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January 20th 2013,




Powerhouse has moved to a NEW location at 337 Merrick rd. Lynbrook NY. Our new pone number is (516) 887-6501, and our new fax number is (516) 887-0040, however the old number is still available to forward calls. Please feel free to stop by to visit our new office.



October 18th, 2013

ISF holds in CBP's LA/Long Beach Ports

When ISF enforcement began in July, CBP in Los Angeles took a measured approach in placing holds on cargo that did not have an ISF on file 24 hours prior to delivery. Their goal was to bring more shipments into a higher compliance level. The approach has succeeded in a 50% reduction in the number of shipments arriving without an ISF on file.


Recently, the L.A. Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) distributed an announcement that CBP’s Los Angeles/Long Beach offices will be stepping up their enforcement rules effective October 7. They have started to place holds on all cargo where there is no ISF on file 48 hours prior to arrival of the vessel. They will also begin putting holds on consolidated shipments when at least one house of lading has no ISF on file. 


The following procedures for the hold on consolidated containers are: CBP will place a “2O” hold at the house bill of lading level.  Placing the hold at this level will hold the container at the terminal.  When the consolidator/NVOCC transmits the electronic Permit to Transfer (PTT), they will learn about the hold.  When CBP sees the electronic PTT, they will override the ISF hold with a “1W” authorization to transfer the goods to the Consolidated Freight Station (CFS).   Before the “1W” is authorized, CBP will send a manual notice to the CFS placing a hold on the offending house bill(s) of lading.  If a paper PTT is submitted, CBP will follow the same procedure before processing the PTT request. CBP will remove the hold only after they have issued the manual hold to the CFS and the CFS acknowledges the hold order.

The CFS will be allowed to unload the container to breakdown the consolidation. All house bills of lading that have an ISF on file will be allowed to be processed for release under current processes.  For a held shipment, once an ISF is on file for the shipment CBP will decide if they want to exam the cargo. They will also decide if they want to perform the exam at the CFS of if they will require it to move to a Centralized Exam Site. 

CBP manually checks the ISF status for shipments for which they have placed a “2O” hold. They are not done immediately once the ISF is matched to the shipment.  It may take more than a day.  

The above processes are temporary for operations in Los Angeles as CBP in the Port continues its measured approach to ISF enforcement and they will change as CBP determines its next step toward full ISF enforcement.

The best way to avoid costly inspections, examinations or liquidated damages is to ensure that ocean cargo is shipped with a timely, complete and accurate ISF and bond to secure the obligation for release of cargo and subsequent entry. 



October 18th, 2013

End of Government Shutdown

With the end of the furloughs, we just wanted to confirm that all Client Reps are back to work, and all Government websites are accessible again.


We also wanted to pass along a message issued yesterday regarding the use of temporary Steel Licenses:


Effective October 17, 2013, the U.S. government has reopened, and the steel licensing system is again operational.


we recognize the difficulties presented by the uncertainties of the shutdown and apologize for any confusion.


Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns.



October 1st, 2013

Government ShutDown

Be advised that due to the lapse of appropriations some Government Agencies and Government websites have been shutdown, such as the online HTS, due to the work stoppage.

The online steel licensing system has been temporarily suspended and the computer system closed. However, you will need a license number to complete customs entry summary processes and all ACS Client Representative Offices have been closed as a result of the shutdown.

We've not been advised of it's effect on Other Government Agencies, but will pass along any new news on this topic.

Please advise your staff of these events.

For more info regarding your steel shipments please contacts us @ info@powerhousechb.com


August, 2013

Expiration of GSP ATPA and ATPDEA; clarification of AGOA; and impact on MPF

               The Generalized system of preferences (GSP) Program; the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA); and he associated Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) which allow for duty free treatment of certain goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse expired after midnight, July 31,2013 as Congress failed to renew it before the expiration date.

Special Procedures for GSP- Eligible Goods:

Importers should pay normal trade relations (column 1) duty rate but continue to flag GSP- eligible importations with the applicable Special Program Indicator (SPI) “A” or “A+” until further notice. If the program is renewed with retroactive clause, use of the SPI will allow CBP to flag GSP- eligible line items for the processing of automatic duty refunds.

There are currently no corresponding procedures available for the ATPA (SPI “J”) or ATPDEA (SPI “J+”) programs which will allow CBP to process automatic duty refunds if these programs are renewed with retroactive clause.

Clarification of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Eligible Goods:

By virtue of the AGOA acceleration Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-274, July 13th, 2004) AGOA preference has been extended through September 30th, 2015. Accordingly goods eligible for AGOA preference may continue to receive said preference or tariff items displaying SPI “A”, “A+” or “D” in the special column of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).

-        To receive AGOA preference on a good with SPI “D” in the “Special” column of the HTSUS, the importer will continue to file the entry summary with SPI “D” and without duty.

-        To receive AGOA preference on a tariff item with SPI “A” or “A+” in the “Special” column of the HTSUS (and thus no “D”), the importer will file the entry summary with the SPI “A” but without duty.

Impact on Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF):

The expiration of GSP, ATPA or ATPDEA has no impact on the payment or non-payment of Merchandise Processing Fee MPF). Importers should continue to refer to 19 C.F.R 24.23 and appropriate General Headnotes of the HTSUS for guidance on the applicability of MPF.  


June 7th 2013:


Initiation Date for Liquidated Damages for ISF Non-Compliance


In order to achieve the most compliance with the least disruption to the trade and

to domestic port operations, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense

approach to Importer Security Filing (ISF or 10+2) enforcement.  On July 9, 2013

CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF, and will start issuing liquidated damages

against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance.


     Feel free to contact us for more details on how to stay Protected

Phone: (516) 887– 6501  Fax: (516) 887 – 0040  Email: INFO@POWERHOUSECHB.COM