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New inspection rules for hunting trophies arriving first in Atlanta.

Please be advised that all hunting trophy shipments clearing or transiting through the Port of Atlanta, GA will require physical examination by US Customs & Border Protection/Agriculture (CBP/A) officers.  The officers are not allowed to open crates, therefore, a representative must open and present each shipment for inspection, whether fully processed or unfinished. Shipments already consigned

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Coppersmith – the only USDA Approved Warehouse in Illinois.

Becoming a USDA Approved Warehouse isn’t an easy process. Coppersmith Chicago Branch Manager Lisa Gingerich worked diligently through the paperwork, process development and area designations needed for approval. She then began cataloging procedures that Coppersmith would use for spills or bugs. “It really just assures the ease of clearance through Agricultures inspections.  We already have

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Exemptions sought for fireworks transportation

Extreme Logistics and the American Pyrotechnics Association are seeking exemptions from certain stipulations of the 14-hour rule as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Extreme Logistics, a fireworks display company, and the American Pyrotechnics Association, which represents the fireworks industry, claim that with the upcoming Independence Day holiday season drawing close, the current

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Coppersmith attends WCA

No matter how many times one attends the WCA Annual Conference, and as founding members we’ve attended many, the scale and scope of the event is always overwhelming. We believe WCA is the best network of its kind offering a chance to meet with new and existing partners from around the world in one central

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Three reasons importers should use ACH and Period Monthly Statement

Customs and Border Protection has evolved in the way they accept payments from importers for duties. From requiring checks to be presented attached to entries within ten working days of the date of release, CBP migrated to allowing electronic payments on an entry by entry basis. Today, CBP not only takes those payments electronically, but

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US imposes third round of tariffs on Chinese imports

The US and China are engaged in a trade war adding costs to consumers in both countries.

On Monday, September 17, 2018 President Trump announced that he directed the USTR to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports from China. Set to take effect on Monday, September 24, 2018 at ten percent and rising to twenty-five percent on January 1, 2019, these tariffs will be applied to 5,745

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Hurricane Florence bears down on the Southeast US

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, roads and ports are closing down to commercial traffic and allowing only emergency services and supplies to move but soon even that traffic will be halted for safety concerns. This week, our blog is taking a look at how these conditions impact the cargo already waiting and

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Coppersmith celebrates Dion Cheong!

“After 41 years with Coppersmith Global Logistics, Mr. Dion Cheong, our Chief Information Officer, is retiring.  Dion is best known throughout the industry as the staunch supporter of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders, asking the hard questions and offering solutions to keep Coppersmith, and the rest of the brokerage industry, a resource to CBP and

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Second China 301 list official and CBP to begin collection on August 23rd.

The US and China are engaged in a trade war adding costs to consumers in both countries.

The determination by the United States Trade Representative of a Section 301 finding against China has so far yielded three distinct lists of products that the Administration has imposed an additional 25% in duties upon at importation. Regardless of whether these items were dutiable or duty-free, they are subject to an additional 25% duties payable

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