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CCS/CES Renewals

All CCS and CES renewal notices were sent out in early January to all designees eligible for renewal.  

 

Renewal is open now through March 31; please remit payment by then to prevent any penalty fees and keep your designation active. Effective in 2014, any renewals received late will be subject to a $15 penalty fee.    

 

Additionally, if your company pays your renewal fees via an MOU agreement, we will be contacting MOU coordinators separately to ensure all individuals eligible for renewal are invoiced to their company.

 

Free ACE eBond Webinar

Now on NEI YouTube Channel!

Due to popular demand, we have posted the free ACE eBond webinar that was presented on December 12, 2013 on the NEI YouTube Channel.   Click here to view!


NEI ID Number
The NEI ID Number is crucial in ensuring that all CCS and CES transcripts are updated with your hard earned credits.  

To locate your NEI ID number:
2) Log in at Individual Profile Login
3) Your NEI ID Number is located at on your "Personal Detail" page. 

Also, please ensure that your NEI ID number is notated within your GISTnet profile for Case Studies by doing the following:
1) Go to "My Page" and log in
2) Click Update User Record
3) Notate your NEI ID number in the NCBFAA ID field

NEI 2014 First Quarter Program Now Available!
The first quarter program for 2014 is now available online. Check out upcoming webinars, online courses, and events for the months of January to March. All listings in the program are CCS/CES credit approved. Get a jump start on your continuing education in 2014 now!


Click here to access the 2014 First Quarter Program! 

 

Staff Email Address Discontinued

Please note that the email address memb@ncbfaa.org will soon be discontinued.  All general inquiries should be sent to ei@ncbfaa.org.


ACE Software Developer Seminar Worth Six Credits
Six CCS/CES credits will be granted to attendees of the NCBFAA ACE Software Developer Seminar on February 25, 2014, at the Westin Baltimore- Washington Airport-BWI. 

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Single Transaction Bonds (STB) Centralization Progress Update

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), completed an audit and published a report on Efficacy of CBP's Bonding Process in June 2011. The report indicated that lack of adequate controls over the Single Transaction Bond (STB) process results in potential revenue loss from fraud, waste, or mismanagement.  CBP agreed with OIG's recommendations to improve the ability of CBP's bonding process, including appointing a centralized office with the responsibility for developing and implementing STB policy, reporting on activities, and monitoring results.

 

Recently, CBP had problems in ports retrieving and properly executing bonds.  This resulted CBP receiving pressure from the Trade, OIG and other involved parties to centralize STB. There are currently 167 cases in front of the Court of International Trade (CIT) resulting from bond execution errors.  OMB approved CBP to receive $3.3 million to centralize STBs under the Debt Management Branch in Indianapolis, IN. Eventually, CBP wants to build an electronic system for receiving, processing, reviewing, and maintaining bond data. An important part of this concept includes limiting who can push bond data to CBP. In the e-Bond environment, brokers will not be able to push bonds to CBP without surety or surety agent approval. This protects CBP from failure to collects and any potential litigation as a result of execution errors "accepted" by CBP.

 

The STB Working Group noted variations in STB processing activities between ports due to differences in cargo environments, entry locations, and technology migrations while visiting various port sites. Some of the discrepancies include STB review at entry, operating systems, and STB review at entry summary. There are some challenges identified by the STB Working Group such as errors due to manual bond completion, inadequate training, decentralization processes. Centralization of the STB Program and implementation of the e-Bond are intending to eliminate and mitigate these challenges. 

 

CBP held e-Bond planning session in December with the Trade to obtain feedback prior to moving forward with the ACE eBond Development, which is anticipated to begin later this month. 

 

Written by Arzu Rudar, CCS Subcommittee Member

 

Source: Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC)

CBP Expands Filing of Joint Customs Declarations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has expanded upon its definition of "members of a family residing in one household". Long-term same-sex couples and other domestic partnerships will now be included under these guidelines. The final rule enables more returning U.S. citizens, residents and international visitors to file joint itemized declarations for goods obtained in a foreign country. CBP anticipates this change to streamline the process by decreasing the amount of paperwork and time spent processing passengers. This will allow their personnel to operate more efficiently while continuing to uphold high standards of security.

 

Source: U.S. Customs & Border Protection

2014 Department of Commerce Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminars with Special NCBFAA/NEI Discount

Great news! The schedule has been finalized and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will be coming to select cities in 2014 to ensure you understand the NEW Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). In April of this year the DOC and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin enforcing these new FTR's. Each seminar (schedule below) will help ensure that you and your clients understand and are able to comply with these new Export Regulations. 
 
A special 10% discount is available to members and friends of the NCBFAA but act fast because the training sessions have limited seating.  Click here to learn more!

Congratulations to our CCS & CES Scholarship Winners!

The highest scoring CCS and CES students from 2013 will receive a fully paid trip to the 2014 NCFBAA Annual Conference thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, CargoWise (CCS) and Avalon Risk Management (CES).

 

Wendy Harrison was the top scoring student from the entirety of the 2013 CCS student group. Wendy has been in the industry for almost 10 years, moving through the ranks from a receptionist to her current position as Import Supervisor at SDV, USA. She handles many types of files including door to door ocean freight and shipment, RLF entries and ADD/CVD entries. In addition, she is largely responsible for staff training, PEAS, Voluntary Tenders, and Protests on behalf of her company's customers.

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed the NCBFAA's Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) Certification course," Wendy said. "The topics were relevant to today's industry and very informative. The course reviewed all aspects of the import industry and I can now provide professional, knowledgeable and accurate information to our company's clients, vendors and staff."

 

She added that the format of the course lent itself to her busy schedule. "I really appreciated the course was self-paced and allowed me to juggle the many activities of a working mom, while really preparing me for my future career."  Wendy is looking forward to continuing her education through our case studies and even plans to sit for the customs broker license exam in the near future.

 

Tammy-White Castine, Training Advisor of Global Operations Learning & Development at FedEx Trade Networks, was our No. 1 CES student in 2013. She has worked in the customs brokerage industry for 23 years in various roles, including supervisor and team leader. She has advanced through the training organization, rising from operations trainer to senior trainer to training advisor. Most recently, she has been actively involved in the transportation and freight forwarding disciplines, which is what piqued her initial interest in the CES course, and is the Training Lead on several corporate projects in these areas. "The course was instrumental in providing comprehensive background information and solidifying the framework to further my transportation and export knowledge," Tammy said.  "The in-depth information I have learned from the CES course has allowed me to provide valuable insight while training and developing materials for our company's employees."

 

Congratulations to both of our scholarship winners, as well as all of our newly certified students from 2013! Wendy and Tammy will be acknowledged for their achievements during the opening breakfast Monday, April 7th at the 40th NCBFAA Annual Conference in Summerlin, NV.  

What's in store for the Thursday Workshop?

Register for the Thursday Workshops at the 40th NCBFAA Annual Conference!  

 

The following are two of the many sessions that will be offered.

 

CCS Session: Evolution or Transformation; The Changing Role of Customs Brokerage

 

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is in the process of reviewing and modernizing the broker regulations affecting many aspects of how we work, such as continuing education, permits, employee reporting, and relations with third parties. Additionally, CBP is piloting a broker ISA pre-certification program, changing the CBP Form 5106 and may require that importers establish their bona fides. Centers of Excellence and Expertise are up and running. In view of the fundamental changes on, and just beyond the horizon Customs brokers must reconsider their role and realign their businesses. You cannot afford to miss this session!

 

Presenter:  Daniel Gluck, Simon Gluck & Kane LLP

 

CES Session: Export Control Reform: Exposing the Risks for the Unsuspecting Freight Forwarder?

 

For some time now, we have been hearing about export reform and how it will streamline exports. Now, with its implementation, questions arise. Are the changes to Census, BIS & DDTC laws and regulations making it easier to export? Has responsibility shifted from the exporter to the forwarder? What are the consequences for freight forwarders who don't fully understand the new regulations? Learn what you can do to take full advantage of export reform and how to set up internal controls and procedures to meet government requirements and limit your exposure.

 

Presenter:  Lenny Feldman, Sandler, Travis, & Rosenberg

NEI looking for webinar presenters!

Are you a subject matter expert in a particular field? Do you love sharing your knowledge with others? If so, consider becoming an NEI webinar presenter!

  

We are always looking for new speakers to provide accurate, timely and pertinent information to our members on a variety of industry topicsYou can receive NEI credit for your time and efforts, as well as a percentage of proceeds if you are interested.

  

A listing of possible topics is here. For more information, please contact Education Coordinator Cecilia Ferrara at NEI@NCBFAA.org.

QUESTIONS?
Contact us at nei@ncbfaa.org or (202) 466-0222
 
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