Time to Update Your Cotton Fees!

We recently shared news that, as of Monday August 25, 2014, the US Department of Agriculture has decreased the fee rate assessed on US imports of cotton and cotton containing products.  To find out more about the FRN published on June 26, 2014, and to see what HTS numbers are affected click here.

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US Department of Agriculture’s AMS Decreasing Cotton Fees

As of August 25, 2014, the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be decreasing the assessment fees paid on US imports of cotton and cotton containing products.   The decrease comes just two years after a previous increase.

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ASF: Expand or Reorganize?

The Alternative Site Framework (ASF) is an optional “framework” designed to serve projects within a foreign-trade zone (FTZ). Those that opt to use ASF typically want the flexibility to both attract users/operators to certain fixed sites but also want the flexibility to serve companies at other locations when the demand for FTZ services arises in the future.

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QP/WP Explained

What is QP/WP?

QP/WP is the electronic filing of a CF7512 form or In-Bond document to US Customs & Border Protection (CBP).  Companies can use QP/WP to move goods In-Bond to another location.

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CBP Update on ACE: Questions on Reports Within ACE

An Executive Order, signed on February 19, 2014, directs US federal agencies with a role in trade to complete development of an electronic “Single Window” which aims to streamline export and import processes for America’s businesses. One of the processes included in this transformation is the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). By the end of 2016, ACE will have undergone a substantial development aimed to streamline and automate manual processes, eliminate paper and efficiently comply with US laws and regulations through a series of seven developmental stages.

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ICPA Heads to Music City! Make Plans to Join Them!

Have you registered to attend the 2014 ICPA Fall Conference? If not, there is still time to register so you don’t miss out on another great ICPA conference. This year’s conference will take place September 10-12, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. With live music and creative energy around every corner, Music City is sure to provide an exciting environment for ICPA’s expert sessions on trade compliance.

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CBP Update on ACE: Your Exports & AES Questions

An Executive Order, signed on February 19, 2014, directs US federal agencies with a role in trade to complete development of an electronic “Single Window” which aims to streamline export and import processes for America’s businesses. One of the processes included in this transformation is the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). By the end of 2016, ACE will have undergone a substantial development aimed to streamline and automate manual processes, eliminate paper and efficiently comply with US laws and regulations through a series of seven developmental stages.

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CBP’s ACEopedia: Your Source for everything ACE!

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has established a schedule for completing development of all core trade processing capabilities in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) by the end of 2016. Progress on the transition to ACE is underway, and as the deployment schedule rolls on, CBP is keeping the trade up to date on all of the newest features.

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CBP Update on ACE: Questions On Entries & Automated Broker Interface (ABI)

An Executive Order, signed on February 19, 2014, directs US federal agencies with a role in trade to complete development of an electronic “Single Window” which aims to streamline export and import processes for America’s businesses. One of the processes included in this transformation is the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). By the end of 2016, ACE will have undergone a substantial development aimed to streamline and automate manual processes, eliminate paper and efficiently comply with US laws and regulations through a series of seven developmental stages.

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Back to the Basics on FTZs — Part 2

 Back to the Basics on FTZs

Are you deciding if a US Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) is right for your company? Have you recently started participating in an FTZ, or are you new to the role of a Zone Administrator? No matter your position, understanding FTZ basics could be beneficial for you and for your company.

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