Port of LA is top US gateway for which 6 imports?


The Irvine Chamber of Commerce recently held a seminar, “Beyond the Numbers: Air & Sea Cargo Trends,” which included a particularly compelling presentation:  “Trade Matters: How Los Angeles Trades With The World.”

There are many intriguing statistics about the Port of LA, including those included on the following slide:

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Check out the complete PowerPoint presentation for even more facts and figures about LA imports >>  LATradeStats2016.

NCBFAA comments to CBP’s proposed electronic notice of liquidation rules



In follow up to our recent post regarding US Customs’ proposal to modernize the paper-based Notice of Liquidation process by making it a paperless electronic system, NCBFAA has submitted comments to the proposed regulations.  The comments are generally supportive of CBP’s efforts, but include suggestions to improve the new process:


  • The NCBFAA supports the posting of liquidation information to the www.CBP.gov website provided that the link is indeed conspicuous. In this regard, we believe that the regulation should specify that the liquidation link will be visible on the CBP home page so that it is indeed conspicuous and remains so without regard to current or future website design. The trade should not have to search the website to locate the liquidation link.
  • The commentary to the NPRM provides that once the liquidation information has been posted electronically, the information will be available on www.cbp.gov for a minimum of 15 months. This commitment is not echoed in the draft regulation and it should be. This is critical for issues relating to the timeliness of claims and jurisdiction in the Court of International Trade. Similarly, the process for requesting access to notices that are no longer available on the website should be codified in the regulations.
  • The NPRM proposes to modify section 159.9(c)(2)(i) but continue to provide that for entries that liquidate by operation of law, notice “will be posted on www.cbp.gov within a reasonable period after each liquidation by operation of law.” In the electronic environment, CBP has the ability to post these liquidations immediately when they occur. There is no longer a basis for delayed notification and the regulation should be revised to provide that notice of liquidation for these entries will be posted on the date of liquidation. There is no basis to distinguish these entries from entries which are manually liquidated.



Free webinar: Get a head start on what President Trump plans for trade


From our friends at NCBFAA:

The recent election of Donald J. Trump as President caught many by surprise and raised many questions about our future trade policies within the global community. Some of the President-elect’s signature comments, such as renegotiating NAFTA and addressing unfair trade policies could have a profound effect on international trade.  Please join the webinar to hear our analysis of what took place on Election Day and the following days, and hear about our prospects as an industry.

November 22, 2016
Noon to 1 PM ET
1 CCS/CES Credit



CSCMP 5th Annual Women (and Men) Leaders in Supply Chain in LB on December 7!

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From our friends at the Southern California Roundtable of CSCMP.

The 5th Annual Women (and Men) Leaders in Supply Chain event will provide career insight for professionals and students. Both women and men will benefit from our four experienced panelists and moderator.  SoCal CSCMP will award its 2016 scholarships to students selected from area universities.

A festive reception will follow, featuring tasty heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a cash bar and networking. 

The Grand Event Center

4101 E. Willow Street

Long Beach, CA 90815


Check in: 2:30 PM

Program : 3:00 PM

Reception : 5:00 PM


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CBP’s ACE Status Update Call now will be weekly


Per CSMS #16-000952

In response to the reduced volume of incoming questions on the ACE Status Update Call, beginning on Tuesday, November 22, the ACE Status Update Call will become a weekly call held on Tuesdays at 2:00PM EST. As CBP approaches the targeted deployment of post-release capabilities to ACE in January 2017, the ACE Business Office will reevaluate the needs of the trade community and increase the frequency of the calls, if necessary.

For those already included in the email invitation for the ACE Status Update Call, the invitation will be updated to reflect this schedule change. If you have not received the email invitation and would like to be added, please email AskACE@cbp.dhs.gov and request to be included.

Call-in information:  1-877-336-1828, call ID 6124214.

Food importers: Avoid risk and create your Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) now!

produceUnder new FDA regulations, US food importers for the first time must ensure that imported food for humans and animal is as safe as domestically produced food.

Promulgated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the rules set parameters for foreign supplier verification programs (FSVPs) that importers must create and follow to safeguard the nation’s food supply.  Importers must have an FSVP program implemented by May 2017.

When the regulations were proposed in 2013, the FDA press release stated that

“[t]he new measures respond to the challenges of food safety in today’s global food system.  Imported food comes into the United States from about 150 different countries and accounts for about 15 percent of the U.S. food supply, including about 50 percent of the fresh fruits and 20 percent of the fresh vegetables consumed by Americans.”

If you fail to comply with the new rules, it could result in disruption of your supply chain, delays in entry processing, and in some cases, the exclusion of your products from the U.S. marketplace.

Act now, since there is “little time to design, test and implement a Foreign Supplier Verification Plan,” warned the FDA’s former Director of Import Operations Domenic J. Veneziano.  He also cautioned the new regulations are broad in applicability, “and include the actual CBP importer, as well as the owner or consignee of food being offered for import, and even the U.S. agent of the importer.”  Further, Veneziano noted that the rules apply to large and smaller importers, and you should check to see if you qualify for a specific exemption from the FSVP requirements.




The proposed rules also call for an accreditation program for third-party auditors of imported food.

ACE: CBP needs your testimonials for documentation of achievements

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From the ACE Business Office…


Trade Support Network:

At a November 9th TLC meeting Josephine Baiamonte mentioned that the ACE Business Office is preparing documentation on ACE achievements as we approach the December 2016 deadline.  As the trade has been a pivotal partner in the development of ACE we are asking the TLC to provide us with testimonials, success stories, etc., on how ACE has changed their processes for the better and which specific tools they are now using successfully in ACE.   Please reach out to your trade associates, associations, etc., to gather this information.  Your testimonial may be used in public documents we are preparing to list ACE achievments.

Please send you testimonials to Frank Korpusik at frank.j.korpusik@cbp.dhs.gov and Chris Mabelitini at christopher.mabelitini@cbp.dhs.gov by cob Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  Let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you very much.

Frank Korpusik

Contractor, CBP ACE Business Office

Office: 571-468-5477

Cell: 703-624-3915


ACE: Free webinar on FWS filer requirements




The Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) External Engagement Committee will be hosting a webinar for the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on 11/18/16 at 1:00 pm (Eastern). The webinar will be covering filer requirements for FWS ACE Implementation.




ACE: instructions below for transmitting various FDA commodities









Per US Customs CSMS #16-000946:

Please follow the instructions below for transmitting various FDA commodities:

  • For Medical Devices (Government Agency Program Code “DEV”) only product codes with Industry Codes 73-92 are allowed in PG02.
  • For Radiation-Emitting Products, (Government Agency Program Code RAD) only product codes with Industry Codes 94-97 are allowed in PG02.
  • For Program Code animal-use devices, (Government Agency Processing Code “ADE”) only product codes with Industry Code 68 are allowed in PG02.
  • For Cosmetics, (Government Agency Program Code “COS”) only product codes with industry code 50 or 53 are allowed in PG02.

This information will be added to the next version of FDA’s Supplemental Guide.

Please direct any FDA ACE technical questions to ACE_Support@fda.hhs.gov.