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    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

    Impact of Terminal Strike in Hong Kong on the U.S. Import & Export Community

    As many U.S. importers and exporters are aware, laborers at Hongkong International Terminal (HIT) have been on strike for the past twelve days. ┬áHIT actually runs five of the eleven terminals in Hong Kong. The result of the strike has … Continue reading

    Sequestration: How will it affect Imports and Exports?

    As a part of the budget sequestration process that began on March 1, 2013, Customs and Border Protection will be required to make significant cuts to its budget. CBP plans on implementing the budget cuts through the following: immediate reduction … Continue reading

    East & Gulf Coast Port Strike Averted!

    The leaders for the ILA and the USMX have agreed to a six-year labor contract. Both sides still need to ratify the agreement. The agreement is also contingent on agreements regarding a number of local union negotiations. Details of the … Continue reading

    East Coast Ports Still Waiting for a Labor Deal

    We’re on to round 3 of the labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) representing the East Coast and Gulf ports. The negotiations were first supposed to be completed by September 30, … Continue reading