December 5

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. 

Check Your Credits!

As the end of the year is 

rapidly approaching, we 

highly encourage all CCS 

and CES designees to check their credits to ensure that their transcripts are up to 

date.  Please note that you 

must have 20 credits per designation to renew for 

2014.   To check 

your transcript, go to and log 

in at the individual profile login.  If you believe your transcript is incomplete, please contact 

Brandon Pinkney at 


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U.S. Customs Finalizes Its Durability Test For Footwear With Textile Outer Soles

On November 13, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") issued a General Notice to inform the public how it will administer Additional U.S. Note 5 to chapter 64 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS").


U.S. Note 5 specifies that to be classified as footwear having a textile outer sole in Chapter 64, HTSUS, the textile outer sole must possess "the characteristics usually required for normal use of an outer sole, including durability and strength." See Customs Bulletin and Decisions, vol. 47, No. 45, pages 57-67 (November 13, 2013). If textile sole components meet the durability standard then the shoes will be classified in Heading 6405, HTSUS. If the textile sole components do not meet the durability standard, then the textile will be disregarded and the footwear will generally be classified in Headings 6402 and 6404, HTSUS, and possibly subject to higher duty rates.


In this publication, CBP accepted the standard that it previously proposed to interpret U.S. Note 5. The applicable test will be ISO 20871 ("Footwear - Test Methods for Outsoles - Abrasion Resistance") which is published by the International Organization for Standardization and available for purchase at CBP characterized the test procedure in ISO 20871 as a good measure of the "wearability" of the constituent material of outer soles without regard to specific conditions of use (age, weight, and particular usage) or commercial acceptability.


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Source: Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP.

NEI & Roanoke Trade to host Free ACE eBond Webinar on December 12

At the September 2013 TSN meeting, the Surety Account Subcommittee and the eBond Subcommittee held a joint meeting to discuss various issues related to sureties in the ACE environment and the status of eBond. Additionally, there were presentations from invited guests Monica Crockett, Director, Entry Summary Accounts and Revenue; John Everett, ACE Business office, Office of International Trade on the topic of eBond; and Kara Welty, Chief, Debt Management Branch, Revenue Division on the topic of the Single Transaction Bond Centralization project.


At the end of the meeting, representatives from the NCBFAA asked if the Surety and eBond Subcommittee trade co-chairs would be willing to participate in a webinar on the status of eBond for the NCBFAA members who were unable to attend the TSN meeting. The Subcommittee co-chairs agreed to the request with the caveat that due to CBP's lack of progress on eBond for at least two (2) years (for whatever reasons) the information would have to be limited to the status of eBond as of September 2011. However, due to CBP's serendipitous scheduling of a December 2 eBond update, we will be able to provide you with the most up-to-date information on where CBP intends to take eBond, how they intend to get there, and how it will affect the customs broker community.


Roanoke Insurance Group Inc. is pleased to assist in facilitating the presentation of this most important topic to the customs broker community.


To register for this free webinar, please click here.

January CCS Course Registration Closing Soon
Are you interested in enrolling in the January 2014 CCS Course?!  Don't wait until the last minute!  Registration closes December 20!

The CCS course provides trade professionals involved in the import industry with the most up-to-date information they need to become experts in current import regulations. It is also a valuable way for employers to recognize who is most capable for a job thanks to their commitment to continuing education. The course reviews fundamental points relevant to the import process while delving into practical, germane subject matter not generally tested on the Customs Broker License exam. The course is also updated to reflect the ever-changing import industry. Register today to get one step closer to being considered an expert in imports!
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