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U.S. Customs and Border Protection automated systems electronically support the facilitation of importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports, and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations. Customs and Border Protection has issued a date of February 28 for a large majority of Participating Government Agency entries to take place.
JAS Forwarding USA has been working diligently for months on the ACE transition and was one of the first brokers to ever file using the ACE system. The new ACE platform will be a robust system when complete, but it has had its share of ups and downs during the production process. It has been a rocky road getting ACE to fruition. There have been deployments that have not worked correctly and have caused major headaches for the industry as well as delays in programming being delivered by CBP to the software providers. This then causes delays to the industry. Some programming will be delivered by CBP to the software providers the day before the cut over.
JAS will continue to work through these issues and currently participates in several pilots with CBP such as FDA, DOT and the Lacey Act. While U.S. Customs & Border Protection has until the deadline of February 28th, JAS Compliance is currently taking part in daily conference calls with CBP, participating in webinars and attending meetings and classes regularly to ensure that JAS Forwarding USA is ready.
“I have been in the business for a very long time and I clearly remember the first day I heard about ACE over a decade ago and thought ‘wow, this would be a great tool.’ I have watched and listened to CBP discuss ACE and what it can do for years. The time is finally here. It has been a rocky road but JAS will do everything we can to ensure that we are ready.” says Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Compliance Officer, JAS Forwarding USA, Inc.
For more information: http://www.ncbfaa.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/userfiles/uploads/second_ACE_letter.pdf
On February 28, 2016, U.S. Custom and Border Protection is mandating all entries with the FDA and must be filed as ACE Entry Summary and ACE Cargo Release. With the integration of ACE Cargo Release, several of the PGA’s (Other Government Agencies) are requiring more information. FDA is one of these PGA’s which is requiring more accurate information on entries.
FDA is now requiring a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet Number) for both the Importer and Shipper. If a Shipper does not have a DUNS, the shippers FEI number should be submitted. If the Importer does not have a DUNS, they will be required to apply for one in order to process the entry.
Please read the attached advisory for further information.
The United States and European nations have changed certain conditions of the oil and financial sanctions on Iran and released roughly $100 billion of its assets after international inspectors concluded that the country had followed through on promises to dismantle large sections of its nuclear program. The changes are mostly financial related and the majority of them are for companies outside of the USA that may be a subsidiary of a US company. This is not an indication that it is acceptable for a U.S. Company to do business in Iran. You should consult an attorney before considering trade with Iran to ensure you can comply with any regulations.
"Relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase. It is an important day for the international community. I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality," said Director General Yukiyo Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
To read more on Iran Sanctions Lifted: http://www.alston.com/advisories/iran-sanctions-relief/
Did you know that Customs and Border Protection requires a minimum of 16 data elements on a commercial invoice for entry processing? Please review the commercial invoice requirements to see a full detailed description of what the requirements are.
Download the Fully Detailed Description of Commercial Invoice Requirements
Complying with U.S. Export ControlsDate: February, 17-18, 2016
Location: Tampa, Florida
The 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.
Interactive Export Workshop: DC 2016 Intermediate/Advanced Level
Date: April 5-6, 2016
Location: Alexandria, VA
This workshop will help experienced export compliance practitioners take their compliance knowledge and their company's compliance program to a higher level. Successful participants will possess a good basic understanding of export controls.