Customs Brokers are Vital

Customs Brokers Are Vital to Your Supply Chain Megan Montgomery, executive Vice President of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of American (NCBFAA) nailed it in her article published in American Shipper on October 9, 2017.  She states that Customs Brokers are “the most underappreciated actors […]

Processing Charitable Contributions for Hurricane Irma

Information derived from U.S. Customs Cargo Systems Messaging Service September 21, 2017  The following is a guide on how to process merchandise imported for relief efforts of Hurricane Irma, both for gifts accepted by FEMA via the IAS CONOPS* and those being imported by U.S. […]

Reminder that CBP bills for Supplemental Duties and More

  A notice from U.S. Customs and Border Protections Cargo Systems Messaging Service sent on August 4, 2017 states: “This is a reminder that CBP bills for supplemental duties, taxes and fees, or vessel repair duties are due thirty (30) days from the date of the […]

World Trade Bridge Mexico-USA Border

Operations to Resume on Monday The Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Border Crossing Bridge, otherwise known as The World Trade Bridge, was closed down after severe storms destroyed the area including U.S. and Mexico Customs offices on Sunday, May 21, 2017.  All traffic has been diverted to the […]

ACE Portal Reminders

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just recently sent a notice of reminders for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Portal. New Content To better serve ACE Portal users, CBP has updated information posted to With these updates, you will be better able to […]

Should the Customs Brokerage Function Ever be Moved In-House?

Original content derived from Givens & Johnston, PLLC From time to time companies importing ask us whether it is advisable to move their customs brokerage function in-house for the purpose of filing its own entries to save some money. Our answer is always “NO, don’t […]

ACE Portal Not Supported by ALL Operating Systems

ACE Portal not Accessible to OS older than Windows 7 U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the ACE Portal will not be accessible to users who operate computers that run operating systems older than Windows 7. Effective May 1, 2017 For more information about portal […]

President Trump chooses Kevin K. McAleenan

Acting Deputy is now Commissioner of CBP President Trump chooses Kevin K. McAleenan to be the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  According to American Shipper, “It is the first time in recent memory anyone in active service at the former Customs Service or […]

Regulatory Updates for January 1, 2017

Regulatory Updates  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) HTS Changes  The World Customs Organization has published new amendments to the Harmonized System Nomenclature, which will enter into force January 1, 2017. Changes include some commodities from the following sectors: agricultural, chemical, wood, textile, base metal, […]