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U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Customs brokers will get to know importers better

The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) welcomed a recently proposed rule from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that requires customs brokers to have a more complete identification of their importer clients. For the past few years, the NCBFAA Customs Committee has been working with CBP on the issue of bona …

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Customs systems back online after outage at airports nationwide

U.S. Customs and Border Protection systems at airports nationwide encountered an unexpected outage Friday afternoon, leaving passengers waiting in extremely long lines, according to multiple news outlets. “CBP is experiencing a temporary outage with its processing systems at various air ports of entry & is taking immediate action to address the technology disruption,” CBP Tweeted. …

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CBP to start live testing blockchain in IPR arena

Customs and Border Protection late this month will start live testing for blockchain’s applicability to intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement, according to a document posted online in preparation for the August 21 Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) meeting in Buffalo, N.Y. The test is scheduled to last through late September, says the document posted …

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Restrictions on archaeological imports from Algeria take effect

Customs and Border Protection and the Treasury Department on August 15 issued a final rule to impose import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Algeria. Effective immediately, the rule amends CBP regulations to add Algeria to the list of countries that have a bilateral agreement with the U.S. to impose cultural property import restrictions. A …

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Proposed rule would require brokers to verify importer IDs

Customs and Border Protection is publishing a proposed rule to require customs brokers to collect certain information from importers to enable the brokers to verify the identity of importers, including nonresident importers, CBP said. Only a limited amount of information currently is required for customs brokers to receive power of attorney (POA), according to CBP. …

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The six most common reasons cargo gets held up in customs

A seamless shipping experience through customs involves foresight, planning and a seamless transit process. However, it’s not unusual for delays to occur, some out of your control. These are six of the most common reasons cargo gets held up in customs. Incorrect or missing documentation Shipping internationally involves a great deal of paperwork. Make sure …

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CBP to start ACE de minimis test

Customs and Border Protection will conduct a test to examine new functionalities for de minimis entry filings in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) beginning no earlier than September 28, CBP announced . The ACE Entry Type 86 Test “will allow CBP to address the growing volume of Section 321 low-valued shipments resulting from the global …

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Borderlands: CBP opens new fastlane at Laredo’s World Trade Bridge

Borderlands is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of United States-Mexico cross-border trucking and trade. This week: new FAST lane in Laredo, Pharr Bridge sees mixed results, sales of heavy duty trucks plunge in Mexico, Doggett Industries acquires trailer business and Border Patrol talks “Operation Big Rig.” New FAST Lane at World Trade Bridge …

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GAO critical of “outdated” inspection practices at U.S. ports by Customs and Border Protection agents

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection policies “don’t reflect new technology or threats” and are “outdated,” according to an August 6 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). CBP border inspections for passenger and commercial vehicles currently include reviewing travel documents, screening against law enforcement databases and using canines and X-ray machines. However, …

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CBP should update internal policies for inspections, GAO says

Customs and Border Protection should update some policies for port-of-entry inspections to help ensure that officers have necessary guidance to consistently and properly perform examinations, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released Aug. 6. Some CBP inspection policies haven’t been updated for almost 20 years, and policies don’t always reflect changes in …

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