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  • 02/27/2018 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM) and Carrier Contamination Outreach
    02/27/2018 - Presentation Files

      1. Wood Packaging Material Outreach
      2. Carrier Conveyance Contamination
      3. Frequently Asked Question on Wood Packaging Materials
      4. Laredo Trade Notice for WPM Violations
      5. Guidelines for liquidated damages and penalties for NON-COMPLIANT wood packaging material
      6. CBP vs. Forest Prime Evil


      Wood Packaging Material (WPM) and Carrier Contamination Outreach
      Sponsored by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Agriculture Programs Trade Liaison, Washington, D.C. and in Collaboration with USDA-APHIS-PPQ
      Tuesday, February 27, 2018
      Laredo Community College – De La Garza Building



    • 02/20/2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous

      LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Laredo Field Office, port management officials, flanked by Laredo, Nuevo Laredo elected officials today dedicated a rebuilt World Trade Bridge cargo facility following a devastating May 2017 weather event and announced future modernization efforts.

      “World Trade Bridge is a jewel within the Laredo Field Office’s ports of entry, a facility where we process more commercial trucks than any other port in the nation. Today we celebrate the completion of the buildback of our premier cargo processing facility and we anxiously await more good things in the near future with the WTB 2.0 modernization effort,” said Director, Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office. “The best is yet to come.”


      CBP management, Laredo elected officials and a key international trade stakeholder prepare to cut the ribbon for the dedication of the rebuilt World Trade Bridge cargo facility. From left, Past-President, Chairman Enrique Gonzalez, Laredo Licensed U.S. Custom Brokers Association, Port Director Alberto Flores, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, Director, Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, Nuevo Laredo Presidente Municipal Enrique Rivas Cuellar.

      A microburst weather event in May 2017 inflicted serious flooding damage to the CBP processing facility at World Trade Bridge and also impacted Secretaría de Administración Tributaria (SAT) Mexico Customs facilities. CBP and SAT immediately implemented business resumption action plans and commercial traffic was temporarily rerouted to Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.

      Through a phased-in approach, lines of cargo were gradually restored at World Trade Bridge. Full cargo processing was restored at WTB in late August 2017. CBP kept the trade community apprised of developments through frequent business resumption updates. CBP operated out of a temporary modular facility starting in late July 2017 while repairs were made to the main cargo processing facility and operations there resumed in January 2018.

      During today’s facility rededication ceremony, DFO Higgerson in a video presentation shown at the event recounted the history of World Trade Bridge, illustrated the buildback efforts and concluded with a vision of the future, the WTB 2.0 modernization effort, which includes external FAST lanes, state-of-the-art multi-energy portal (MEP) non-intrusive imaging (NII) systems that feed into a common viewer platform housed within a tower-based Command Center that will track all trucks entering and exiting the federal inspection station.

      This modernization of World Trade Bridge, together with the buildback of the facility is part an ambitious effort to integrate the latest technologies to process commercial conveyances securely and expeditiously.

      The facilitation rededication ceremony also featured presentations by Port Director Alberto A. Flores, Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, Nuevo Laredo Mayor Enrique Rivas Cuellar, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and Past President-Chairman Enrique Gonzalez, Laredo Licensed U.S. Custom Brokers Association. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a ribbon cutting was held followed by a facility tour.



    • 02/15/2018 8:30 AM | Anonymous

      An overview of requirements and processes to
       Import and Export Agricultural products


      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

      8:35 – 9:05 am Center for Excellence and Expertise – Agriculture
      -Ms. Laura Riojas/Metztli Ortega

      9:05 – 9:25 am CBP – AQI
      - Supervisors Adriana Limon/Carlos Ramos

      • Import Permits, In-bond Trans-loads, Warehouse Agreements, Reimbursable Overtime, Announce WPM Outreach

      U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

      9:25 – 9:45 am Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
      - Jerry Gonzalez

      • Identification Services, Fumigations, Fumigations in-lieu of Identification, Billing, Contact Information

      9:45 – 10:05 am Veterinary Services (VS)
      - Dr. Gustavo Soberano

      • Importation of Cattle and Horses, Inspection protocol, Billing

      10:05 – 10:35 am Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
      - Eduardo Lozano

      • Export opportunities for U.S. Agriculture, Contact Information

      10:35 – 11:05 am Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)
      - Dr. Gadriel Hamilton

      • Inspection of meat, poultry, and processed egg products, Contact Information

      11:05 – 11:20 am 15 minute Break

      11:20 – 11:40 am City of Laredo Health Department
      - Juan Carmona

      • Overview of perishables and warehouse inspection ordinances, Contact Information

      11:40 – 12:10 pm U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS)
      - Jose Blanco

      • Importing or exporting Wildlife or wildlife products, Scheduling Inspections, Billing

      12:10 – 12:30 pm U.S. Food Drug Administration (FDA)
      - IS/CSO Albert Cornejo

      • Trending, Contact Information


    • 02/07/2018 9:00 AM | Raul S. Villarreal

      We had our regular monthly meeting with CBP this past Wednesday February 7th, 2018


      A new broker license was presented by Port Director Alberto Flores to Gabriel Luna



      CBP Deputy Director Field Office Bradd Skinner and LLUSCBA Customs Commitee chairperson Olga Cantu


    • 01/10/2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous

      LCC and The Laredo Licensed US Customs Brokers Association partnered to foster student success with a scholarship donation to support career pathways in trade, transportation, logistics, and cyber security.

      A check for $1,500 was presented to increase an endowment established 15 years ago to a balance of almost $25,000. 

      Another check for $2,500 possible by the generous donation of one of our members who wished to remain anonymous was presented.

      Click for more photos and video


    • 01/01/2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous
      Annual Permit Fee Reminder: 2018 annual user fee of $141.70, which is assessed for each permit held by broker, whether it may be an individual, partnership, association, or corporation is due by close of business January 26, 2018.

      The annual permit user fee and annual national permit fee for calendar year 2018 is $141.70.  See  Federal Register Notice 2017-25435.  The payment is due for each permit held. 

      Examples:

      • 1 district permit and a national permit would necessarily require payment of $283.40.  
      • Four district permits and a national permit would necessarily require payment of $708.50 in calendar year 2018. 
         
      Permit due dates and the associated fees are generally announced in the Federal Register annually between November and January.

      Payment is presented where the local permit was issued. For permits issued in Laredo, TX please take payment to cashier's office at World Trade Bridge.

    • 01/01/2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous

      Effective January 2nd, 2018

      LLUSCBA office will be located at LCC Campus at Fort McIntosh

      Our telephone is also changing to 956-307-3400


    • 12/30/2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous

      US Customs and Border Protection has announced the adjustment of certain user fees beginning January 1, 2018. In accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the minimum merchandise processing fee (MPF) will be increased to $25.67 from $25 and the maximum will be raised to $497.99 from $485

      Additional Customs user fees can be found in the Federal Register notice.

    • 12/20/2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

      On December 20th, LLUSCBA held its first Board & Committees meeting at our new office located in the LCC Campus next door to De la Garza Bldg., it also marked the last meeting for the current administration under President Enrique Gonzalez whose term expires on Dec 31st.

      Thanks Henry for all the work you did for the Association these last 2 years!


    • 12/15/2017 1:56 PM | Anonymous

      2018 Electronic Triennial Reporting

      MODERNIZED TRIENNIAL REPORTING AND FEE PROCESS WEBINAR by CBP

      Click image to download presentation





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