CustomsNow exhibits at ICPA Conference in Atlanta — March 18-21

We’re excited to share our direct filing solutions with you in Atlanta!

We may be new to the neighborhood, but we’re not new to compliance. As long-time industry professionals, we know what it takes to design, implement and manage a world class direct filing program.  We’ve done it for some of the largest importers in the country and we can do it for you.

CustomsNow is the leading provider of ABI & AMS software and is unique in that we are both an ACE Certified ABI vendor and a fully licensed Customs Broker.  This combination allows us to support your import initiatives in a way that other software companies can’t.

Here’s what a few of our clients are saying…

“The added compliance, speed of filing and cost benefits has exceeded our expectations and we look forward to a continued partnership with CustomsNow.”  – Anthony Melendez, Director of Imports and Customs Compliance, Wet Seal / Arden B.

“The knowledge and integrity of the CustomsNow team was a major factor in our decision to self-file.  They made the system integration an easy process.  Within two months of implementation we were self-filing even more entries than anticipated, thus further reducing our entry fee cost outlay.”  – Larry Matthews, Director of International Trade and Customs Compliance, Medtronic.

CustomsNow – simply delivering you the best-in-class SaaS technology with real-world compliance experience, and the industry’s best support at a cost you’d be very happy with.

See you in Atlanta – booth 129!

CustomsNow to present “Import Basic Operations” for MGTA

Nic Adams and Randy Green, two executives with CustomsNow, will present an all-day seminar, “Import Basic Operations,” for the Midwest Global Trade Association on February 16.

This seminar will provide a basic overview of import operations including: requirements for documentation, compliance, recordkeeping, customs brokerage and classification/valuation.

The event will be held at King Solutions in Dayton, MN.

For more information, and to register, please click here.

Seminar on Korea, Panama, Columbia Free Trade Agreements

The Orange County (CA) branch of the Women In Trade organization is hosting a seminar and roundtable on February 9th on the US-Columbia, -Panama and -Korea trade promotion agreements which were signed into law on October 3,2011.  Although these agreements were scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2012, they have not yet been phased in.

The event, which will be moderated by Maryavis Bokal, a Senior International Trade Specialist at the US Deparment of Commerce, will discuss the highlights of these new agreements, and to answer the question of what does it mean for American businesses?

For more details, and to register, click here.

Free importer webinar on ACE courtesy notice report

As discussed in this blog last month, with the termination of paper courtesy notices of liquidation program,  CBP has reprogrammed ACE to allow an importer of record to establish its own ACE Portal Account to monitor entry filings made by a customs broker using the importer’s IOR number.

Now, Customs is offering guidance on running and managing these reports with a free webinar to be held next Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST.  Register for the webinar here.

For more information about the webinar, view US Customs’ official notice here.


Free webinar on Post Summary Corrections (PSC) in ACE

US Customs has announced a free webinar on the recently launched Post Summary Correction (PSC) functionality in ACE.  As reported in this blog on May 9, PSC functionality became available in June for entry ACE type 01 and 03 summaries filed in ACE.  One of the notable benefits of this new functionality is an importer’s ability to file electronic PSCs in ACE up to 270 days after the date of entry (currently 10 days if filing in ACS rather than ACE).

The webinar is scheduled for next Thursday, September 1, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST.  Although CBP issued FAQs on the new functionality (see our blog post of July 19), it is reaching out to the trade to submit questions in advance of the webinar to focus the presentation on key issues of concern.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Customs’ Importer Self-Assessment “ISA” Program

On Thursday, June 23, the Journal of Commerce is hosting a webinar on US Customs’ Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program.

As JOC put it,

It’s the time of year when CBP is selecting its potential importer candidates for a “Focused Assessment”–or “FA”– also known as a customs audit. The ISA program offers an alternative to the FA path for those importers who are ready for “self-governance.” Learn from CBP’s ISA Program Chief and industry representatives why ISA has gained momentum – as well as what’s required to become an ISA program participant.

For more details and to register, click here.

Unable to attend CBP’s Trade Symposium? Get presentations easily

US Customs’ annual two-day 2011 Trade Symposium, “Working Together to Strengthen Economic Competitiveness,” kicks off today in Washington, DC.  If you cannot be there in person, or attend the live webcast, you can still obtain copies of all presentations in PDF format.  Visit CBP’s Trade Symposium 2011 Presentations page, and download as many presentations as you wish.  As of the time of this posting, there are over 20 PDFs available, with more to follow.

Apparel importers & retailers – free webinar on California Prop 65

On March 28, from 2 – 3:00 PM EST, the American Apparel & Footwear Association is presenting a FREE webinar, “Understanding California Proposition 65,” which regulates substances officially listed by California as causing cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

According to AAFA:

California Proposition 65 is changing every month. With more than 400 judgments to date, manufacturers, distributors and retailers need to know how this affects their products….Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of apparel, footwear and other hardlines products are encouraged to attend this webinar to learn more about recent judgments regarding Proposition 65.

For more information and registration, click here.

CBP 2011 Trade Symposium update

As mentioned in our January 3 post, US Customs has scheduled its 2011 Trade Symposium, “Working Together to Strengthen Economic Competitiveness,”  for April 13-14 in Washington, DC.  The agency has recently provided updated information on its Trade Outreach website.

General Sessions include:

  • U.S. Trade a Top Priority
  • Interagency Cooperation: One Government Approach to the Border
  • CBP’s New Ways to Manage by Accounts: Pilots and Initiatives
  • Enhancing Air Cargo Security after Yemen: A case study in collaborative Supply Chain Security
  • A Smarter & Safer Border: Town Hall Meeting

Breakout sessions include:

  • Agriculture Mission
  • Border Issues/Initiatives
  • CBP Trade Strategy
  • In-bond
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Partnership Programs
  • Role of the Customs Broker
  • The National Export Initiative and FTZs
  • Using Today’s ACE Capabilities to the Full Potential
  • What’s Ahead for ACE (Cargo Release, ITDS, PSC and More)

To register for on-site attendance, click here.  To instead participate in the live webcast (including 30-day on-demand access, click here.

Complete details, including lodging options, are available here.

CSCMP San Diego – early registration savings end 8/31

August 31 is the last day to save $150 on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 2010 Annual Global Conference.  The event, which runs from September 26 – 29, will be held at the San Diego Convention Center.  Learn from global experts and network with thousands of colleagues.

Register now!