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U.S. to Test Integrated Trusted Shipper Programs; Possible West Coast Port Strike

According to the Federal Register notice that U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has plans to test a trusted trader program that combines security and trade compliance similar to the World Customs Organizations Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) model. The AEO program in the European Union offers simplified customs procedures to companies that demonstrate solid past customs compliance and financial stability.

The test pilot program will last 18 months and include the Consumer Product Safety Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. Airforwarders Association forwarder members may wish to inform their customers of this test program since participants are could benefit through an exemption from random container security exams, reduced Food and Drug Administration risk scores in its examination targeting system and single entries for multiple containers.

Trusted trader programs in the future between the United States and the European Union could be aligned to eliminate redundant requirements and provide faster clearances at the border.

CBP Issues Possible Strike Procedures

CBP issued procedures for a possible west coast trade disruption that could cause major delays and diversions of vessel cargo arriving and departing from west coast ports. 

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