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Did You Know…? 2013 FDA FSMA Report Facts

FDA has just released the 2013 Annual Report on Food Facilities, Food Imports, and FDA Foreign Offices.           Section 1003(h)(2)(A) – Number of import lines examined/sampled  FDA physically examined (conducted field exams or analyzed samples) 207,839 food and feed import lines in FY 2012.  Section 1003(h)(2)(B) – Number of import lines READ MORE

PortMiami and CBP Join Forces to Bring Back (and Expedite) Transshipment

PortMiami has been working feverishly to bring back transshipment to Miami. Step one was PortMiami’s outreach to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  PortMiami Director Bill Johnson wrote a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner, Thomas Winkowski, dated June 26, 2013, asking CBP to develop a pilot program, “with a transshipment inspection protocol pilot for PortMiami.” READ MORE

Large Seizure by CBP Highlights High Margins of Counterfeiting, and Necessity of Recordation

Co Authored by Michael De Biase One of CBP’s latest news releases, dated September 27, 2013, noted that more than 16,000 counterfeit Hermes handbags were seized by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) because Hermes took the extra step of recording their intellectual property with CBP.   Not surprisingly, when you analyze the difference between the alleged value of READ MORE