Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bid Now for Right to Ship Chicken Legs to Nicaragua

Central America Poultry Export Quota, Inc. (CA-PEQ)
Notice of Open Tender
Bids open: November 20, 2009
Bids due: December 4, 2009

Central American Poultry Export Quota, Inc. (CA-PEQ) invites bids for the right to ship U.S.-origin chicken leg quarters to Nicaragua duty-free under a CAFTA tariff-rate quota granted by the Republic of Nicaragua to the United States. The export item is chicken leg quarters, (SAC Nos. 0207.13.93; 0207.14.93; 1602.32.00.10 which correspond respectively to HTS Nos. 0207.13.99.20; 0207.14.99.20 and 1602.32.00A referred to in the text of CAFTA-DR). The product must be imported into Nicaragua between January 1st and December 31, 2010. Certificates of Quota Allocation are being offered duringthis open tender for 487 metric tons in total.

Any person or entity incorporated or domiciled, and with a legal address, in the United States is eligible to bid. Bids must be received by CA-PEQ not later than 5 p.m. (EST) on December 4th, 2009. The minimum bid quantity is 1 metric ton; the minimum bid price is $22.04/metric ton. Bids must be submitted in dollars and cents per metric ton. Bids should not be submitted in amounts that include fractions of a cent. If a bid is received in an amount that includes fractions of a cent, the administrator will ignore the fractions of a cent and consider only the amount that was bid in dollars and full cents. Performance security (the lesser of $50,000 or the total value of the bid) must be provided for each bid. The Certifi cates of Quota Allocation will be awarded to the highest bidder(s).

Interested parties may obtain the required bid forms and bid instructions at: http://www.mmsend3.com/ls.cfm?r=180395312&sid=7993497&m=871385&u=cbmedia&s=http://www.capeq.org/ or by contacting the CA-PEQ Administrator, DTB Associates, LLP, 901 New York Ave, N.W. 3rd fl oor – Box 12, Washington, D.C. 20001, U.S. Office phone (202) 684-2512, Fax. (202) 684-2233.

Central America Poultry Export Quota, Inc.
c/o DTB Associates, LLP
901 New York Avenue, N.W. 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001
Office phone: 202-684-2512 Fax: 1-202-684-2233
E-mail: Administrator@ca-peq.org    http://www.mmsend3.com/ls.cfm?r=180395312&sid=7993498&m=871385&u=cbmedia&s=http://www.ca-peq.org

Monday, November 2, 2009

FDA's PREDICT is Coming!

Beware, FDA will soon have a system to track your performance!

FDA will implement PREDICT (Predictive Risk-based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Targeting and Import Trade Auxiliary Communications System).  Although this is likely the longest acronym known to man, I am looking forward to this new system replace OASIS. 

PREDICT will be FDA's system to target higher risk shipments, and will keep track of importers compliance.  PREDICT will make it essential for importers to cooperate with brokers in advance, and utilize the "Affirmation of Compliance" section on customs entry forms -- which helps provide to FDA a quick mechanism to prove that you are compliant with FDA regulations.

FDA has many outreach events scheduled to get the word out about the new changes coming with PREDICT.  The Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders (FCBF) is assisting to get the word out and has outreach events in Tampa and Miami.

U.S. Customs - Your Personal Policeman at the Border

Many companies mistakenly believe that registering a trademark or copyright with the U.S. Government provides sufficient protection and remedies, and, therefore, do not take the extra step to record those trademarks or copyrights with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Customs).

The processes achieve two completely different goals.

Registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office gives public notice of one’s ownership of the trademark or copyright. On the other hand, the purpose of recording a trademark or copyright with U.S. Customs is to partner with the agency in preventing the unauthorized importation of merchandise that bears a recorded trademark or copyright. U.S. Customs prevents counterfeit and otherwise infringing products from entering or exiting the United States for registered trademark or copyright holders who have recorded their trademarks or copyrights with Customs.