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Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico

Last updated on April 15th, 2019Will we soon see the resumption of a 23-year old investigation? The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration recently informed representatives of Mexico’s tomato growers the current suspension agreement would soon terminate. U.S. government officials and representative of both US and Mexico’s growers are negotiating new terms and price floors. Unfortunately, it does not appear all parties will be in agreement prior to the early-May deadline, resulting in the resumption of the 23-year old antidumping investigation. Strong indications are pointing to the end of the existing suspension agreement covering imports of Mexican fresh tomatoes. Termination of a suspension agreement, expected to occur around May 7, means the resumption of the original ADD investigation which already reached the stage of an affirmative preliminary determination and the commencement of provisional measures.  Around May 7, we anticipate CBP will be instructed by Commerce to, once again, suspend liquidation of covered entries and enforce provisional measures based on the following growers’/exporters’ ADD margins:   The resumption of the investigation is as if the affirmative preliminary determination will have been published in May, 2019. It was originally published Nov 1, 1996, 23 years ago. All of the ensuing investigation deadlines (75 to 135 days for Commerce’s final determination as to the ADD margin; then 45 more days for the US ITC’s final determination as to injury) will be reset and commence upon the 2019 resumption of the investigation. Even though the Commerce Department rewrote its regulations1 over eight years ago amending how CBP would be instructed to handle provisional measures, that regulatory action applied prospectively. Since this petition regarding fresh tomatoes from Mexico was filed in 1996 it is exempt from the 2011 rewrite of §351.205(d). However, the trade environment and posture of the present administration might mean there could be some statutory or regulatory provision that gives the Commerce Department enough discretion to deny the availability of a bond-in-lieu-of-cash option, making cash deposits the only option. Planning ahead for the next steps: 1. Plan for an underwriting review and/or pre-approval of higher bond limits. Roanoke encourages southern border U.S. customs brokers to contact their clients to determine those that import, or are likely to import, fresh tomatoes from Mexico. Importers need to be aware of the imminent drastic changes to current-day duty-free imports. Importers should be planning for how…
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Announcing the 2019 NCBFAA Scholarship Award Winner

Last updated on April 4th, 2019Roanoke Trade is thrilled to announce the winner of this year’s National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America scholarship award.   Ms. Irmak Sensoz is the proud recipient of a $5,000 scholarship for her essay titled “Impacts of the US-China Trade War.” Ms. Sensoz’s outstanding work met or exceeded all of the requirements to receive the award.   [maxbutton id=”1″ url=”” text=”Read Ms. Sensoz’s Essay” ]   The award will be presented on Monday, April 15, 2019, by Karen Groff, President of Roanoke Insurance Group, Inc., at the 46th NCBFAA Annual Conference. Introducing Ms. Groff will be Anne-Marie Bush, the 2019  NCBFAA Annual Conference Chair   Our winner, Ms. Sensoz, is currently a high school senior in the Academy for Business and Finance at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey.   She is already an accomplished young adult. Ms. Sensoz has been admitted to Georgetown University class of 2023 in the Early Action program. The accept rate for the program is only 12% of the approximately 7,800 that applied.   “Throughout my life, I have seen my parents work in freight forwarding and they have inspired me to continue work in international trade during my career path,” states Ms. Sensoz.   Ms. Sensoz’s essay examines the effects of the current trade war with China and the impact it may have on the entire U.S. economy, especially as it relates to the dollar, prices for American consumers, the investment market and the long-term outlook for monetary policy.   Ms. Sensoz’s motivation for writing about this topic was developed during her IB Macroeconomics class. Of all of the classes she’s taken, it taught her the most about her areas of interest. Specifically, international trade and foreign trade policy. Her class has discussed many aspects of the US-China trade war, particularly its causes and potential effects. This class has also inspired her to go into a field that deals with trade policy and economics.   During her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing and intends to read all of the great American classics. She is also an intern in the Office of Senator Cory Booker and on the Federal Reserve Challenge and debate teams in her school.   Her goal is to study Government and Economics and complete a minor in International Business Diplomacy…
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CBP Form 5106 – Create/Update Importer Identity Form

Absent any implementation delay, starting on March 17, CBP will begin using its new version of the CBP Form 5106. The new version differs quite significantly from the current version, and many of the changes, while optional, involve collecting more details about the entity. For those that file the form by mail/email with CBP, the Revenue Division will not accept the old version after March 17. For customs brokers that file the information through ABI, there is a hard cutover with no overlap. To assist the trade with identifying the changes to the form – particularly the newly required versus option fields – CBP has published the CBP ACE Information Notice. Your Roanoke Trade bond service team is here to assist you with any questions about the new form. Please call us at 1-800-ROANOKE with any questions.

Announcing an Expansion to KnowledgePort™

Roanoke Trade is pleased to announce the expansion of our KnowledgeportTM online training course catalogue. Roanoke is committed to assist our clients in navigating the complexities of insurance and to produce and promote industry best practices education, and KnowledgeportTM is our web-based education platform dedicated to the needs of our clients. The educational material on KnowledgeportTM comes in two forms: online interactive courses composed of one or more lessons and recorded webinars led by industry experts including Roanoke team members and partner companies. Existing topics covered include Best Practices for Risk Management, ATA Carnets, Customs and Surety Bonds, Cargo Insurance, and Errors & Omissions Insurance.   We are excited to let you know that in February we will be releasing a new ATA Carnet Fundamentals interactive course. You will learn about the ATA Carnet document and the process of temporary importation. The lesson will give insights into the many benefits of using an ATA Carnet. The course will cover what types of goods qualify for an ATA Carnet, the three types of temporary importation that fall under the ATA carnet, and how goods on the ATA Carnet may be exempted from other government requirements.   Additional courses planned for release in the 2019 calendar year include Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties, an important topic in light of the ongoing “trade wars”, as well as additional transportation insurance related courses.     Best of all, KnowledgeportTM learners can earn NEI continuing education credits from anywhere at any time, and KnowledgeportTM access is free to Roanoke clients.   [maxbutton id=”1″ ]   For bulk registration of multiple learners, call your local Roanoke contact.

ATA Carnet Alert – China Carnet Access Expanded for US Business

Last updated on January 23rd, 2019Roanoke Trade is thrilled to pass along the excellent news to our partners and clients that the scope of acceptance for ATA Carnets in China has expanded! Per a recent announcement, the General Administration of Customs of the Peoples Republic of China has started accepting ATA Carnets for Professional Equipment and Commercial Samples as of January 9th, 2019. This means that US exporters and manufacturers can take advantage of entering their professional equipment, tools of the trade and commercial samples into China with ATA Carnets. Previously only goods traveling for Exhibitions, Fairs, and similar cultural events were accepted under ATA Carnet into China. This is a significant and valuable change for US businesses’ access to the Chinese market and makes temporary entry procedures into China much easier. China Carnet Time Limit Removed That is not the only good news. Additionally, China will no longer limit ATA Carnet entries to 6 months. As per the recent announcement, the final date of re-exportation of ATA Carnets in China time limit is being removed and extended to the full validity of the ATA Carnet. This means that moving forward ATA Carnets imported into China will have the same re-exportation date requirement as the majority of countries that accept ATA Carnets. With the new tariffs and barriers to entry into China this could not come at a better time for US business. The ongoing dispute over unfair trade practices between the current administration and the Chinese government has complicated the process of doing business with Chinese markets and suppliers. The expansion of the ATA Carnet in China allows US companies one easy and inexpensive method of continuing or even expanding business in China. With this great news we look forward to providing you with ATA Carnets to China! Contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk today to take advantage of these expansions of the ATA Carnet in China! You can reach us at 1.800.Carnets (1.800.227.6387) or by email at Don’t forget to check out our dedicated China page for all the ins-and-outs of traveling to China with an ATA Carnet.

Introducing the Bond Sufficiency Calculator!

Last updated on November 28th, 2018Roanoke Trade is pleased to introduce our Bond Sufficiency Calculator, a new tool to help you determine the appropriate continuous customs import bond amount. Due to the ongoing “trade wars”, tariffs have recently been increased on many imported goods and materials. These increased tariffs have precipitated a spike in mandated increases to customs bond amounts. Prior to the trade wars tariff implementation, it was rare for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to issue more than 100 to 200 mandated bond increase notices in a month. In September, CBP issued 2,300 notices! A bond’s sufficiency status is continually measured by CBP on a rolling basis of the prior 12 months of activity. The bond amounts required by CBP are necessarily calculated on past activity, but these amounts could still be deficient for the future 12 months. This means that if you rely on CBP to determine the correct bond amount, you may receive multiple increase demands in a 12 month period, causing you the frustration of time wasted on bond replacement, additional premium charged, and multiple saturated bond terms complicating your underwriting process. Furthermore, bonds with high amounts often require special underwriting approval, so quick action is important, and being proactive is essential. To help offset these pitfalls of depending on CBP to determine your bond amount, Roanoke Trade has created the Bond Sufficiency Calculator. Stay ahead of the curve to avoid unpleasant surprises and frequent insufficiency actions imposed by CBP. Calculate your own bond sufficiency. If you determine that bond increase is necessary, then increase your bond to the correct amount the first time instead of dealing with new CBP increase demands month after month. Should you need assistance, please contact your Roanoke Trade Bond Service Team.

ATA Carnet Alert: New Carnet Requirements to Enter Turkey

Last updated on November 6th, 2018 To all ATA Carnet users traveling to Turkey, please be advised that Turkish Customs has implemented a new national rule that requires ATA Carnet holders and/or their authorized representatives to provide an Excel file stored on a memory key to Turkish Customs at the time of entry. This file is then uploaded into Turkey’s national Customs system. The new requirement is coming directly form Turkish Customs, and the Turkish National Guarantee Association (TOBB) was not consulted before its implementation. For ATA Carnet holders and their representatives, this requirement must be taken seriously, as the consequences for failing to present the key with the Excel file has already caused delays and unexpected penalties. As reported by the Secretariat, when the ATA Carnet holder does not have a USB memory stick containing the list at the time of entry, the responses by Turkish customs officers has been inconsistent. In some instance the officer simply enters the data manually, but there have been complaints that some holders had to wait hours or even pay fines. The ATA Carnet community is working diligently to have this requirement reversed. In the meantime to avoid any potential customs delays, we recommend you prepare accordingly.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk at 1.800.CARNETS (1.800.227.6387) or by email

5 Steps to Managing Your Continuous Import Bonds Subject to Trade Wars

Last updated on September 19th, 2018Customs brokers and importers alike can be proactive with the management of their import bonds on goods subject to the Section 232 and 301 trade wars. Here’s how: Compile a list of your import clients affected by the new tariffs Access the latest lists of tariffs subject to Section 232 or Section 301 here. Suggest your importing clients obtain an ACE account and grant you “Sub Account” access to view their data. ACE reports are available to view entries by tariff number. Request access to our FastBond™ Management Reports Users with access to our Management Reports can run the “Entries by Filer” report to get a complete listing of all entries cleared under the customer’s import bond over the last 12 months. Our reports only provide information on continuous import bonds filed with Roanoke Trade. If you are a current customer and do not have access, email us at to sign up! Determine the proper bond amount The general rule for calculating the continuous import bonds is 10% of the total duties, taxes and fees paid the last 12 months (or the next 12 months — whichever is greater), subject to a $50,000 minimum. Refer to the Customs Directive 099 3510-004 and the Current Bond Formulas for specifics. Plan with your importer Discuss the data analysis you reviewed via the ACE reports and FastBond™ management reports with your importer. Discuss what their import bond sufficiency would look like if the additional Section 232 or 301 tariffs were applicable. Have the importer consider their importing plans for the upcoming 12 months — will their imports grow? Factor that into the bond amount calculation to get the right bond amount now, before CBP issues a demand for a larger bond, subject to time restraints to respond. Monitor your importers’ entries going forward Request delivery of Roanoke’s automated Potential Sufficiency reports to stay on top of your customers’ approaching bond saturation in the future. We conduct weekly sufficiency checks on all our import bonds, reviewing entries over the last 12 months, and generate a notice when the total duties, taxes and fees reach 90% saturation (or 80% if antidumping/countervailing duties apply.) A second notice generates at 100% saturation to keep you and your customers alert of potential demands for increased amounts by CBP. Our bond service team can assist…
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Drones, Autonomous Vehicles on Course to Disrupt the Supply Chain

Originally published on August 6th on the TIA website by Grant E. Goldsmith. Earlier this year, General Motors introduced its latest self-driving car – a car with no steering wheel or foot pedals – that’s expected to hit the streets in 2019. GM’s car is meant to drive itself with no assistance (hence no steering wheel) from the driver. This is the future – driverless vehicles. We are now on the edge of a mobility revolution that will eventually impact many parts of the future supply chain. Let’s look at a few of the possibilities and future trends. Future unmanned vehicles, and particularly trucks, will not require drivers to operate them. We will move from Optionally Manned to Partially Manned to Totally Unmanned in the next 10 years. Some questions arise: How will the ever-present concern of driver hours change? If the truck is driving itself, does the driver still have to account for these hours as “driver hours” in order to consider driver fatigue? One theory is that driver hours will be modified and then eliminated entirely in the next 5 to 10 years as trucks become more and more autonomous. This will reduce the consideration for the human limitation of driver hours and push the concerns more toward fuel efficiency and range capability, since trucks will be able to embark on longer journeys. Will future unmanned vehicles be safer than human-operated vehicles? The answer is almost certainly yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asserts that nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured each day in the U.S. due to distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as “driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.” It is easy to understand how a driver could be distracted. I’m sure all of us have experienced distraction while driving at one time or another; some may have even had a near miss or an accident as a result of being distracted while driving. But what if a vehicle driver never got distracted? What if a driver could be relied upon to always pay attention and always see everything on the roadway? Most people don’t realize the safest form of transportation – air travel – is almost entirely computer operated from takeoff to landing. Modern aircraft have long been able to use autopilot. Over the…
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Qatar is Accepting ATA Carnets Beginning August 1st of 2018!

August 1st, is a big day in the ATA Carnet world! After much anticipation Qatar will officially be accepting ATA Carnets, and we know many of you are very happy with this latest ATA Carnet development. As of tomorrow U.S. exporters who ship to Qatar can begin sending their temporary import shipments to Qatar on the ATA Carnet, the “passport for cargo” and the gold standard for temporary entries. To best prepare your business for this change, here is a list of the special considerations that Qatar has for ATA Carnet entries: 1.) As Qatar is only initially accepting goods for exhibitions and fairs, we recommend when completing the Importation Voucher that you notate on the importation voucher in section F b) Declare that goods are intended for use at: the following: a. Name of the Event b. Venue of the Event c. Duration of the Event 2.) Qatar does not accept split shipments. What is listed at time of entry must be the same items listed for re-exportation. Please note – you are able to import part of a general list. However, if only importing select item numbers listed on the general list and not the entire general list, then those same item numbers must be all re-exported together. 3.) ATA Carnet goods entering Qatar are accepted for goods shipped as cargo as well as hand-carried on a commercial airline as carryon baggage or checked as excess baggage. 4.) If you need to extend the time the goods need to stay in Qatar beyond the expiration date then we have good news, Qatar will be accepting Replacement ATA Carnets! 5.) Qatar will be assessing penalties if the ATA Carnet goods are not re-exported on or before the final date of re-exportation notated in box 2 of the importation counterfoil. A fee of QAR 1,000 (US$275) shall be payable weekly or part of the week past the re-exportation date with the condition that the final amount shall not exceed 20% of the value of the goods. We look forward to providing you with ATA Carnets to Qatar! Contact your ATA Carnet Help Desk today, and be the first to enter Qatar on an ATA Carnet! You can reach us at 1.800.Carnets (1.800.227.6387) or by email at