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Importer Alert: New Food Import Requirements Coming Soon

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 24, 2017 2:38:53 PM

The requirements for importing food will change this spring when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begins enforcing the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). 

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Topics: Importing, Compliance

New Destination Control Statement (DCS) Requirements: How to Maintain Export Compliance

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Aug 26, 2016 2:26:26 PM

final rule was recently published in the Federal Register, impacting all ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and all BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) controlled exports. Effective November 15, 2016, all ITAR or BIS controlled exports will be required to list a revised Destination Control Statement (DCS) on the commercial invoice. 

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Topics: Compliance, Exporting

Update: U.S.-China Cargo Requirements due to the Zika Virus

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Aug 11, 2016 2:27:30 PM

To prevent the spread of the Zika virus, the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has announced a new mandate for cargo originating in the United States.

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Compliance

Marisol Attends Annual NCBFAA Conference

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Apr 18, 2016 3:09:21 PM

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. 

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Topics: Compliance, ACE, SOLAS, NCBFAA Annual Conference

FDA Import Alert: Laser Items

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Feb 3, 2016 3:36:35 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an update to Import Alert 95-04 on January 28, 2016 for laser items which fail to comply with performance standards and labeling requirements. The affected items include laser pointers, laser pens, laser gunsights, laser levels, laser light shows, laser pointer key chains and similar products.

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Topics: Importing, Compliance

Science of Compliance: Part 1 - Government Agencies

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Jul 8, 2015 8:19:00 AM

There are potentially a number of government agencies that can be involved when importing goods into the United States. Considering the fact that these agencies can hold or examine any incoming shipment, it is important to be prepared to comply with each agency's respective rules and regulations. Customs Brokers have the knowledge and experience in working with international trade related government agencies, helping your business streamline the import process. 

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Topics: Importing, Compliance

FDA Import Alert: Eyewear Products

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on May 21, 2015 9:07:00 AM

Summer is approaching, the days are getting warmer and the number of imported sunglasses is increasing. Upon importation, sunglasses are considered a medical device, which requires additional paperwork to be submitted to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain customs clearance. FDA also recently issued a new import alert for sunglass and eyeglass products originating from specific foreign manufacturers, affecting a number of eyewear importers.

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Topics: Importing, Compliance, Eyewear

An Importer's Guide to TSCA

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on May 13, 2015 2:40:00 PM

Did you know that paint and markers, among other commonly imported items, require a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) certificate? In order for certain commodities to enter U.S. commerce, a TSCA certificate must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to obtain customs

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Topics: Importing, Compliance, TSCA

An Essential Element to Importing Food

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on May 4, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Nearly 20% of all imports into the U.S. are food and food products. These food imports require Prior Notice filing in order for the goods to enter U.S. commerce. Prior Notice allows FDA to review and evaluate information before a food product arrives in the U.S. so the agency is able to allocate resources for inspections, as well as help intercept contaminated products. If your business imports food products into the United States, Prior Notice is pertinent to the success of your import program. So what important information do importers need to know about Prior Notice?

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Topics: Importing, Compliance

Importer Security Filings: 4 Facts to Know Before Importing

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Apr 28, 2015 8:49:00 AM

On January 26, 2009, the Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (commonly known as ISF or '10+2') went into effect, changing the rules for U.S. cargo arriving by vessel. The new rule required U.S. importers to submit shipment information to a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system. The required information provided CBP with the ability to identify high-risk shipments in an effort to prevent smuggling, ensuring cargo safety and security. Failure to comply with ISF requirements could result in monetary penalties, increased inspections and delay of cargo. So what do U.S. importers need to know about ISF '10+2' requirements prior to importing? 

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Topics: Importing, Compliance

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