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Travis Fournier

After graduating from Wayne State University with a degree in Public Relations, Travis entered the Import Compliance arena with a focus in Customs Valuation and Reconciliation. Over his years in the industry, Travis has also assisted clients with various import issues from free trade agreement qualification to entry audits. He is a licensed Customs broker.

Recent Posts

Updated Reconciliation Process: Step by Step

Posted by Travis Fournier

6/13/17 12:35 PM

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Customs has announced that the reconciliation prototype will finally transition from ACS to ACE on July 8th of 2017.

There are some major changes to the program, most of which benefit the importer.

For example, the original value, duties, and fees will no longer need to be reported. This will save a considerable amount of time which was previously spent trying to get an exact match in the filing system. These figures will automatically populate after the ACE go-live. 

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Topics: Reconciliation

What in the World Does the Trans-Pacific Partnership Mean for the Trade Community?

Posted by Travis Fournier

12/10/15 7:30 AM

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Recently the United States Trade Representative released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Many news articles have been covering the TPP concerns revolving around intellectual property, environment concerns and the loss of jobs. All for good reason. With the introduction of NAFTA, these are some of the issues that came to the forefront of the national conversation regarding free trade. These issues are definitely addressed in the agreement where collective bargaining rights and “acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages” are demanded. However, in the words of the infamous Mike Tyson – everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.

But, what does this mean for the international trade community and tariff rates? Let’s jump right to the good stuff and focus on some of the largest duty rates to be eliminated.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Free Trade Agreements