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Attention Food Importers

Attention food importers, are you in compliance with the FDA’s new Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)? As a follow-up to our March 20, 2017 Newflash, FSVP became effective on May 30, 2017. The FSVP program rule requires importers covered by this rule to perform certain risk-based activities to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced by foreign…

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Port Congestion in China

Please be advised that there is currently port congestion in Shanghai, Ningbo, and Qingdao due to the transition to the restructured ocean carrier alliances. Therefore, several services could experience schedule delays.   We will continue to monitor freight movements and communicate any necessary updates on this development.  If you have any questions, you may contact your regular account…

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Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) – Effective May 27, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin implementing the FDA’s Food Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) on May 27, 2017. What is FSVP? A central feature of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FSVP shifts the burden of certifying the safety of food imports from the FDA to the importers themselves. FSVP will require: Identification of…

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Check out our new website!

We are happy to announce the launch of Rogers & Brown’s new website! Our goal was to enhance our visitor’s user experience. Below are some new changes we hope you find beneficial. Design and Navigation The modified design and structure of the pages and content have been optimized to improve the visual appeal and functionality…

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Japanese Shippers to Merge Container Operations

Japan’s three largest shippers, Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) agreed to spin off their container operations and merge them to create the world’s sixth-largest box carrier. NYK will hold a 38% stake in the joint venture while MOL and K-Line will each have a 31% stake. The…

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ACE Mandatory Transition Date Change

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to assess stakeholder readiness for the mandatory transition of post-release capabilities in ACE.  In order to allow additional time for all stakeholders to prepare for this transition, and to provide the opportunity to solicit and receive public comment on the associated regulatory changes, CBP is rescheduling the October…

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Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy Potential and Impact

As an advisory to our international customer base, we would like to alert you of yesterday’s news regarding Hanjin Shipping and their high potential of falling into bankruptcy.  As the #9 ocean carrier in the world, the impact of the immediate reduction of capacity (globally) is expected to open the door for the steamship line…

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Exporters Weighing Approach for Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment requires that a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) must be submitted for all ocean export containers prior to being loaded onto a vessel. This mandate will go into effect July 1, 2016.  The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) recently announced that it will allow U.S. ports and marine terminal operators to…

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Importer Security Filing (ISF) Update

On Friday, June 17, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sent out an ISF update stating the following. For shipments that are on the water on or after June 30, 2016, CBP ports will no longer be required to send requests for liquidated damages (LD) claims to Headquarters for review, and the “three-strikes” approach…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces Updated ACE Timeline

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recently published an updated ACE timeline. On March 31, 2016 the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the new system through which the trade community will have to participate in. Below is a brief overview of the updated timeline provided on the CBP website. Note:  On 3/31/16 entry summaries…

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