News & Insights from JAS Worldwide Compliance

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October 2017

JAS USA Foreign Trade Zone
October 9, 2017


The JAS USA Compliance team will be attending the NAFTZ Conference next week in San Diego, CA- USA

Here is the first clue - the Foreign Trade Zone pending activation is on the opposite coast from the NAFTZ Conference.  Activation appears to be very close.

Stay tuned for more information.

Questions?  Contact us today!

TSA Assists with Hurrican Recovery Efforts
October 3, 2017

In response to the September hurricanes, TSA has deployed about 1,100 members of its workforce to impacted areas. This number includes 500 people deployed to supplement local screening staff at airports and 660 volunteers who served on DHS's Surge Capacity Force to get aid directly to those in need. While waiting to know the extent of the damage, hundreds more have volunteered to help with the affected areas caused by Hurricane Maria.

Read the original article here.

Get More Information on DHS & FEMA Efforts

TSA Confiscates Firearms Around the Nation
October 3, 2017

During the week of September 13th, TSA discovered 70 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation. Out of the 70 firearms, 57 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and area. "Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000," stated an article by TSA, "Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure."

Read the original article here.

Get More Information on Transporting Firearms & Ammunition

Issuance of Wood Packing Material Penalty
October 3, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has advised that effective November 1, 2017, responsible parties with a documented Wood Packaging Material (WPM) violation may be issued a penalty.  The purpose of WPM is to prevent exotic timber pests.  The regulation states that "non-exempt wood packaging material imported into the United States must be treated at approved facilities at places of origin to kill harmful timber pests that may be present," stated an article by FEFPEB,  "The WPM must display a visible, legible, and permanent mark certifying treatment in at least two sides of the article."

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Tidbits October 2017
October 2, 2017

Happy Fall Season!

Halloween is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Halloween is an ancient tradition that today has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and dressing in costumes.

The U.S. Census Bureau has a few statistics to share about Halloween!

Did you know??

  • There are 44.1 million trick-or-treaters across the United States ages 5-14.
  • There are 118.8 million occupied housing units across the United States that are potential stops for trick-or-treaters.
  • 78.7% of U.S. Households agreed that their neighbors could be trusted.
  • 17.2% of U.S. House Holds think that their neighborhood has a lot of petty crime.  


  • Here is a sampling of occupations that one may dress up as for Halloween:
  • Registered nurses - 2,227,835
  • Physicians and surgeons - 715,361
  • Police and sheriff’s patrol officers - 662,619
  • Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers - 478,065
  • Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers - 376,460
  • Firefighters - 254,678
  • Athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers - 109,943
  • Dentists - 95,713
  • Actors - 13,079

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Webinars & Events October 2017
October 2, 2017

ATA Carnet 101 Webinar

Date:  November 8, 2017

Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

In this webinar, exporters will learn what an ATA Carnet is and why you should use one. They will also learn what countries accept ATA Carnets and how to clear an ATA Carnet with Customs.  This webinar is for the beginner or new to exporting U.S. small and medium size business.  

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Sanctions Webinar

Date:  December 5, 2017

Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

In this webinar, exporters will learn about sanction programs and the latest developments.  They will learn how government agencies regulate and enforce the various sanctions programs, licensing procedures, recent enforcement cases, high risk areas, red flags, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control licensing program.  This webinar is for the beginner or new to exporting U.S. small and medium size business.  

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Helpful Tips October 2017
October 2, 2017

What are the required Electronic Export Information (EEI / AES) Data elements?

There are several data elements required to properly complete an AES filing for export shipments.  CFR 15; 30.6 list the mandatory data elements.

Review the Full List Here

JAS Compliance Visits Branches for Audits
October 2, 2017
From left to right: Drew Pollitz (San Francisco Operations Manager), Tiffany Coffey (Corporate Compliance Specialist), Jorge Suarez (San Francisco Branch Manager)

JAS Corporate Compliance staff conducts internal compliance audits at each of our branches annually.  The purpose of the audit is designed to monitor and evaluate our internal control environment as to its adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness as it relates to customs compliance.

JAS Corporate Compliance also offers value added services for clients such as:

  • Client On-site audit and periodic review services.
  • HTS, valuation, marking, ruling, and specialized commodity consulting.
  • Customs Compliance Training (Import & Export)
  • CTPAT Import & Export Guidance
  • Collaboration in the development and maintenance of import & export compliance manuals

For more information on any of these services, please contact your local JAS Representative today!

Remarks to the NCBFAA Govt. Affairs Conference
October 2, 2017

In Washington D.C. at the National Customs Broker & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Government Affairs Conference (GAC), representatives of the association and government legislators sat down to discuss issues that matter to international trade.  Some of the issues that were discussed are:

  • NAFTA Renegotiation
  • The Customs Business Fairness Act
  • The Use of Harbor Maintenance Fees
  • Generalized System Preferences (GSP) Renewal

The GAC is a conference held annually.  In attendance from JAS Forwarding USA were Scott Cassell and Leah Ellis from corporate compliance.


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