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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.

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

How to Navigate TFTEA and NAFTA Regulations During the Duty Drawback Process

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 20, 2019 10:11:53 AM

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) is an authorization of CBP’s trade authority and was enforced to create an environment for fair, honest and competitive trade in the United States. Section 906 of TFTEA made a comprehensive set of changes to drawback claim filing. Even though TFTEA was only signed into law in 2016, it is necessary to know these recent changes since it greatly effects the drawback application process.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Exporting, Importing, International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

4 Key Tips for Filing Duty Drawback

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 13, 2019 12:20:30 PM

Duty drawback can be a great opportunity for companies to save on duties, but to utilize it to its full extent it is necessary to understand the intricacies of the program. There are strict time frames that must be abided by and record keeping is imperative. The duty drawback regulations have changed recently due to TFTEA (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act) and manual claims are no longer accepted, however Ascent Global Logistics can help you get your duty drawback claim filed electronically under the new regulations. 

Below are a few tips and tricks from the Ascent Global Logistics Duty Drawback team on how to get started and participate in duty drawback. 

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Exporting, Importing, International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

Compliance Circular: August 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 1, 2019 2:50:53 PM

CBP Promises Transparency and Commitment to National Security at 2019 Trade Symposium

Over 1,200 members of the trade community including importers, exporters, customs brokers, forwarders, carriers and various supporting businesses descended on Chicago July 22-24, 2019 to hear from the top leadership of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service. Speakers included Mark Morgan (Acting Commissioner of CBP), Kevin McAleenan (Acting Secretary of DHS) and Brenda Smith (EAC from the Office of Trade). Also in attendance were speakers from CBP, FDA, DOC and USTR.

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

Duty Drawback: A 101 Guide

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 18, 2019 10:12:00 AM

Duty drawback is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program where companies are refunded up to 99% of customs duties, taxes and/or fees that were previously levied upon imported merchandise, and of internal revenue taxes paid on domestic alcohol as well as other excise taxes. Duty drawback, however, is one of the most complicated commercial programs managed by CBP. Thus, it is important to have a clear understanding of all facets of how the program works and develop a relationship with a reputable drawback broker, who can help you navigate the rules and international laws.

The team at Ascent Global Logistics is ready to help you work through these complexities by determining if your situation qualifies for the Drawback Program.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Exporting, Importing, International Freight Forwarding, Tariffs, International Trade

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

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UPDATE: Potential Delays At US-Mexico Border

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 1, 2019 3:20:34 PM

Last week, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced that CBP will reassign up to 750 officers from ports of entry along the US-Mexico border. These officers will assist US Border Patrol with processing an increased number of migrant crossings.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance, International Freight Forwarding, International Trade