National Commodity Specialist Division Webinar Training Schedule Announced



In a surprise move (at least it was a surprise to us!), as broadcasted today through CSMS #18-000212,  CBP announced that their National Import Specialists will be presenting several webinars to educate the Trade on how to classify certain commodities.

The webinars, over 40 in all, will begin in April 2018 and End in July, 2018.  The complete list of scheduled seminars & dates are found here.  

Interested in attending?  Here’s how…

Click on the following link and sign in with your company and/or name.

CustomsNow strongly encourages importers to review the list of webinars and to attend any that are relevant to your business. It is not known, at this time, whether or not the Trade will have the opportunity to ask questions during the training.

CBP Hosting Triennial Status Report and Fee Electronic Submission Webinar


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As a follow up to our earlier blog…..Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced earlier today the submission period for the 2018 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee for all licensed customs brokers will open December 15, 2017.

CBP is hosting a webinar on December 13 at 3:00 p.m. EST to help clarify the paperless submission process. All members are encouraged to join to ensure their submissions are properly filed.


2017 CBP East Coast Trade Symposium Registration Open Now


CBP East Coast Symposium has been announced.  CBP announced this year’s east coast symposium will be in Atlanta, GA, December 5th & 6th 2017.

What’s on the agenda?

Section 321, also known as the De Minimis shipments is the hot topic. Because of the explosion of e-commerce and low-value shipments coming into the US with the corresponding De Minimus amount raised to $800 we expect to hear more about this at the top of the agenda.

Hopes are that CBP is planning on allowing the Trade to declare these shipments via ABI soon which will allow for better screening and easier declarations for the Trade.

Read the CSMS message here

Register for the symposium here


CustomsNow Bootcamp – ISF “how to”


Ever wonder how EASY it is to file an ISF and how EASY it is to automate the filing? 

Well, now courtesy of the experts at CustomsNow, you can find out first-hand. Please join us on June 29th, 1:00 pm CST, so we can take the mystery out of this process for you.

Spend an hour with CustomsNow experts to see the filing process firsthand, then stick around for the Q&A.

Direct file made easy and accurate with incredible cost savings!  “It’s what we do and we do it well”.  Hope you join us.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CCS Credits from the NCBFAA.

Develop the knowledge of your compliance team!

Space is limited.  Register today!

Free JOC webcast: Case study of Top 100 importers

container shipThe annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters report is one of the most extensive products The Journal of Commerce produces. Based on exclusive research, it analyzes the largest global companies shipping containerized goods to and from the US — essential information for shippers, carriers, and third-party logistics providers.

This webcast, the first in a two-part series, will analyze the makeup and dynamics of the Top 100 US Importers and the factors driving inbound trade. It also will look ahead to the rest of 2017 and the regulatory, economic, and transportation issues US importers face.

Thursday, June 15th at 2pm EDT (75 minutes)


Free supply chain fraud & integrity webinar tomorrow 5/17

USFIA logo_CMYKFrom our friends at the United States Fashion Industry Association:

International supply chains are made up of a diverse range of actors including contract/joint-venture/owned manufacturers; transportation providers, warehouse operators; customs brokers; and related and third party distributors. Cases of bribery, misappropriation of funds, smuggling, and customs fraud can have a very significant financial and reputational impact on a company.

USFIA’s Premier Partner PwC will share their experience on supply chain and anti-bribery compliance, business partner management, and thoughts on how technology could be used to assist on this.

NOTE: This webinar will take place at 8:30 AM ET to accommodate our speakers in China. This webinar will be recorded and distributed to everyone who registers–so register even if you can’t join live!

May 17th, 2017 8:30 AM through 9:00 AM
Online via Go2Webinar
Phone: 202-419-0444
USFIA Member (Must Have Valid Member Company Email Address) $ 0.00
Non-Member Brand, Retailer, Importer, or Manufacturer $ 0.00
Non-Member Service Provider $ 95.00



Get the latest scoop on CBP’s Simplified Processes Initiative

On March 24, the NCBFAA sponsored a webinar on the Simplified Processes Initiative, presented by Randy Mitchell, Director, Commercial Operations and Entry Division, US Customs Office of Trade Policy & Programs.  Here’s a summary:

In 2011, CBP launched the Simplified Processes Initiative, a collaborative effort to develop innovative solutions to critical issues emerging at the intersection of trade facilitation, enforcement, and national security.  An early success was the implementation of the Simplified Entry (Cargo Release) pilot aimed at simplifying the importation process.

CBP reengaged the Simplified Processes Initiative in 2014 to advance border security and management; enhance U.S. competitiveness by enabling lawful trade and travel; and promote organizational innovation.

A Simplified Processes Working Group was established to identify challenges and discuss potential solutions to critical trade needs; gather requirements; and develop a proposed alternative. To date the group has identified five post-release areas of opportunity:

Monthly Summaries and National Statements

  • Filers may submit a monthly summary that includes releases over a calendar months’ time.
  • Each line of a monthly summary is considered a “reconfigured entry” that is subject to liquidation, protest and any other downstream process.
  • A separate National Financial Monthly Statement will include debits (duties, taxes, fees, bills and interest) and credits (refunds) netted as a total balance due for a calendar month.

If an importer elected to participate they would receive only one statement per month covering all ports of entry and there would be no Daily Statements to approve.  Also, the statements could include both Debits and Credits.


  • Allow for deemed liquidation of all consumption entries at one (1) year from the date of entry.
  • Implement processes to accommodate line-level liquidation.
  • Allow for the importer to obtain liquidation status details from their ACE portal account or

This will allow lines within an entry to liquidate without having to wait for lines subjected to AD/CVD case reviews to be resolved.  Also, it would benefit Drawback filings since they are also filed at the line-level.


  • Transition the protest process to an electronic format (this has already occurred and all Protests must now be filed in the ACE Portal.)
  • Expand the electronic protest filing to a broader range of trade stakeholders such as attorneys, importers, and sureties.
  • Auto-populate numerous Entry Summaries onto one protest while providing protest statuses on ACE.


  • File all reconciliation data electronically and only with necessary data elements.
  • Eliminate the requirement of having to file an 09 entry and extend liquidation for flagged entries/lines an extra year from the date of entry.
  • Manage reconciliation by account and permit filing at any Center or POE.

The vision is that Reconciliation entries will be replaced with Post Summary Corrections.  One of the biggest benefits would be that the Trade would only need to provide the reconciled amounts and not the original amounts since ACE already knows the original amounts.  Also, if no PSC is made, it indicates no changes are needed on the reconciled entry and is then subjected to liquidation. Finally, the process would allow a filer to retroactively flag/un-flag an entry/line through a PCS in ACE up to the deemed liquidation date.


  • Develop a process for the claimant to submit a “drawback profile” electronically along with automating other Drawback processes in ACE.
  • Track/validate if the bond coverage is sufficient prior to processing an Accelerated Payment requests.
  • Initiate the Desk Review and response processes electronically, to include DIS.

ACE controls will track and validate if the bond coverage is sufficient prior to processing an Accelerated Payment Request.  Drawback profiles will be submitted electronically using the 5106 form.

These process improvements are continuing to be reviewed and approved as necessary and are subject to budget approval.  Therefore, there is no firm date on when they will be rolled out.   Meanwhile, here’s the PowerPoint presentation from the webinar > Simplified Process Initiative_Webinar_March_2017

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CBP offering free Simplified Processes Initiative webinar

The Simplified Processes Initiative (SPI) is an effort to develop a transformation strategy to optimize the process of importing goods through collaboration with the trade and CBP.

Click here to view a summary of the information that presenter Randy Mitchell, Director, Commercial Operations and Entry Division, Office of Trade, Trade Policy and Programs will cover during this free webinar on March 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.


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ACE: Free FDA webinar 1/31 to review Supplemental Guide 2.5



FDA and CBP will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time to review updates to FDA’s Supplemental Guidance for ACE Version 2.5 and the related PGA Samples.  FDA will go over updates to the Implementation Guide that will go into Production on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  FDA will also address the trade’s questions during the webinar.



(Note: Registrants will also be able to submit questions in advance via the registration link.)


Free NCBFAA webinar on 1/17: “Trade Perspectives Under President Trump”











From our friends at NCBFAA:

Countdown to the Inauguration: 

Trade Perspectives Under President Trump

Following up on NCBFAA’s well-attended post-election webinar on the direction of trade in the new Trump Administration, this presentation will attempt to pull together information that has emerged since then and try to plot with more precision what those signals might mean for the trade community.  Decisions have not been finalized in many instances, though conjecture is rife.  Hear how we make sense of it all.

Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from industry experts by joining NCBFAA’s Legislative Representative Jon Kent and NCBFAA Legislative Committee Chair Charles Riley on January 17 from 12 to 1 p.m. ET. for this free, informative webinar!

Attendance is worth one CCS/CES credit.