Marisol International is excited to be a part of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) annual conference this week in Tucson, Arizona. The world of international trade is constantly evolving, and even a small regulation change can have a large impact on importers or exporters. Due to the dynamic nature of the industry, Marisol International has always focused on continuous education to offer exceptional freight forwarding and customs brokerage services. To ensure we offer the best global logistics advice to our customers, Marisol is proud to attend educational conferences such as the NCBFAA annual conference.
The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) is one of the largest national organizations for logistics professionals. Marisol International has been a proud member of the NCBFAA since 2008. The organization is a resource for best practices within the global trade arena, helping customs brokers and freight forwarders skillfully navigate the industry.
This year's annual conference will focus on a variety of industry compliance matters. However, two major industry changes, ACE and SOLAS, are expected to create the most buzz.
ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) has been in development for over 20 years but just recently underwent its first stage of implementation. On March 31, it became mandatory to file certain electronic entry summaries in ACE (entry types 01, 03, 11, 23, 51, 52 which do not have Partner Government Agency data). The next mandatory transition date will be on May 28, which will require certain Free Trade Zone (FTZ) entries to be filed in ACE. The massive migration to a single trade portal has been a monumental technological change for the trade community. Learn more about ACE here.
Another quickly-approaching industry change is the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) VGM (Verified Gross Mass) rule. SOLAS will take effect on July 1, 2016. This new global rule requires each internationally loaded container to have VGM data before it can be stowed upon a vessel. Read more about SOLAS here.
Marisol International is committed to providing key SOLAS updates each week in the Transportation & Trade News Update. You can subscribe to receive it directly each Friday here.
Marisol International looks forward to collaborating with the trade community on industry developments.