CBP’s Role in Securing Cargo Imports


In the realm of international trade, the smooth flow of goods across borders is essential for economic growth and prosperity. At the forefront of ensuring the security and integrity of this process is the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Recent developments in the world of cargo importation have brought to light various trends and challenges that CBP is navigating to uphold its mandate effectively. … Read More

Is the MPF Increasing this year?

Q: Is the Merchandising Processing Fee (MPF) Increasing in 2021? A: Yes, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), posted notice of the below-noted increase(s) in user fees, which are effective October 1, 2023. CBP will increase Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) ‘User Fees’ by 26.670 per­cent to adjust for inflation in the fiscal year 2024. New Rates Include: MPF Minimum:  $31.67 (previously $27.75) MPF … Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider ACH!

Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) is a program available for those companies that import into the US as an option to pay duties to US Customs electronically. We believe that this program is essential and beneficial to importers! Here are a few reasons why…   Having duties debited directly from your bank account allows you to better control your cash flow and have better visibility on the … Read More

What is the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act of 2021 (UFLPA)?

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Customs Q&A of the Month: With Licensed Customs Brokerage, Jessica Parks Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: What you should know U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put the UFLPA in place which specifically bans the import of goods resulting from forced labor in China – specifically in the Xinjiang area of China. In 2017, the Chinese government, in an act of Genocide as described by … Read More

When does the FDA Renewal process for Food Facilities begin?

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Listen to this article GLC INC. · When does the FDA Renewal process for Food Facilities begin?   Customs Q&A of the Month: When does the FDA Renewal process for Food Facilities begin? With Licensed Customs Broker, Jessica Parks On October 1, the FDA will open its portal where food facilities must renew their food facility registrations. The window for renewal will run from October … Read More

What are the new user fees as advised by US Customs?

Listen to this article: GLC INC. · What are the new user fees as advised by US Customs? Customs Question of the Month with our Licensed Customs Broker, Jessica Parks. What are the new user fees as advised by US Customs? US Customs has advised of the below increases in user fees, which will be effective October 1, 2022.  MPF Minimum:  $29.66 (previously $27.75) MPF Maximum:  … Read More

What is an ISF or 10 + 2? #brokerageterms

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Listen to the article here: GLC INC. · What Is An ISF 10+2 ISF or 10 + 2 or Importer Security Filing  How can GLC Help with an ISF? GLC is a licensed customs broker so we are able to electronically submit specific advance cargo information to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP). This information is known as an ISF (Importer Security Filing) … Read More

Is It Acceptable To Use UNK for FSVP Importer’s DUNS on Entries of Food, Beverage, and Dietary Supplements?

Question of the month with our Licensed Customs Broker, Jessica Parks: Answer:   No, as of July 24th, 2022, Customs will reject any entries filed with the code UNK in the Entity Number field for the FSVP Importer’s DUNS. Per FDA Regulations, 21 CFR 1.509(a), FSVP importers will be required to ensure that their valid, 9-digit DUNS number is provided in the Entity Number field. The … Read More

Customs Q&A of the Month: What are the latest imposed export controls on Russia?

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The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released the following guidelines, “In response to the Russian Federation’s (Russia’s) invasion of Ukraine, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has taken swift and severe action to impose stringent export controls on Russia. These restrictions have also been applied to Belarus in response to its substantial enabling of Russia’s invasion. The actions taken by BIS build on existing … Read More

New CBP Updates: Reinstatement of Certain China Exclusions

At the end of March 2022, the office of the United States Trade Representative announced the reinstatement of certain exclusions from China section 301 tariffs.  This new product exclusions fall under HTSUS classification 9903.88.67, according to the aforementioned office. These said Section 301 China tariff exclusions were previously expired on Dec 21, 2020, and reinstated until December 31, 2022. These exclusions apply to roughly 500 … Read More