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Atlanta GA, 30328
United States
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January 2018

Triennial Reports are Due in 2018
January 2, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the submission span for the 2018 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee for all licensed customs brokers will open on December 15, 2017. Every licensed broker is required to file a Status Report with CBP every three years.

This year, CBP is encouraging all brokers to submit the report electronically via Pay.gov. Pay.gov is the fastest and most convenient way to make secure electronic payments to Federal Government Agencies. Pay.gov accepts credit card, debit card and digital wallet (i.e. PayPal and Amazon Pay) payments with no additional fees for any payments. All receipts are provided electronically. ​

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Surprise Delivery at the Customs Border
January 2, 2018

On Thursday, December 21, McAllen customs agents near Mission, Texas encountered a female Honduran national in distress. The woman was going into labor. While coordinating with a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician over the radio, agents were able to deliver the child. The mother and child were transported to the local hospital. The mother and child remain in stable condition.

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JAS Charleston is an Approved Foreign Trade Zone
January 2, 2018

Effective December 2017, the JAS Charleston branch has been approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)!  This is the first FTZ within JAS!  Foreign Trade Zones are secure areas under Customs and Border Protection supervision that are generally considered outside of CBP territory upon activation.  Foreign and domestic merchandise may be moved into the zones for operation, not otherwise prohibited by law including storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacturing and processing.  Under zone procedures, the usual formal CBP entry procedures and payments of duties are not required on the foreign merchandise unless and until it enters CBP territory for domestic consumption.  For more information on the JAS FTZ, please contact your local JAS Representative!

Webinars & Events - January 2018
January 2, 2018

Technology Controls

Date:  January 25, 2018

Location:  Houston, TX

This intermediate level session will offer a comprehensive look at how to comply with the U.S. export and re-export controls relating to technology and software. Discussion will focus on the regulatory requirements relating to technology and software, including what is considered an export or re-export of technology or software; the kinds of technology and software subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); how to determine the Export Control Classification Number; what license exceptions are available; and the unique application requirements of technology and software. BIS technical and policy specialists also will discuss important export control issues that may arise in the employment of foreign nationals and for foreign items incorporating, or produced from, controlled U.S.-origin software and technology.

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Complying with U.S. Export Controls

Date:  February 6-7, 2018              

Location:  San Diego, CA

This two-day program is led by BIS's professional counselling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods.

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Helpful Tips - January 2018
January 2, 2018

Customs and Border Protection has released an updated Informed Compliance Publication on what every member of the trade community should know.

(Document no longer available).

Tidbits January 2018
January 2, 2018

What is the top exported product from the United States?

In December 2017, the census bureau recorded that the US shipped $1.454 USD worth of goods around the globe in 2016.  That is a 37.6% increase since 2009 during the time of the Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks.  The top 10 products exported from the United States are as follows:

  1. Machinery including computers: US$190.5 billion (13.1% of total exports)
  2. Electrical machinery, equipment: $167.2 billion (11.5%)
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $134.6 billion (9.3%)
  4. Vehicles: $124.3 billion (8.5%)
  5. Mineral fuels including oil: $94.7 billion (6.5%)
  6. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $82.0 billion (5.6%)
  7. Plastics, plastic articles: $58.4 billion (4.0%)
  8. Gems, precious metals: $57.8 billion (4.0%)
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $47.1 billion (3.2%)
  10. Organic chemicals: $33.9 billion (2.3%)
Generalized System of Preferences is Now Expired
January 2, 2018

The 2015 GSP reauthorization (H.R. 1295) is now expired.  The expiration date was December 31, 2017. JAS will continue to indicate GSP on all eligible entries after expiration in preparation for a retroactive renewal.

U.S. Customs Fee Changes Effective Jan 1, 2018
December 8, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omni Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 that will take effect on January 1, 2018.  These changes relate to the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) for each entry.

​Please see the client advisory notification for details on the user fee changes:



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