they dive deeper into the TFTEA with a focused review of the legislation’s process simplification provisions.

CBP, along with trade working groups, have developed over 60 recommendations to improve the import process starting from the vetting of Trusted Trader programs, to filing an entry summary, the finalization of drawback claims, to liquidating entries. Hear about these concepts and consider how they can impact your business.

This webinar will be eligible for CCS credit by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). Please provide your identification number when you register if you would like to receive the credit.

This webinar will be recorded and distributed to everyone who registers.




Today, June 30th, 2016 2:00 PM through 3:00 PM Eastern
Online via Go2Webinar
Phone: 202-419-0444

Quota entry types must be filed in ACE as of July 23



From US Customs’ CSMS #16-000531:


  • Beginning July 23, 2016, trade parties will be required to submit electronic entries and entry summaries for additional entry types to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  Electronic entries and entry summaries associated with the following entry types will be accepted and mandated in ACE: 02, 07, 12, 21, 22, 31, 32, 34, and 38.
  • Filing of electronic entries and entry summaries associated with entry types 06 and 23 were previously mandated in ACE if they did not include quota merchandise.  Filing of these transactions with quota merchandise will also be mandated on July 23, 2016.
  • For more information on the timeline and implications of the cutover from ACS to ACE for quota, visit CBP’s ACE Features Page.  The Quota Information Notice can be found here.


Expanded Panama Canal opens!

panamacanalThe newly expanded Panama Canal opened to much fanfare this past weekend:

  • The first ship that made it through the locks and completed the 50-mile journey from Atlantic to Pacific was the Chinese-owned Cosco Shipping Panama
  • 85 percent of the 166 reserved crossings scheduled for the next three months are for container ships. Container cargo accounts for nearly 50 percent of the canal’s overall income
  • However, factors that can negatively affect the canal’s traffic and include global shipping due to the drop in oil prices, an economic slowdown in China, which is the canal’s second-largest customer, and other factors that have hit the waterway’s traffic and income
  • While canal authorities anticipate increasing commerce between Asia and ports on the U.S. East Coast, it’s not at all settled that all those ports are ready to handle the huge New Panamex-class cargo ships

ACE reporting: new training videos available on

Per CSMS# 16-000523, US Customs has posted a new series of videos on ACE Reporting to  The videos cover a range of seal_acetopics to support both new and advanced reports users, including:

— Accessing ACE Reports
— Setting Default Preferences– Navigating ACE Reports– Navigating the Workspace

— Running Standard Reports

— Saving and Exporting a Reports

— Modifying Report Queries

— Modifying Display of a Report

— Modifying Query Filters

— Creating Ad Hoc Reports

— Scheduling a Recurring Report

These videos are posted here.  (Hint:  Scroll to the bottom for ACE reporting videos)

NCBFAA provides update on SOLAS


Important SOLAS update from our friends at NCBFAA:

SOLAS will become effective next week. There has been a flurry of compliance processes and requirements published by Vessel Carriers, NVOCC’s and Marine Port Terminals. NCBFAA continues to collect and post these notices keeping in mind many are changing as we speak. We are seeing an interesting trend develop which may change previously posted notices.

On June 16, 2016, the Federal Maritime Commission publically and strongly encouraged the ocean carrier community to accept already available weights as provided by the Marine Terminals to lessen the burden on shippers. The notice further supports the Coast Guard’s position that the United States currently complies with providing accurate weights, the ultimate purpose of SOLAS. The full notice is available here.

OCEMA, an association of 19 major carriers have released a statement supporting the use of terminal scales to obtain the Verified Gross Mass (VGM). This change of heart has come about due to tireless efforts of our NCBFAA Counsel, officers, committee members and other associations, including the shipping community.

While this is a wonderful trend, it does not mean that shippers are not required to provide the VGM to those carriers and marine terminals who haven’t yet agreed to weigh and accept the VGM from other sources. NCBFAA will continue to collect and post notices on our website. To assist our OTI membership, the Transportation Committee has developed this VGM submission form that may be utilized by shippers to supply the VGM to those carriers requiring submission. The Committee also updated the SLI form to reflect these regulatory changes.

Please continue to check with each individual carrier and terminal on their requirements to ensure your clients are in compliance.

Updated ACE resources posted on


ACE is happening.  Learn more now!  CBP has recently posted new and updated information concerning ACE and PGAs on The updated information includes:


ISF: CBP defers to local ports on enforcement, ends “3 strikes” policy



Per CSMS #16-000499:

  • For shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) claims to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach to LD claims against importers’ bonds will also end. There is no change to cargo holds for ISF non-compliance; ports may hold cargo instead of (or in addition to) initiating LD claims.
  • If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may send them to

Steel industry to host import seminar for CBP, importers in LA/LB port



The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach will host an updated Steel Identification, Classification and Trade Law Seminar on July 20 and 21, conducted by technical, commercial and legal experts from the steel industry.  The target audience includes CBP and PGA officials as well as the trade.

For those who have previously attended similar seminars in Houston and other ports, please note that the program has been signficantly modified, revised and restructured since then, including new material on fraud, circumvention and evasion and other current issues.

Registration and other details available here >LA:LB Steel Identification, Classification and Trade Law Seminar, July 20-21, 2016

FDA to give “priority processing” to ACE entries, implement production calls with trade

As posted here previously, US Customs is mandating filing in ACE for select FDA entry types as of tomorrow, June 15, 2016.  In addition to establishing a 24/7 ACE support center, FDA is taking further, significant steps to assist the trade in the transition to ACE, including:

  • Institution of “production calls”
    • a meeting between the FDA, the entry filer and the entry filer’s software vendor (preferably) to walk through an entry that is being submitted via ACE
    • Production calls allow FDA and the entry filer to talk about the entry submission in real time
  • Priority processing of ACE entries
    • The average processing time for manual review and release of ACE submitted entries is 25% faster than the average processing time for manual review and release of ACS submitted entries
    • slide1When review of documents is necessary, processing time from when documents are requested to the release of ACE submitted entries is 33% faster than for ACS submitted entries, resulting in a savings of 1 ¼ days of processing time