Changes to CBP’s Entry Reconciliation Program

Posted by Jeff Trimble

10/21/16 1:58 PM

ACE Recon

While I was in college, there were a few great gifts. Snow days and deadlines extended by my professors. For those that are involved with Drawback and Reconciliation entries, it’s time to get giddy. 

Get a start on the New Year by gaining an understanding of the upcoming changes.

In our continuing efforts to prepare the trade community for the significant changes Customs Border and Protection (CBP) is enacting for Reconciliation entries, we offer this blog with updated information.


Topics: Reconciliation

Our Thing in Asia: Complex Compliance

Posted by Shafiqah Abdul Samat

10/14/16 1:43 PM

Asia Compliance

I’ve just joined Tradewin Asia from a large European industrial and consumer company where I was responsible for regional Asia trade compliance.  Almost every week, I would receive emails or telephone calls which required immediate attention. Common inquiries included: “URGENT! Cargo stuck at port!”; “No FORM D/E”; “The business is asking why we have to pay extra duties now.”; “Why nobody is telling us we need special licenses?”

Those were the days, when we didn’t have any compliance regime in place. No internal trade policies or standards, and everyone was doing whatever they felt was right. Norms and bad habits just continued on. Occasionally, I was praised for implementing good practices. Sound familiar?


Topics: Asia

Do You Really Need a Binding Ruling? Yes, You Do!

Posted by Julie Vair

10/6/16 11:57 AM

port-image.pngBinding rulings allow an importer to get a determination on the correct classification and duty rate for their products in advance of importation.  A binding ruling request can be submitted electronically or in a letter to the CBP Information Exchange, National Commodity Specialist with a detailed description of the product along with relevant specifications, descriptive literature and samples. The importer generally receives a response within 30 days. Once Customs issues the ruling, the classification is binding for all US ports.  


Topics: Classification

The Three Brexiteers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis Discuss Tariff Shift Rules

Posted by Matt Springate

9/29/16 10:30 AM


A lot has happened since the June 24th referendum in the UK to leave the European Union. Surprisingly, there may be more uncertainty now than there was immediately following the vote three months ago.

We’ve since gotten a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, who has formed a government department to manage the negotiation process with the European Union - dubbed “The Three Brexiteers.” The principle architects for the Brexit negotiation are David Davis, the Secretary of State for Brexit; Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary; and Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary.

So, now that we have some clarity on who will be in charge of negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, we should know how the process will unfold and what impact this will have on UK, European, and global businesses, right?


Topics: Europe

Supply Chain Security

Posted by Michael Bellezza

9/22/16 10:44 AM

092116-security.pngLast week, we got the news of more terrorist attacks, this time in New York City, North Jersey, and the Jersey Shore. This hit a bit close to home as I grew up on down the shore and have lived close to all of those places at one time or another. 

It wasn't shocking, but felt more routine, which in and of itself is shocking. We've seen this in various forms in  Nice, Baghdad, Turkey, Belgium, Pakistan, France, and a dozen other global locations. 


Topics: Best Practices