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    MUST READ FOR FOOD IMPORTERS: FDA PUBLISHES PROPOSED RULE FOR FOREIGN SUPPLIER VERIFICATION PROGRAMS FOR IMPORTERS OF FOOD

    This is posting is a MUST READ for importers of food products (whether for humans or animals). 1.) The FDA published on July 26, 2013 a set of proposed regulations meant to help ensure that imported food meets the same level … Continue reading

    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