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New Import Certification Requirements for Organic Products

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is expected to release the new rules for submitting electronic import certificates for shipments containing organic food, feed, or fiber.  The AMS is expected to ‘flag’ 7,200 tariff numbers as potentially subject to this requirement. Therefore, it will become important that the documents indicate whether or not a product is ‘certified organic.’ The customs broker will need to either file the disclaimer or provide the import certificate number from the foreign exporter.

This week, CSMS #42280794 was released stating that the message set for the National Organics Program will be in the testing mechanism of CBP’s ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) system on April 25th, 2020.

This means that brokers will soon be able to test the data transmission of entries that are flagged for this requirement.  The AMS is working on a notice of proposed rulemaking to require their data in ACE, but that is not expected for at least one year.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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