Urgent Alert - Carriers Release Best Practices for SOLAS VGM Rules

Best Practices for the New SOLAS VGM Rules

The IMO’s Verified Gross Mass (“VGM”) rules are set to go into effect on July 1st of this year. We have learned that the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (“OCEMA”) has issued recommended Best Practices for the acceptance and transmission of the VGM rules. Most notable is that OCEMA has provided information on how and when the VGM is to be transmitted to the carriers.

OHL Weekly Alert - March 25, 2016

AES Direct Webinar and Transition Dates

OHL Weekly Alert - March 18, 2016

CBP and OTR Working on MPF Restructuring

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OTR) are working to restructure the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) due to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Further information has been provided regarding the proposed plan for restructuring the way we currently calculate MPF.

OHL Weekly Alert - March 11, 2016

FDA ACE/ITDS Pilot Webinars March 15 and March 29

U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be hosting a webinar on the status of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and International Trade Data System (ITDS) pilot.

Click here for more details and links to register.


OHL Weekly Alert - March 4, 2016

President Obama signs Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

OHL Weekly Alert - February 19, 2016

CPSC Strategic Plan Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has posted a draft of their strategic plan for 2016-2020 for public comments.  To review the plan along with the instructions to submit comments,click here.


TSA New Origin Requirements

TSA New Origin Requirements

The United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) has updated the requirements for documentation of cargo and mail carried on all flights to the US.

With immediate effect, HAWB’s for shipments with final destination in, or transit to the US should provide evidence that the cargo is not originating from Egypt, Somalia, Syria, or Yemen.
Therefore it is required to send complete and correct FHL messages with your shipments.

OHL Weekly Alert - February 4, 2016


West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements

As per U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), those manufacturing goods in West Bank must ensure that all goods produced in West Bank or Gaza Strip are marked correctly. Goods entering the U.S. from these locations must abide by these marking requirements.

Goods produced in West Bank or Gaza Strip must be marked as originating from:

URGENT ALERT - ACE Timeline Update

ACE Timeline Update

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has updated the Automated Commerical Enviornment (ACE) transition.  This includes an updated timeline for the mandatory transition to ACE for electronic entry and entry summary filing. The initial date for mandatory filing has been moved to March 31, 2016.