Please see the below recap of key information from 4/11/2019 quarterly brokers meeting at JFK.
Bob Redes – Chief, Cargo Control & Enforcement JFK has seen a vast increase in Section 321 entries (entries that can be imported into the U.S. duty free of values $800 or less. Example: First 5 months of fiscal year 2018 (October – March) – 7.5 million Section 321 shipments. First 5 months of fiscal year 2019 (October – March) – 19.7 million Section 321 shipments, which is a 2.5x increase from last year. An option to file an ABI entry for Section 321 will be made available in the upcoming months which will include PGA requirements.
EXODUS Team Updates Reminder that all export docs need to have the export CBP stamp on the documentation, all airlines are looking for this stamp prior to export. For anyone involved in the process of exporting diamonds, reminder that all rough diamonds must correlate to a valid Kimberley Certificate. There were 3 seizures last year, current seizure being worked on relates to diamond exported to Israel which claimed to be a polished diamond – deemed to be a rough diamond. Since there are no diamond mines within the U.S. all rough diamonds need to have corresponding Kimberley Certificate. Contact info for exports/EXODUS Team: JFKEXODUS@cbp.dhs.gov/ 718-487-5124
Homeland Security Investigation Team- In recent years, there has been less outreach to customs brokers from Homeland Security Investigations, this will now change as customs brokers are considered biggest help. Homeland Security Investigations is asking for assistance regarding contraband smuggling, import/export fraud, counterfeit goods & services, and human trafficking/smuggling. For any import/export activities which do not appear to be legitimate or which you may believe is the by-product of criminal or concealed foreign government activity, please contact your manager/compliance team. If these activities are deemed to be suspicious and are believed to warrant further investigation, please contact the below Special Agents in Charge (SAC) – New York: Group Supervisor Spiros Karabinas: (646)423-9338 Special Agent Dan Lamarca: (646) 879-9160 Special Agent Kelly Ziegler: (646) 771-9509 Customs brokers/entry writers are considered biggest help as we are notified of shipments via correspondence and documentation several days prior to arrival in U.S. ports.
Homeland Security Investigation Team: Cyber Crimes Unit Customs brokers and organizations that deal with international business are considered very common targets for cyber-attacks (as we all know, unfortunately). Protecting yourself against a cyber-attack: Backups: Ensure that backups are done consistently, in our case, ensure that all data is backed up to OneDrive and that your OneDrive account is working. Hackers will usually request money for your to have your data back, no need to respond to this request if a backup is consistently maintained. Protection of Data: Segregate important data from non-important data, utilize encrypted access control for important files. Personal Websites at Work: Homeland Security advises that if online surfing is done during downtime at work, be careful of sites that are accessed. Personal websites that are not normally accessed at work could be potential points of compromise for hackers. WiFi: Make sure that all open parts on your router are closed. Remote Connection: Ensure that you are connected remotely using a VPN. If you have been hacked: Do not turn off your device, but disconnect all internet connectivity within the organization. Homeland Security Investigations/other mitigation professionals can extract valuable data from compromised machines that are left powered on. If your machine is off, do not turn it on.
NIS Maribeth Dunajski – Classification of Air Filters, Fabrics Key takeaway from NIS Dunajski: Prior to requesting a binding ruling for fabrics, please look at the attached Binding Ruling Requirements. All binding rulings are for perspective rulings, and cannot be used for previous shipments.
Thank you, for any further information related to this meeting, please reach out to me. Philip Vacchio, LCB, CCS CHB Subject Matter Expert Continuous Improvement – L&S North America Region Direct Phone: +1 (718) 425-1019 Mobile: +1 (718) 730-4263 www.maersk.com
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