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    GSP set to expire on July 31, 2013

    We are six weeks away from GSP expiration (July 31, 2013). It seems like it was just yesterday (2011) that we went through this process and here we are again. The reality is that the debate to renew GSP is … Continue reading

    Customs to begin issuing penalties for ISF non-compliance?

    I’m putting question marks on the title of this posting as CBP’s two sentence posting on the CSMS messaging systems has left many in the importing community waiting for details. Here is a copy of the CBP message in entirety: In order … Continue reading

    Hong Kong Terminal Strike Ends

    The Hong Kong dock worker strike finally ended yesterday with workers agreeing to a pay increase after a month long labor dispute. While there certainly were some vessel delays at the early stages of the strike, we hadn’t noticed any … Continue reading

    Not Out of the Woods Yet! ILA and USMX Still Negotiating on an East and Gulf Port Contract

    We had high hopes that the 11th hour agreement by the ILA and USMX on container royalties back at the end of December 2012 and the subsequent 30 day extension in the labor contract would lead to smooth sailing towards … Continue reading

    Stricter Enforcement of FDA Food Facility Registration Requirements under the FSMA

    We’ve noticed that one byproduct of the new biennial Food Facility Registration requirement is stricter enforcement of registration rules when filing Prior Notice (PN). We have seen FDA cracking down on PN filings. In particular, FDA seems to be taking … Continue reading