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Compliance Circular July 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 1, 2019 11:30:33 AM

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently held their annual CTPAT Conference in San Antonio, TX, with an attendance of over 1,500 CTPAT members – from importers and exporters to Canadian and Mexican foreign manufacturers, from highway carriers and sea carriers to brokers and freight forwarders. A sea of people converged upon the seventh largest city in the nation and CBP did not disappoint – providing valuable information  regarding the updated Minimum Security Criteria as well as how security in our agriculture is vital to our economy.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Compliance Circular June 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Tips for a Lower-Stress Travel Experience This Summer

One of the busiest travel seasons has arrived, with travelers preparing to take trips that will have them transiting through airports both domestically and internationally, as well as crossing various international borders and possibly interacting with different customs officials. Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) share tips to help make those encounters go more smoothly and quickly.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Compliance Circular May 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on May 15, 2019 10:38:52 AM

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, which amended the Shipping Act of 1984, went into effect on May 1, 1999. This shipping act combined non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) and ocean freight forwarders under one category labeled "ocean transportation intermediary" (OTI). An intermediary is defined as "a person who acts as a link between people in order to try to bring about an agreement." 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

UPDATE: EPA, TSCA And Wood Products

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 4, 2019 11:28:09 AM

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, also known as the TSCA Title VI, was fully implemented as of March 22, 2019 following a nine-year waiting period.

Composite wood products required to be certified as emission compliant by CARB and EPA recognized Third-Party Certified (TPC) starting on May 22, 2017. From May 22, 2017 through March 22, 2019, products regulated by TSCA Title VI had to be labeled as TSCA Title VI or CARB ATCM Phase II compliant.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Power Of Attorney: Critical To International Shippers

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 5, 2019 1:08:35 PM
When people hear the phrase "Power of Attorney," they often think immediately of a Medical Power of Attorney or a Dependent Power of Attorney. However, Powers of Attorney are crucial to the International Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage world. Powers of Attorney are the mechanism by which the importer or exporter authorizes the forwarder or broker to act on their behalf in customs related transactions. 
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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Give Thanks To Your Broker! Our Brokers Are At The Heart Of Our Industry

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Feb 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

In February, we often celebrate Valentine’s day with candy and flowers for the people who have a special place in our heart. This month’s compliance circular is going to focus on some of the people at the heart of the international freight forwarding industry, the Customs Brokers. As early as 1799, Customs Brokers were called “known agents or factors” and could make entry on behalf of cargo owners who were unable to do so, for a variety of reasons.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

New Year's Resolutions For Importers And Exporters In 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 2, 2019 12:21:54 PM

As the new year begins, many will make New Year’s resolutions to save money, lose weight, get in shape, travel more, read more books, learn a skill or hobby and a whole host of other goals. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to just apply to personal health and wellness.

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Topics: Exporting, Importing, International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

Binding Rulings: Take The Guesswork Out Of The Process

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Dec 4, 2018 10:53:37 AM

Each product that is imported into the United States and cleared through Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required to be classified based on The Harmonized Tariff System of the United States. Those classifications are the responsibility of the importer (19 U.S.C. 1484), since they have firsthand knowledge of what the article is, what it is made of, how it is manufactured and the end use.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

November 2018 Compliance Circular: MTB H.R. 4318 A Break For Importers!

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Nov 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

While the trade world has been focusing on the S232 and S301 remedy tariffs, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill of 2018 has been quietly implemented. This has allowed for a temporary reduction or suspension of import tariffs paid on particular imported items into the United States. 

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular, Tariffs

Tariff Talk: Making Sense Of The Effects Of S232 And S301 Tariffs On Duty And Bonds

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 2, 2018 12:00:00 AM

In 2018, the S232 and S301 tariffs have increased duty payments to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by up to 25 percent. Ultimately, this affects the daily duty payments to CBP and the subsequent billing from Ascent Global Logistics. We predict that duty outlay could be up to six times more per month than in months previous to the S232 and S301 tariffs.

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Topics: International Freight Forwarding, Monthly Compliance Circular

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