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Monday Morning eBriefing

The Monday Morning eBriefing is a members-only digital newsletter which provides up-to-date and informative news on regulatory and legislative matters important to customs brokers, freight forwarders, and NVOCCs. It’s published every Monday at 6 a.m. ET. To submit content or ideas, contact Christopher Gillis, NCBFAA Communications Director, at cgillis@ncbfaa.org.

NCBFAA In the News 

  • NCBFAA Members Ask for More Transparency for Non-Red Sea Route Rate Hikes

    Feb, 11, 2024
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America is asking for more transparency around recent surcharges imposed by carriers, saying its members are seeing "sharply" increasing rates for shipping routes that never routed through the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aden (see 2402080083 and 2401050066).
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  • NCBFAA Asks FDA to Address US Agent-Related Issues in Cosmetics Registration Guidance

    Jan, 21, 2024
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America said the FDA needs to address a few remaining issues in its recently issued guidance document on upcoming cosmetics registration and product listing requirements.
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  • NCBFAA Seeks Comments on Red Sea Shipping Ahead of FMC Meeting

    Jan, 17, 2024
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America is asking members to comment on Red Sea shipping experiences ahead of a Federal Maritime Commission meeting on Feb. 7 (see 2401120057). A Jan. 17 email sent by the NCBFAA asked members to share their experiences in the Red Sea and how diversions due to Houthi missile attacks have affected maritime shipping in the region. The association said it plans to compile the responses into an "industry-specific impact statement" that it plans to present at the FMC meeting.
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  • TraversEd and NCBFAA Form Alliance to Offer Internationally Recognized Freight Forwarding Education

    Jan, 08, 2024
    TraversEd has entered an agreement with the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) to offer internationally recognized freight forwarder education to the U.S.
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  • JD Gonzalez becomes Laredo broker on world trade stage

    Dec, 17, 2023
    Without a doubt, international trade is Laredo’s No. 1 commodity. And with it comes leadership in the business making this border town the top overall port in the United States with $24 billion of trade. One businessman, with a common Laredo name, Jose D. (JD) Gonzalez, has emerged as a leader and is adding to an impressive resume. International businessman Rodolfo Delgado signaled out with a note to this corner. “My good friend, JD Gonzalez, Laredo born and raised,” is now on the world stage.
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  • Industry Wary of Enforcement Provisions in Customs Bill, Though Facilitation Bill to Follow

    Dec, 12, 2023
    National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America President J.D. Gonzalez said the trade group thinks the Customs Modernization Act is heavily focused on enforcement, and the group is "a little disappointed" that some of the items that NCBFAA talked about with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., didn't find their way into this bill.
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  • AAEI and NEI Partner to launch all-new online course: Importing 201

    Dec 14, 2023
    The American Association of Exporters & Importers (AAEI) and the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) have launched the Importing 201 course. The Importing 201 course is designed to provide an importer’s compliance professional(s) and corporate leadership with an overview of the key customs topics of knowledge, key compliance functions and their roles, and activities required to build an effective internal compliance program. The course builds on the NEI Import 101 course to strengthen a company’s existing competencies in import compliance to reduce Customs scrutiny.
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  • NCBFAA Says Infrastructure Dominated DHS Supply Chain Meeting

    Dec 14, 2023
    National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America President J.D. Gonzalez saidrepresentatives from the rail industry and ports, and Homeland Security officials, including Undersecretary Robert Silvers, had a good discussion on how to optimize supply chain flows, but he hopes the group willmeet quarterly and delve “a little bit deeper into some of the processes” needed to make the advisory group effective.
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  • NCBFAA Gathering Signatures on Joint Trade Industry Statement on Potential Shutdown

    Sep, 18, 2023
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, is circulating a joint statement for signature by other trade groups that advocates for keeping "all avenues of international trade" open in the event of a government shutdown if Congress doesn't agree to a funding bill by Sept. 30.
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  • Bentzel Expects Clarity Surrounding Rail Storage Fees, Says D&D Final Rule Coming Soon

    Sep, 11, 2023
    Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel expects the government to eventually scrutinize certain rail storage fees imposed by ocean carriers on through bills of lading, he said during an industry conference this week.
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  • Rulemaking on Type 86 Data Highest Priority at CBP

    Sep, 10, 2023
    The executive at CBP responsible for the two pilot programs collecting data for Section 321 and Entry Type 86 told an audience of brokers that issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking on required data submissions for de minimis shipments is "of the highest priority at CBP right now." He repeated for emphasis, "The highest priority. From the commissioner down, it has been: 'When are we going to get the NPRM?'"
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  • CBP Sending 21CCF Language to Interagency Review

    Sep, 10, 2023
    The director of CBP's trade modernization office said CBP is packaging up the discussion drafts of what it would like to see in a 21st Century Customs Framework law, and sending them to the Office of Management and Budget so that the OMB can coordinate interagency comments and clearance of the language.
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  • Customs Business Fairness Included in a House Appropriations Bill

    Sep, 05, 2023
    The Customs Business Fairness Act, a change to bankruptcy law that protects customs brokers, was in effect in 2021, but only as a temporary measure. Its proponents failed to pass a permanent change in 2022. The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America has made a significant advance in the more than 20-year fight to make it so that the money that brokers' clients give them to send to CBP to pay tariffs is not subject to clawback after a bankruptcy filing.
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  • NCBFAA Seeks Clarity on FDA's Upcoming Cosmetics Registration and Listing Requirements

    Sep, 04, 2023
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America sought more clarify from the FDA on a recently issued draft guidance document on upcoming registration and listing requirements for cosmetics facilities and products, in comments submitted to the agency on Sept. 1.
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  • NCBFAA Urges CBP to Withdraw Additional Data Elements Proposed for Form 7501

    Jun, 25, 2023
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America recently urged CBP to pull back proposed new data elements on CBP Form 7501 for steel and aluminum imports, noting the information is already provided to the Commerce Department through that agency's import licensing programs and could be obtained from Commerce directly without any added burden to the trade.
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  • CBP Not Looking to Revoke Licenses Over Continuing Education Requirement, Industry Members Say

    Apr, 26, 2023
    NEW ORLEANS -- CBP doesn't want to revoke anyone’s customs broker licenses over the coming continuing education program requirements, Carie Samuel, Ascent Global Logistics vice president of regulatory compliance, said April 26 at the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America annual conference.
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  • More Room for Facilitation Proposals After 21CCF Draft Hits Congress, NCBFAA Lobbyist Says

    Apr, 26, 2023
    NEW ORLEANS -- Much-anticipated customs modernization legislation likely won’t be introduced for at least another few months, but the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America’s legislative adviser isn’t worried about running out of time for Congress to pass it into law before the presidential election cycle, she said during a panel discussion April 26.
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  • NCBFAA Urges NMFS to Rethink SIMP Proposal

    Mar, 30, 2023
    A proposal to amend the Seafood Import Monitoring Regulations to require the importer of record to hold the International Fisheries Trade Permit and require foreign importers of record to appoint a U.S. resident agent to hold the IFTP would upend "longstanding commercial practices" with "no measurable improvement in SIMP supply chain tracking," the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America said in comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service dated March 17
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  • Is Your Customs Broker Prepared for a Government Shutdown? | Journal of Commerce

    Oct, 16, 2023
    A shutdown of the US government could cost American shippers millions of dollars in sudden supply chain delays at the nation’s ports of entry. Importers already face numerous regulatory challenges in the best of circumstances when bringing their goods into the country.
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