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FDA Kicks FSMA Into High Gear

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Coincidence or not, following closely on the heels of major food poisoning incidents in the United States, the FDA kicks FSMA into high gear. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that there are about 24 multi-state (involving at least two states) food contamination outbreaks each year. That averages two major outbreaks each month. The most recent outbreak involved E. coli from fresh produce which led Chipotle to...

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Food Importers – Educate U.S. Customs About Your Products!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Jamaica. As this is where we grew up, we returned laden with several food products that would allow us to continue to experience Jamaican cuisine ever so often. Everything we imported was allowable. However, the airport customs agents carefully prodded and poked our parcels before we were allowed to leave with them. This experience reminded me of a statement from an audience...

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International Trade Terms: Trade Alphabet Soup, Part J

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Here is Part “J” of my series, “International Trade Alphabet Soup” that will periodically list and provide context for key acronyms and international trade terms: JBIC – Japan Bank for International Cooperation is the world’s largest source of development finance with an annual budget of over 3 trillion yen (approx. US $27 billion). It was established in September 1999 by the merger of Export-Import Bank of...

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Trade in Services

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email This post is being written as I prepare to take a well-needed vacation. Thinking about my upcoming vacation made me think about tourism, which led me to trade in services. Hopefully you followed this train of thought, as it has made me decide to update and share an earlier post that discusses the key role of the service sector in today’s globalized economy. The service sector has been described as “the grease” that links...

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GSP is Back! What To Do

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Starting on July 29, 2015, importers can begin to take advantage of the retroactive renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. GSP is Back! This means: Entering GSP-eligible products without having to pay duties; and Claiming refunds for duties paid while the program was lapsed (July 31, 2013 – July 29, 2015) Entering GSP-Eligible Products Products eligible for duty-free entry into the United States...

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GSP Renewed and AGOA Extended

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 | 2 comments

Follow Email With President Obama’s signature of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, GSP has been renewed and AGOA extended. The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program allows about 5,000 products from about 127 developing countries to enter the United States on a duty-free basis. The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) program provides duty-free access for products of sub-Saharan African exporters entering the...

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