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Our Food Smells Different!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email As the FDA strengthens enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), I am reminded of how this might impact the importer who shared this concern with me, “Our food smells different and that causes problems with US Customs.” “Problems” can mean having your shipment detained, opened and inspected, and re-exported or destroyed. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the...

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In Honor of US Small Business Month 2016

Posted by on May 3, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email   U.S.  National Small Business Week 2016 recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners in its economy. May is also World Trade Month in the U.S. Events across the country will focus on providing resources to US businesses seeking to export their goods and services. To honor both these events, we re-post our blog from 2014 that highlights some of the resources available to support...

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The Food Safety Verification Program: What It Is & How Importers Can Prepare For It

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Written by Stacy Telfer, Esq. On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most far-reaching reforms to U.S. food safety laws since passage of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act of 1937.  The FSMA aims to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by a focus on preventing, rather than responding to, the problem of food contaminations. As the agency charged with regulating U.S....

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In Honor of International Women’s Day, 2016

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Just in time for International Women’s Month (2016), the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) office of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it had, for the first, time, broken the 5% target for federal government contracts awarded to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). Kudos to Erin Andrew, who leads the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, and her team. $17.8 billion – equal to 5.05%...

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Your small business is BIG enough to go global!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email In recognition of the key role that small businesses play in the US economy, Black Friday – the big shopping day after U.S. Thanksgiving Day, is now followed by Shop Small Business Saturday. Sites like these, created for the special day, raise the visibility of small businesses, not only in the U.S. but around the world. Visibility If you have a website, you are a global company! There are over 3 billion (and constantly...

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The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email One of the sessions held at the 2015 WTO Public Forum pre-launched the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The Alliance is a public-private partnership being established to support successful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The WTO Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement is one of the key components of the Bali Package agreed to during the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference. The TF Agreement introduces...

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