Coppersmith Global Logistics Newsletter



IMPORT/EXPORT NewsSeptember 2010
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Monthly Statement User Guide (PMS/ACE)

CBP has issued a CSMS message announcing that it has posted the Periodic

Monthly Statement User Guide under "ACE Training and Reference Guides." The guide provides an overview of benefits and information on obtaining, viewing and processing periodic monthly statements through the ACE portal.

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H.R. 875, Food Safety Modernization Act. 
  • Order recalls;
  • Require all products to be traceable;
  • Detain and destroy unsafe food when inspectors find it;
  • Seek longer criminal sentences when people are hurt or killed;
  • Assess new civil fines on food companies that break the law; and,
  • Detect unlawful conduct by protecting whistleblowers from retaliation.
    S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
    • Food companies would be required to register every two years. 
    • Food companies would be required to conduct a hazard analysis and implement preventive measures on their production lines  
    • FDA would be required to inspect high risk food processors at least annually and all other food processors at least once every four years. 
    • Food importers would be required to ensure their foreign suppliers comply with U.S. food safety laws. 
    • FDA may require high risk foods to be certified as complying with U.S. requirements for safety.  Certifications would be performed under a program for accrediting third-party certifiers to audit foreign food companies for compliance. 
    FDA would set standards for the safe production of fresh fruits and produce. 
    The bill strengthens enforcement authority by allowing FDA to:
    • Order recalls;
    • Detain unsafe food when inspectors find it; and,
    • Set traceability requirements.


    Whether it's a regular ocean container, a "just in time" airfreight shipment or traveling over land, Coppersmith Global Logistics' specialists are committed to keeping you connected every step of the way by providing complete quality service you can trust.


    We are entering into the last quarter of the year and there are many issues facing international traders today.  In our September newsletter we wanted to bring you up to date on many areas including Exports and Security Initiatives Progress; Hazardous Materials Transport; ISF and Increased Enforcement; Food Safety Bills on the Hill; Harmonized Tariff Updates; ACE - New PMS Guide and more.

    Transporation Security Administration Update


    New Security Program for Forwarders effective July 31, 2010

         Better knowledge of customers/shippers

         Shippers must be in TSA's database to ship air cargo

          I.D. verification of personnel offering cargo for air

          New training and TSA background checks  of individuals handling  cargo

          Heightened cargo security throughout the supply chain


    Mandatory Screening of ALL cargo effective August 1, 2010

    Certified Cargo Screening Facilities established to assist airlines

     Modern screening methods (x-ray, K9, Explosive Trace Detection)

                            Additional Fees will apply

      NEW DOT Requirements for HAZMAT CARGO- EFFECTIVE DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2010

    Effective October 1, 2010

    A new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation will go into effect that will impact shippers that move Hazardous materials (cargo) both inbound and outbound.

    The amended rule for handling Hazardous Materials (see HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180 TITLE 49 TRANSPORTATION clarifies the additional Emergency Response Registrant (ERR) information that is required to be provided on the shipping papers (such as MSDS). Today most exporters contract a third party such as Chemtrec to provide additional information of the product including measures to be taken in an event or incident that may occur during transportation. In addition, to the current regulations, the new rule requires that the Shipper (Offeror) must provide either the Company's name who contracted with the ERR or the contract number on the shipping documents along with the ERR's Name and phone number.

     Not complying could result in delay of shipping or fines and penalties.

    If we determine when reviewing the  documents that the Shipper's (Offeror) name or contract number is not documented, we will contact you  to advise  that we must get the shipping documents amended to comply with the new regulation. 

    Updated 2010 HTS Reflecting MTB Changes Now Posted by ITC

    The ITC has posted an updated electronic version of the 2010 Harmonized Tariff Schedule to its Web site that is effective August 26, 2010.

    This updated version only contains changes resulting from the enactment of H.R. 4380, the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 (also known as the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2009, MTB, or Omnibus MTB), which became law on August 11, 2010 (Public Law 111-227). It does not contain any other changes.

    As revised, the HTS reflects the extension, modification, and creation of numerous HTS 9902 tariff numbers that suspend or reduce the duty on hundreds of imported products. These changes take effect for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after August 26, 2010.

    The HTS 9902 provisions in the Omnibus MTB that had expired on December 31, 2009 are provided retroactive benefits for entries made during January 1, 2010 through August 25, 2010, if requests are filed with CBP within 180 days after August 11, 2010 and contain sufficient information, etc.

    CBP has Updated its HS Records for MTB.  GPO Not Expected to Print Any Paper 2010 Supplements


    Starting in the fourth quarter of 2010 (Oct. 1, 2010), CBP will begin issuing liquidated damages (penalties) for ISF violations. Proposed assessments of liquidated damages will be initiated at the ports of entry. The proposed assessments will first be routed to CBP Headquarters for review. The intent is to ensure that ISF liquidated damages assessments will be handled in a uniform manner across the country. CBP Headquarters will approve the assessment or make other recommendations for disposition of the matter and send the proposed assessments back to the originating ports. If approved by Headquarters, the ports will then issue the ISF liquidated damages notices to the importers. Importers will deal with the ports of entry for payment or mitigation

    "This newsletter is for clients of Coppersmith Global Logistics and is for informational purposes only.  Topics contained herein are taken from numerous sources and are edited to provide an overview of the subject and should not be solely relied upon for implementation or compliance purposes.  Where possible we provide sources for more detailed information."

    Maggie Smith Ranney
    Coppersmith Global Logistics