• De Minimis Nightmare

    De Minimis Nightmare (January, 2017) As previously mentioned in “De Minimis Value Increases to $800.00“, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 raised the value of a shipment of merchandise imported by one person on one day that imported free of duties and taxes from $200.00 to $800.00. This was expected to expedite and…

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  • Seattle Office Closure! 2-6-2017

    Dear Vantage Point Services Customers,   We are experiencing extreme weather conditions with over a foot of snow at our Seattle Office Location! Employee safety is our first concern, so they will not be able to come into the office until road conditions clear up. Our phones in the Seattle office are being transferred to our…

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  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays from the Vantage Point Services San Francisco Team!   We had a great holiday party this weekend consisting of great wine, fun times, and delicious food!   Now back to work!

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  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween from Vantage Point!!!   Our Seattle Office dressed up as Superheros! Give us a call if you need to be rescued from a scary freight situation!

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  • Use of ACE CBPF 3461 and Local Impact – Bonds Required for All Entries

    USE OF ACE CBPF 3461 AND LOCAL IMPACT (July 26, 2016) As you may already be aware, effective July 23, 2016, CBP will no longer accept the prior version of the CBPF 3461 (10/09 Version). General Instructions for Non-ABI Processing can be found at https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export/ One of the most important things to note is that,…

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  • ACE Capabilities Deployed and Mandated

    ACE Capabilities Deployed and Mandated (July 23, 2016) Activation and Mandate in ACE for Quota Entry Types and Reject Notifications for ACS submissions (as of July 21, 2016) Beginning July 23, 2016 trade parties will be required to submit electronic entries and entry summaries for additional entry types to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  Electronic entries and…

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  • Yemen Shuts Down Ports After Saudi Airstrike

    From Vantage Point Services – UPDATE 3/28/2016 All airports in Yemen are currently closed, however there are limited operations to Aden port via ocean freight currently – Full Container Load (FCL) only. Please contact us for more details. Yemen Shuts Down Ports After Saudi Airstrike (March 27, 2015) JOC Staff Yemen has shut down its…

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  • De Minimis Value Increases to $800

    De Minimis Value Increases to $800 (March 11, 2016) WASHINGTON — As agreed in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, signed by President Barack Obama Feb. 24, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that March 10, it raised the value of a shipment of merchandise imported by one person on one…

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  • CBP Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Trade and Travel Numbers

    CBP Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Trade and Travel Numbers (March 4, 2016) WASHINGTON—As the agency charged with protecting America’s borders, welcoming visitors to the United States, and facilitating the nation’s international trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection plays a vital role in the national security and economic prosperity of the United States. Today, CBP released…

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  • CBP Announces the Open Season for Applications for the Reimbursable Services Program

    CBP Announces the Open Season for Applications for the Reimbursable Services Program (February 1, 2016) WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today the open period for accepting letters of application through the Reimbursable Services Program (RSP). Applications may be submitted via email to559reimbursableservices@cbp.dhs.gov until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 29. Pursuant to Section 559 of…

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