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Importer Security Filing 10+2

10+2 is a new requirement for all importers of ocean cargo. This represents an enormous change in importing. For the first time, a pre-laden entry will have to be submitted to CBP at least 24 hours prior to the loading of cargo on a U.S. bound vessel. his entry will require the filers to have advance copies of invoices, bill of lading number, the stower and the stuffer of the container.

Provided the importer already has a continuous bond, we at Henry E. Kloch & Company are setup and ready to file Importer Security Filings as early as our importers require. Please have your supplier fill out the following worksheet and send it to us along with a copy of the commercial invoice prior to each export. We need at least 72 hours advance of sailing plus weekends and holidays to ensure timely filing.

PierPass Program

The stated purpose of the PierPass program is to alleviate congestion at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach. Effective July 25th, 2005, the port of LA/LB will now require all containers exiting or entering the port be subject to a peak time surcharge of $50 for a twenty foot container and $100 for forty foot and all others. Peak time is defined as Monday through Friday 3 am to 6pm.

This charge is the responsibility of the importer (or exporter in case of export) and must be paid prior to pickup of the container at the terminal. Your trucker may or may not advance this as a courtesy to you. If not, it will be your responsibility to arrange payment for each container effected through www.pierpass.org. Once you establish your account, you must pay for the surcharge using a credit card.

CBP Agriculture New Solid Wood Packaging Requirements

CBP Agriculture will now be requiring certification of fumigation of all solid wood packaging material which includes crates and pallets. Effective September 15, 2005, CBP Agriculture will now require all pallets and other solid wood packing material to be fumigated and marked as such. You can read more about these regulations here.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. FDA has increased inspections of certain farm raised seafood products from China. Should you import these products, the FDA will likely either physically sample the items or require you to provide private lab analysis by an FDA approved laboratory at your expense. Click here for more info.