Importer Knowledge Base 

FDA to Accept Drug Facility Inspections by Eight European Countries

The Food and Drug Administration announced Oct. 31 that it will recognize drug regulatory authorities in Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom as capable of conducting inspections of manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that by partnering with these countries the FDA can “create greater
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Post Summary Corrections Deadline Extended by CBP

In a general notice dated November 1, 2017, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced they will extend the deadline for filing post summary corrections (PSC). The new deadline requires a PSC within “300 days of the date of entry or 15 days prior to the scheduled liquidation date, whichever is earlier.” Previously, PSCs needed
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Canadian Vehicles Eligible Under Tentative DOT Decision

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requesting comments by Nov. 8 on a tentative decision that the following vehicles that do not comply with all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards but are certified by their original manufacturer as complying with all applicable Canadian motor vehicle safety standards are eligible for
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Poultry Imports from Japan Allowed Under USDA Rule

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 16, recognizes Japan as being free of highly pathogenic avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Based on a risk evaluation APHIS has determined that that surveillance, prevention, and control measures implemented by Japan are sufficient to minimize the
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Court Penalizes Importer for Misclassification

In an Oct. 12 decision the Court of International Trade ruled that an importer was grossly negligent in misclassifying numerous entries of footwear and ordered it to pay more than $1.5 million in unpaid duties. However, the court said more information is needed to determine whether the importer’s president and CEO is personally liable for
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FDA Import Communication System Gets Account Management Functionality

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the functionality in its Import Trade Auxiliary Communication System to include account management features. ITACS basic functionality was released in August 2011 and enables the import trade community to check the status of FDA-regulated entries and lines, electronically submit entry documentation and the location of goods availability for
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Food Facility Recordkeeping and Records Access Requirements Under Review

The Food and Drug Administration is inviting comments through Oct. 23 on the proposed extension of a collection of information associated with the requirement for persons who manufacture, process, pack, hold, receive, distribute, transport, or import food in the U.S. to establish and maintain records identifying the immediate previous sources and immediate subsequent recipients of
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World Trade Bridge Now at 100 Percent

After the May storm, the World Trade Bridge is now operating at 100%. The heavy winds and rain suspended operations at the World Trade Bridge. After months of cleaning and repairing the bridge and surrounding area, the World Trade Bridge is now operating at 100%.
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Electronic Import Information Under Review by USDA

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 11 on the proposed extension without change of information collections regarding electronic import inspection. FSIS requires foreign governments to submit information in addition to the foreign establishment and inspection certificates for foreign establishments to be permitted to export product to the
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Texas Southern Broker Conference

The Laredo Brokers Association is proud to announce the inaugural Southern Border Conference (hereafter “SBC”) comprised of the West Texas/New Mexico Customs Brokers Association, the Brownsville Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers and the Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association. Together with the Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents, it shall be hosted in Laredo, Texas, at the historic
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