The Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association, Inc.



News

<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   5   ...   Next >  Last >> 
  • 03/20/2020 6:30 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    March 20, 2020 6:11 pm CST

    Good afternoon Trade Community and CBP Management,

    As per our conference call/webinar this afternoon, please view the attached documents:

    Armando Taboada Jr.

    Armando Taboada Jr.
    (a)ADFO Trade
    Laredo Field Office
    956-753-1773 – Office
    956-693-8807 - Cell

  • 03/20/2020 5:00 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    March 20, 2020 5:00 pm Update

    Good afternoon members

    The federal government has restricted the travel between Mexico and the US, and it will be publishing Monday March 24th, 2020 in the federal register the following notice: 2020-06253.pdf

    SUMMARY: This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border to “essential travel” as further defined in this document.

    DATES: These restrictions go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 20, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 20, 2020.

    For purposes of the temporary alteration in certain designated ports of entry operations authorized under 19 U.S.C. 1318(b)(1)(C) and (b)(2), travel through the land ports of entry and ferry terminals along the United States-Mexico border shall be limited to “essential travel,” which includes, but is not limited to

    • U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States;
    • Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States);
    • Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions;
    • Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Mexico in furtherance of such work);
    • Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g., government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID-19 or other emergencies);
    • Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Mexico);
    • Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel;
    • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S.
    • Armed Forces, returning to the United States; and
    • Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.


    The following travel does not fall within the definition of “essential travel” for purposes of this Notification—

    • Individuals traveling for tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events)

    During today's Presidential news conference both President Donald Trump and (A) Secretary Chad Wolf stated that commercial trade would NOT be impacted by the new measures being implemented tonight at midnight. 

    Also on today's trade call with CBP Laredo Field Office it was reiterated that trade related work travel and cargo will not be affected.

  • 03/20/2020 2:00 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    Due to the effect COVID-19 is having on the Trade industry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting requests for duty-payment extensions. Interested parties should send requests to Director Randy Mitchell by email at randy.mitchell@cbp.dhs.gov. CBP expects to issue a Federal Register notice in the immediate future with details on a longer-term, broader extension policy.

  • 03/20/2020 1:00 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    The federal government has restricted the travel between Canada and the US, and it will be publishing Monday March 24th, 2020 in the federal register the following notice: 2020-06217.pdf

    Which basically says:

    For purposes of the temporary alteration in certain designated ports of entry operations authorized under 19 U.S.C. 1318(b)(1)(C) and (b)(2), travel through the land ports of entry and ferry terminals along the United States-Canada border shall be limited to “essential travel,” which includes, but is not limited to

    • U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States;
    • Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States);
    • Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions;
    • Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Canada in furtherance of such work);
    • Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g., government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID-19 or other emergencies);
    • Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada);
    • Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel;
    • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States; and
    • Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operation.

    The following travel does not fall within the definition of “essential travel” for purposes of this Notification—

    • Individuals traveling for tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events)


    Today it was announced by the White House that travel restriction policies will be implemented also with Mexico, we will have to wait for a new publication in the federal register, but suspect the same rules could apply.

    During today's Presidential news conference both President Donald Trump and (A) Secretary Chad Wolf stated that commercial trade would NOT be impacted by the new measures being implemented tonight at midnight. 

    Please continue with your business as usual.

  • 03/19/2020 2:00 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a conference call with the Trade this afternoon to discuss the current status of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and its effect on Cargo and Port Operations.

    CBP began by stating that previous proclamations regarding the restriction of travelers do not include restrictions on cargo and that there should be no impact on cargo from regions restricted by said proclamations. This also applies to the recent agreement made between the Canadian and U.S. government to close the Northern Border to non-essential travel. Cargo is considered essential and therefore should not be subjected to additional screenings or potential slowdowns. A Federal Register notice is scheduled to be published tomorrow morning that will define essential travel. This will outline those who cross the border for essential reasons, such as medical personnel, humanitarian aid, critical infrastructure, etc. At the border, discretion is being given to Officers for certain edge cases.

    As for the state of border crossings, passenger land border traffic is down significantly. In Buffalo and Detroit, traffic is down 70% and 65% respectively. At this time, commercial traffic has remained steady but CBP does anticipate a drop in Detroit and Laredo. CBP is not expecting reductions in staffing at the Northern Border, though as many locations are operating under extended hours or are 24/7, it may be appropriate to reduce to core hours to utilize resources more strategically.

    Just as the Northern Border has been closed to non-essential travel, a formal essential-only announcement should be coming soon for the Southern Border. Just like the Northern Border closing, there will be no restrictions on cargo or expected personnel reductions.

    On the call, CBP stated that they have chosen to close their Global NEXUS Enrollment Centers as a way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The enrollment upon arrival is still operational for those who are flying internationally.

    There have been no operational changes at Ports of Entry. CBP has encountered an uptick of personnel testing positive for COVID-19 and is now up to about 30 Officers who are in quarantine protocol. If a reduction of staff at ports becomes significant, ports have their own contingency plans.

    The Office of Trade has been hard at work reviewing recommendations sent in by the Trade to help with the crisis. CBP thanked the NCBFAA and other associations for their submissions. One submission that was sent in by the NCBFAA, and a few other associations, related to duty drawback and a possible delay in duty payments. CBP understands the major impact this could have and is currently researching to see if the plan is feasible. In the meantime, CBP is considering case-by-case deferrals. To see if you qualify, you may email Randy Mitchell and CC your local entry specialist that you work with at the port. The agency hopes to have a more detailed plan in the next 3-4 days. If you would like to submit suggestions to CBP, you may do so using the tradeevents@cbp.dhs.gov email address.

    The NCBFAA plans to participate in ongoing CBP held Trade calls and will relay all relevant information to our members as it comes to light.

  • 03/19/2020 9:30 AM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    March 19, 2020

    Good morning Trade Community Leaders,

    Quick update:  CBP-Laredo Field Office - The Southern Border has NOT been advised of any changes to our current commercial operations.

    The only information that we are aware of is on what is occurring on the Northern border (Essential Travel).

    When CBP Laredo Field Office receives new information, I will relate it to you and your trade community members.  Please advise your Trade Community members of this.

    Thanks,

    Armando Taboada Jr.
    (a)ADFO Trade
    Laredo Field Office
    956-753-1773
    956-693-8807 cell


  • 03/17/2020 4:00 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    This morning the Laredo Field Office held a conference call to advise the trade community of the status of CBP operations at the trade facilities in the Laredo District.

    (a)ADFO Armando Taboada, Jr. informed that all operations remain normal, with no planned shutdowns or closures. Please download this file for hours of operations.

    Laredo Field Office Hours Operation

    CEE Director Juan J. Porras did indicate that center personnel are teleworking, that the fastest way to communicate with an Import Specialist would be via email. You can find their contact information at https://www.cbp.gov/trade/centers-excellence-and-expertise-information/cee-directory

    Weekly calls will be held to update the trade, if necessary more frequent calls could be scheduled.
  • 02/28/2020 11:53 AM | Bo Burge

    Additional Information on Human Drugs

    Since January 24, the FDA has been in touch with more than 180 manufacturers of human drugs, not only to remind them of applicable legal requirements for notifying the FDA of any anticipated supply disruptions, but also asking them to evaluate their entire supply chain, including active pharmaceutical ingredients (the main ingredient in the drug and part that produces the intended effects, e.g., acetaminophen) and other components manufactured in China.

    Also, as part of our efforts, the FDA has identified about 20 other drugs, which solely source their active pharmaceutical ingredients or finished drug products from China. We have been in contact with those firms to assess whether they face any drug shortage risks due to the outbreak. None of these firms have reported any shortage to date. Also, these drugs are considered non-critical drugs.

    Food

    We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.


  • 02/18/2020 5:00 PM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)


    Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.

    Attorneys and Counselors

    Brian Hensley

    Austin
    Dallas
    Houston
    Los Angeles
    New Orleans
    Saint Paul


    February 18, 2020

    Baldemar Garcia, Jr.

    Person Whitworth Borchers & Morales, LLP

    602 East Calton Road, 2nd Floor
    Laredo, Texas 78041

    Re: Cause No. 2019CVK002390D1; Arturo Dominguez v. Raul S. Villarreal et al.;In the 49th Judicial District Court, Webb County,Texas County, Texas.

    Dear Baldemar:

    Pursuant to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 11, this letter is written to memorialize our clients' agreement announced to the Court on January 8, 2020 in the above referenced case. This written agreement includes additional details not announced to the Court, but subsequently negotiated and agreed to by our clients.

    Prior to the conclusion of the hearing on Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Injunction and before any rulings from Judge Lopez, and in exchange for the agreements announced on the record and in this correspondence, Plaintiff Arturo Dominguez agreed to dismiss with prejudice his lawsuit including all his claims for declaratory and injunctive relief against Raul Villarreal. Mr. Dominguez's dismissal also terminated the injunctive relief in the December 3, 2019 Temporary Restraining Order; allowing the Laredo Licensed U.S. Custom Brokers Association ("LLUSCBA") to resume work on behalf of LLUSCBA members. While the parties continue to disagree regarding several issues regarding the legitimacy of the nomination and election process for the 2020-2021 LLUSCBA Officers and Board of Directors, these issues will be resolved outside of litigation and in accordance with the LLUSCBA Bylaws. Specifically, the parties agreed to the following material terms:

    1. Pursuant to Article VI, Section 5 of the Bylaws, Mr. Dominguez will deliver a written request for a special meeting signed by ten Members in good standing to LLUSCBA President Monica Salinas. The stated purpose of the special meeting will be for the members to vote on the following: Whether the previously elected Board should resign, namely,

    • Monica Salinas Ramos, President
    • Bo Burge, Vice-President
    • Juan D. "Davo" Gonzalez, Secretary
    • Jose D. Martinez, Treasurer
    • Raul S. Villarreal, Past President / Chairman
    • Jose D. "JD" Gonzalez, Board Member
    • Olga Cantu, Board Member
    • Victor Gonzalez, Board Member
    • Dalia Moncivais, Board Member,

    The Bylaws of the association intend a two-year term for the Officers and Board of Directors and there is no provision for early removal from office. In any event, the Officers and Board of directors proudly serve at the pleasure of the members. In this respect, the Officers and Board of directors have agreed to resign if a majority of the members present at the special meeting vote for their resignation. Should the Officers and Board of directors resign, it would create an unprecedented vacancy that would create the need for an election to fill the vacant Board seats.

    The officers and directors identified above may nonetheless be nominated as candidates for the new election of officers and Board of Directors.

    2. It is understood and agreed if voted on by a majority of the members present at the special meeting, the current Board's resignation would become effective at the time of the election to enable LLUSCBA to continue to function and conduct business between the special meeting and new election.

    3. All LLUSCBA members in good standing and eligible to vote in October 2019 will be permitted to vote at the special meeting.

    4. Members will only be permitted to vote at the special meeting in-person, no proxy votes shall be accepted. No email voting will be allowed. Further, because the Bylaws do not address whether a quorum is necessary for a special meeting, no quorum will be required for the special meeting.

    5. The ballots will be bates stamped to ensure the number of ballots cast matches the number of eligible votes in attendance.

    6. Each party will be entitled to present their arguments for and against the resignation of the current Board and whether a new election should be held.

    7. The parties can campaign and solicit support for their position prior to the special meeting, but campaigning by e-mail is specifically prohibited.

    8. If the members present at the special meeting vote in favor of board resignation, creating a vacancy and the need for an election of 2020-2021 Board of Directors, the election and nomination procedures will be scheduled at a later date.

    It is expressly understood and agreed that Mr. Dominguez's prior attempted request for a special meeting "to vote if we have a new election or not", served on the Board on January 15, 2020 was not a valid request as it was made prematurely and prior to finalizing the written agreement between the parties. It is further agreed that the prior attempted request for a special meeting shall not serve as grounds for any claim or suit against the Association, Board or individual Board members.

    Upon execution of this Agreement, Mr. Dominguez shall send the Board a request for a special meeting signed by ten Members in good standing with the stated purpose as stated in Paragraph 1 of the material terms above.

    If the above accurately sets forth the parties' agreement, please sign where indicated below and return a copy of the signed letter to me for my file. If I have somehow misstated our agreement, please contact me immediately to discuss,

  • 02/12/2020 8:45 AM | Raul Villarreal (Administrator)

    Laredo College is grateful to partner up with the Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association and the Texas Workforce Commission to provide online personal business and skills development certifications to better prepare local business owners, their employees and those interested in international trade. This generous donation will help individuals succeed in the field and contribute to our city's growth.

    ☎️For more information, contact EDC at 721-5110.



<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   5   ...   Next >  Last >> 

The Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association, Inc. Laredo, TX 78040--Copyright © 2019 All Rights Reserved

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software