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Mar
20
2020
Industry-Wide News

  Dear Friends & Customers,

The federal government has announced that effective tonight, all non-essential travel

(passengers/pedestrian) between US and Mexico will not be allowed.  However, all cross

border trade (cargo) will not be affected.   All essential travel (passenger/pedestrian),  

and commercial trade will be allowed.  

Please see attached Federal Notice and RL Jones Bulletin. 

 

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Mar
18
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,
 
FDA’s Import Operations currently remain functional and operational.  Activities including FDA Prior Notice review, FDA entry processing, FDA sampling/examination of high risk shipments, FSVP inspections, filer assessments, and compliance activities are all ongoing.
 
While most import operations are not currently experiencing delays, the import community should expect delays in the receipt of hard copy notices. FDA will have a lessened capacity to generate and mail hard-copy Notices of FDA Action (release notices, sampling notices, etc.). FDA strongly encourages all members of the import community who deal in FDA-regulated articles to utilize the FDA Import Trade Auxiliary Communication System (ITACS) for current entry status and to receive FDA notices electronically.
 
FDA is continuously monitoring COVID-19 events and will provide updates as circumstances warrant. Additionally, COVID-19 information can be found on FDA’s website for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Feel free to contact us for any questions or comments.
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,
Department of Compliance

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Mar
18
2020
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends & Customers,

A brief update regarding the Southern Border and possible closure:

This morning at about 9:35 PST President Trump said that if they do anything along the Southern Border, it would not affect essential business.  When asked to explain what was essential business, he said  it was Medical, Military, and Industry.  He also said that TRADE would not be affected.  One important comment he made when asked directly if he was going to “close” the southern border, he answered “no, but we are going to invoke a clause that will give us great latitude”. 

 He wants to prevent “leisurely” cross border traffic. 

 Although his comments were brief, it does give us an idea of where this could go.   It is very similar with what U.S. and Canada are doing. 

 In the meantime, we have contacted our local CBP Officers in Calexico and they confirmed that both, commercial and passenger lanes, are open.

CBP informed us that if anything changes, they would send a Port Information Notice (PIN) to notify us.

I hope this helps ease a little of the uncertainty.  We will send information as we receive it.

 

Kind Regards,

 RL Jones

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Mar
18
2020
EL Paso, TX

El Paso Ports remain open

"The purpose of this Trade Information Notice is to advise the trade community that the ports in the El Paso Field Office area of responsibility remain open with no change in cargo operational hours that are currently in effect"

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Feb
6
2020
San Diego/Otay, CA

17 de Febrero 2020

FORO INDEX

TENDENCIAS IMMEX

OPERACIÓN Y RETOS 2020

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Jan
13
2020
San Diego/Otay, CA

 In observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday:

Please note that Customs and Border Protection will observe Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday, January 20th, with the following hours of operation:

 

 For Monday holiday, hours will be:

 Northbound                       8-2 pm   FAST and Perishable entries only.

 Southbound                       9-2 pm  CTPAT certified exports only.

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Jan
8
2020
San Diego/Otay, CA

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Jan
7
2020
San Diego/Otay, CA

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Jan
6
2020
San Diego/Otay, CA

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Jan
6
2020
San Diego/Otay, CA

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Dec
12
2019
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

This message is sent as a reminder that as of January 1, 2020, there will no longer be units of measure (UOQ) in the United States Harmonized Tariff (HTSUS) that are "X" or "General". All UOQs in the HTSUS will be specific units such as "kg", "quantity", etc. For additional information on this change, visit:

https://www.cbp.gov/document/fact-sheets/tftea-harmonized-tariff-schedule-unit-quantity-change

Please note that the Commerce Office will publish guidance on cbp.gov in the coming weeks on how to propose a change of UOQ to Committee 484 (f).
We ask you to make sure that you enter the unit of measure that corresponds to each tariff classification in your database so that it is included in your commercial invoice and in your EDI if applicable, and thus avoid any possible documentation delay.

Feel free to contact us for any questions or comments. 
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,

 

RL Jones

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Dec
10
2019
San Diego/Otay, CA

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Dec
6
2019
Calexico, CA

Dear Friends and Customers,
 
Please be aware that we have been notified of several monetary penalties for rejected shipments issued by the CBP Agriculture Department for not complying with the 7 CFR 319.40 on marking and/or the lack of treatment in wood packaging.
 
Below are some of the reasons for penalties generated by CBP/AQI local port.

  • Not properly treated/fumigated
  • Not legible marked/stamp
  • Using fake or unauthorized mark/stamp

Please keep in mind that one single untreated pallet or illegible mark may cause your whole shipment to be rejected and returned to Mexico. We remind you that according to the regulations already established by APHIS / USDA there is zero tolerance or exceptions on marking or untreated wooden pallets.
 
Below please find  useful links and attached recommendations, suggestions and the CSMS, which were generated during joint CBP/PPQ/industry WPM outreach panel discussions by members of the import community:

https://www.ippc.int/en/publications/640/ 
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import-information/wood-packaging-material 
 
CSMS# 17-000612 - UPDATED WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL PENALTY GUIDANCE


Feel free to contact us for any questions or comments. 
Compliance.clx@rljones.com

Sincerely,

RL Jones

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Dec
3
2019
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

On November 29, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative published Federal Register Notice 84 FR 65882 announcing the decision to grant certain exclusion requests from the 25% duty assessed on 32 HTS- goods of China (from Section 301 List 3).

For reference, please see below Federal Register Notice.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/29/2019-25820/notice-of-product-exclusions-chinas-acts-policies-and-practices-related-to-technology-transfer

The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply retroactively as of the September 24, 2018, effective date of the $200 billion action, to August 7, 2020.

Attached you will find a summary of mentioned HTS numbers for your reference.

Once CBP issues guidance and implements ACE enhancements, a Post Summary Correction (PSC) or a Protest may be submitted for a refund.

Please feel free to contact the RL Jones Compliance Department with any questions.

Sincerely,

RL Jones Customhouse Brokers
Compliance Department

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Oct
31
2019
Industry-Wide News

Dear friends and customers,

 

This is to remind you that, as per Section 301, trade remedies/duties have been assessed on certain products from China.

 Among the 9802 affected programs are: Subheadings 9802.00.40, 9802.00.50, 9802.00.60, and 9802.00.80.

 For all goods under these subheadings additional duties, effective August 23, 2018, should be assessed as follows:

 CSMS 18-000493 https://csms.cbp.gov/csms.asp?recid=&srchtype=Seq_Msg_Num&page=&srch_argv=18-000493&opt=1

 For repair/alteration programs, the duty provided in the applicable HTS plus the section 301 additional duty rate shall apply to the value of repairs, alteration, or processing (value added) performed abroad. 

 “For assembly program under heading 9802.00.80, the additional duties should apply to the value of the article less the cost or value of such products of the United States, as described in heading 9802.00.80”.

 Products which country of origin is China that are covered by section 301 remedy and are eligible for Special tariff treatment, still shall be subject to the additional rates imposed under Section 301 unless excluded.

 Please make sure that the appropriate country of origin is indicated on your invoices and EDI, as well as any additional 99# in case an exclusion applies to your product, so that we may calculate the duties to be assessed.

 Please do not hesitate to call our compliance team compliance.clx@rljones.com  if you should have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 RL Jones

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Oct
22
2019
Calexico, CA

Dear Friends and Customers,
 
Attached please find a brief summary of Calexico CBP/SAT Working Group-Binational Meeting held on Thursday October 10th, 2019. 

We highly encourage you to participate in these meetings since they allow you to share any challenges or situations affecting your Imports and/or Exports. They are scheduled every 3 months and are held typically the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for January 09th, 2020. We will notify you in advance once the date is confirmed.
 
Sincerely,

RL Jones

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Oct
22
2019
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

This is to inform you of the requirement to report Steel HTSUS numbers 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58 for steel origin South Korea, you must provide the valid and properly executed Korea Iron and Steel Association (KOSA) Certificate of Export. The Importer / Filer can obtain the Certificate from the Korean Exporter only.

Republic of Korea Country of Origin articles that are subject to the export certification requirement may not be entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption except upon presentation of a valid and properly executed certification of export.    

Effective 8/1/2019, KOSA Certificates of Export provide for a 9 digit number in the section 15 field of the Export Certificates.  Filers or Importer holding a 2019 KOSA Export Certificate without the 9 digit number in the section 15 field should have their Exporter contact the website for the Korea Iron and Steel Association (KOSA) at http:sq.kosa.or.kr/ for the 9 digit number.

Please contact us if you have any questions at compliance.clx@rljones.com

 Sincerely,

RL Jones

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Sep
30
2019
Industry-Wide News

Dear Friends and Customers,

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule adjusting the following customs user fees and limitations for inflation for fiscal year 2020. These adjustments will take effect on October 1, 2019.

The MPF ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will NOT change

NEW Minimum $26.29 (previous Minimum $26.22)

NEW Maximum $519.76 (previous Maximum $508.70)

 New $2.14 fee for Informal Entry or Release

New $3.21 subcharge for Manual Entry or Release

New $5.89 fee for dutiable mail

 

Below Customs & Border Protection link for your reference:

 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCBP/bulletins/2578a64

 Federal Register Notice:

 https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-08-02/pdf/2019-16582.pdf

Sincerely,

 

RL Jones

 

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Sep
27
2019
Industry-Wide News

Dear Customers and Friends,

New Regulations will impose new requirements on growers, importers and handlers.  USDA will soon be publishing proposed new regulations designed to improve the integrity of the organic supply chain. This meeting will be one of the last opportunities to have a two-way discussion to help ensure that the proposals will achieve their purpose to prevent fraud while not creating an unreasonable burden on the industry. Dr. Jennifer Tucker is the leader of the USDA National Organic Program based in Washington, DC.

See attached document for more information.

Sincerely,

RL Jones

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Aug
16
2019
San Diego/Otay, CA

Panel:  World Class Infrastructure  2:00 pm

Date:  August 21st 2019

Time: 2:00 pm Pacific Time

Place: Centro de Convenciones de Baja California Tijuana

Registration:  www.encuentroindustrialdimbc.com

 

Speakers: 

Lourdes Inzunza     Carga Aerea Matrix

Rogelio Vallenzuela      Hutchinson Ports EIT

Jorge Goytortua    Cross Border Xpress CBX

Moderator:  Eduardo (Lalo) Acosta  V.P. RL Jones Customhouse Brokers

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