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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 

  • Biden signs congestion-busting measures into law

    May, 20, 2024
    President Biden has signed into law legislation sponsored by the Airforwarders Association (AfA) working with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization legislation aims to modernize the US aviation system and tackle airport truck congestion. It authorizes more than$105 billion in appropriations for the FAA for the next four years, including $19.35 billion for airport infrastructure improvement grants to support more than 3,300 airports across the US. Under the new law, the General Accountability Office will begin a large-scale assessment of air cargo operations across the US with a section dedicated to truck delays and the lack of infrastructure. It gives the current administration a year to carry out the investigation and take the necessary steps to tackle the problem.
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  • NCBFAA Asks FMC Questions on D&D Final Rule

    Apr, 29, 2024
    The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America asked the Federal Maritime Commission questions on the demurrage and detention final rule (see 2402230049). The NCBFAA, in comments dated April 22, said the questions were submitted on behalf of its members and other "industry stakeholders" and raised several questions that were not addressed in the final rule.
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  • CBP in 'Final Review and Selection Stage' for Broker Continuing Ed Accreditors, Official Says

    Apr, 18, 2024
    CBP in the final review and selection stage" for accreditors of continuing education for customs brokers, and will announce "in the coming months" the start date for broker continuing education requirements, the number of hours required for this triennial reporting period and the names of the approved accreditors, said Shari McCann, director of CBP's Cargo Security and Controls Division, on April 17.
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  • 'Head Scratching' Likely After D&D Rule in Effect; Changed Broker Terms Possible, NCBFAA Lawyer Says

    Apr, 15, 2024
    he effective date for the Federal Maritime Commission's new rule on detention and demurrage may not provide a long enough "runway" for industry to prepare, given that it's a "systemic alteration" of how the industry operates, said Ashley Craig of Venable. He said he suspects there will be a lot of "head scratching" after the rule becomes effective on May 28
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  • Brokers, Forwarders Say Launch of Canadian Customs System Could Cause Trade Problems

    Mar, 18, 2024
    American, Canadian and Mexican customs brokers and freight forwarders are urging Canada to rethink its upcoming deployment of a new customs management system in two months, saying they’re concerned the country’s current approach could significantly disrupt trade.
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  • AMS to Allow Grace Period for Importers to Certify as Organic as New Rule Takes Effect March 19

    Feb, 27, 2024
    The Agricultural Marketing Service will begin with a period of soft “enforcement discretion” once its new regulations on organic import certificates take effect on March 19, but importers should nonetheless be working now to get their organic certifications as required under the rules, an AMS official said, speaking during a recent webinar.
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  • NCBFAA Members Ask for More Transparency for Non-Red Sea Route Rate Hikes

    Feb, 12, 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, 22, 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, 18, 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, 09, 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, 19, 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, 12, 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, 11, 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, 11, 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, 06, 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, 05, 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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