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Compliance Circular: September 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 3, 2019 11:45:48 AM

Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality: Who Can See Your Information?

With varying regulations governing the disclosure (Freedom of Information Act) or confidentiality (Department of Homeland Security) of certain records, it can sometimes be challenging to know who can have access to what information in the international world of trade. Importers and exporters, along with their brokers, forwarders and ocean carriers, must follow certain guidelines as to what information must be disclosed and what must be kept confidential in the commercial environment.

19 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 103.31 Subpart C provides guidance on vessel manifests, including who can be privy to that information. Members of the press, including newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications are allowed to review the vessel manifests of imports and exports and the following data associated with them:

  • Name and address of the shipper
  • General nature of the cargo
  • Number of cartons/packages
  • Gross weight
  • Carrier Name
  • Port of Export
  • Port of Destination
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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Export, Import, International Freight Forwarding, Customs, Monthly Compliance Circular, Compliance, Shipping, International

Getting Your Money Back Is Common "Cents," Right?

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When is the last time you found a few random quarters lying around your house? Was it last week? Last month? Last year? One can only image how satisfying it was to find extra change lying around. Ultimately, that day was probably a very good day for you…

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Topics: Import, International Freight Forwarding, Customs

Importer Update: Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Feb 28, 2018 11:30:16 AM

What is the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program? What is the current status of the program? What countries are involved? What are some examples of GSP eligible products? Read below for answers to these common importer questions and more. 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Import, International Freight Forwarding, Customs

7 Antidumping and Countervailing Facts Importers Should Know

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Nov 3, 2017 2:03:28 PM

When importing products into the United States, some commodities are subject to Non-Tariff Barriers, which include quotas, licenses, subsidies and additional duties. These barriers are designed to discourage demand of an imported product, protecting domestic producers from foreign competition.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Import, International Freight Forwarding, Customs

Importing 101: Customs Bonds

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 27, 2017 1:59:30 PM

Is your company importing goods into the United States or considering importing in the future? To import successfully, the importer must have a customs bond on file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Customs bond compliance can be simple, but there is important information every importer should be familiar with. 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Import, International Freight Forwarding, Customs