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Customs Broker Partner - GEODIS

Customs Broker Partner - GEODIS

GEODIS Named USFIA Customs Broker Partner for 2018/2019

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is excited to announce that we will continue our partnership with GEODIS US for two more years, helping us deliver timely, critical information to global brands and retailers as well as develop innovative educational and networking events to help advance the industry’s goals. 

GEODIS offers customs brokerage and freight forwarding services globally—with a particular expertise in fashion and retail—and will remain USFIA’s Customs Broker Partner for 2018 and 2019. GEODIS will work collaboratively with us to support our mission and activities while helping us keep our members informed about key international trade and customs issues. 

“GEODIS has a particular commitment to customs brokerage excellence and deep expertise in the fashion and retail industries. As such, we are so proud to continue to be recognized as USFIA’s Customs Broker Partner in 2018/2019,” said Brian Riley, Managing Director GEODIS US.

In 2018, GEODIS will provide insights into topics such as:

  • Textiles and apparel as a primary trade initiative
  • U.S. Customs enforcement actions impacting legitimate shipments
  • A day in the life of your customs broker
  • It’s 10PM—do you know where your container is?
  • e-commerce and the good guys
  • Regular updates on customs and government initiatives
  • Strategic leadership and insights into key U.S. customs topics such as duty reduction strategies, audit experience, day-to-day government interventions

Additionally, GEODIS will be an active participant in USFIA's webinars and industry events throughout the year. Save the Date for the USFIA Washington Trade Symposium on July 12th, and stay tuned for announcements about upcoming webinars.

USFIA’s partners support us in our mission while helping us amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues and keep our members informed about the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information on our partners for 2018, visit www.usfashionindustry.com. And for more information on the innovative customs brokerage solutions offered by GEODIS, please contact Erin Williamson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Webinar: GSP for Travel Goods

Unpack your bags from your summer vacation--and learn how those bags can get new Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits.

Over the summer, we saw the expansion of GSP benefits for certain travel goods from all GSP beneficiary countries. The from USFIA Customs Broker Partner GEODIS discuss the requirements to obtain GSP benefits for travel goods, and how importers can take advantage of this recent expansion of the program. Daniela Caliari and Erin Williamson, Senior Trade Compliance Analysts for GEODIS,  review the regulations and what importers need to know.

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ACE Deployment Update: Post-Release Functionality

Today it was announced by Debbie Augustine, Executive Director of the Office of Trade Transformation (formerly the ACE Business Office), that U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will employ a phased approach when deploying the Post-Release capabilities of ACE as detailed below.

While CBP has been working very diligently on the Collections functionality in ACE, they are not prepared for deployment at this time. Therefore, they have made the decision to separate out that module and continue with their deployment of the Post-Release ACE functionality in three phases over the next eight months. CBP made it a point to clarify that Collections differs from Statement authorization and payment, where Statement Authorization refers to initial collection of duties and fees.

Release G-2 to be deployed on 16 Sept. 2017:

  • Non-ABI Entry Summaries (for CBP use only)
  • Duty Deferral
  • e214 functionality (Electronic FTZ admission)
  • Manufacturer ID (MID) creation

Release G-3 to be deployed on 16 Dec. 2017:

  • Statements

Release G-4 to be deployed 24 Feb. 2018:

  • Reconciliation
  • ACE Core Drawback
  • ACE TFTEA (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015) Drawback
  • Liquidation
  • TIB automation (electronic extensions AND closures)
  • Automated Surety Interface

Between February 2018 and February 2019, trade users will have the option to file either Core Drawback or TFTEA Drawback. Core Drawback includes the following:

  • Consolidation to entry type 47
  • For electronic claims, submission of entire drawback package electronically
  • System validations
  • Integration with post release processes
  • Improved system controls
  • Does not require line level reporting

TFTEA Drawback includes the following:

  • Substitution based on 8-digit HTS or Schedule B number
  • Requirement to file all drawback claims electronically
  • Recordkeeping requirement three years from date of liquidation
  • All claims due five years from date of importation
  • Reliance on documents kept in “normal course of business”
  • Requires line level reporting

In addition, Foreign Currency exchange rates will remain in ACS until ACS is no longer available. In addition, CBP will continue to post foreign currency exchange rates on their website (www.cbp.gov/ace). While there was genuine concern expressed that the current posting to CBP’s website only contains approximately 35 currencies unlike ACS, which provides over 100 different world currencies, CBP has assured the trade community that they are working towards moving the currency query module to ACE at some point in the future.

Update on August 2 ACE Outage

Due to unforeseen technical issues, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) experienced an extended outage yesterday, 02 August 2017, starting around 7:00 AM affecting Entry Summary, Cargo Release, and eManifest in ACE, as well as access to the CBP ACE Portal (as per CSMS 17-000435). As a member of the Trade Leadership Council, Mary Jo Muoio (Senior VP Trade Services) participated in a call with CBP, discussing yesterday’s ACE system issues.

According to CBP, they were able to restore Entry Summary and Cargo Release processing as of 3:45 PM EST yesterday. As a result, CBP was able to clear the backlog of messages dating back to 7:00 AM yesterday, and normal processing is now in place. The ACE system has been fully restored for ACE Portal functionality, as well as all ACE EDI message processing of manifests for all modes of transportation.

While CBP indicated that normal processing was restored as of 3:45 PM EST, CBP did not formally acknowledge full capability until 9:00 PM EST in CSMS 17-000447. Until that point, CBP had deployed their downtime procedures (as indicated in CSMS 17-000440 and 17-000441 and 17-000444).

Contact the ports directly with any issues you may be experiencing but as of this morning the ACE System continues to be stable and processes are operating normally.

Webinar: Executive Orders—Who Is Being Ordered to Do What?

President Trump has made several Executive Orders that directly and indirectly impact importers. From a mandate to reduce government regulations, to dumping, to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) withdrawal, it's difficult to know who is being ordered to do what.

In this webinar, Mary Jo Muoio of USFIA Customs Broker Partner GEODIS discusses the Executive Actions and how they impact the apparel and retail industry.

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