WHAT'S NEW AT HAINES INT'L.
OCEAN FREIGHT FORWARDING
We are pleased to announce that the Federal Maritime Commission has issued Ocean Freight Forwarder License Number 20440 to Haines International effective November 14, 2006. Our firm will now begin offering complete ocean export services at competitive rates to both our established clients and new clients. Please contact our office for full details on ocean freight rates, forwarding services, logistics services, SED filings, marine insurance, and consular services.
OFFICES CLOSED JANUARY 2, 2007
Please be advised that all United States Government offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 in observance of a National Day of Mourning in honor of President Ford. Please also be advised at this time that the offices of Haines International, Inc. will also be closed out of respect. We will re-open our offices on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 and we wish to extend the very best wishes to our clients and associates for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.
Haines International, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been certified for C-TPAT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection effective May 18, 2007. C-TPAT is the acronym for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Customs develpoed C-TPAT as a voluntary program together with members of the international trade community to improve protection of the nation's supply chain. We have compiled a security profile that is in compliance with the program's requirements. We will begin screening documents, customers, and business partners to ensure that they are as equally committed to better securing the supply chain and implementing procedures to help promote this security. Importers will be receiving recommendations from us in connection with certain issues that we feel may pose a risk to cargo security. Our service providers will be receiving a security questionnaire regarding their companies' security procedures related to our shipments. Suppliers include, but are not limited to, truckers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, warehousemen, customs brokers, and overseas agents. If you are a C-TPAT participant, you may locate us on the C-TPAT Security Link Portal (SVI) at c34febe2-b1aa-4f19-8202-36b180a8f93a. Any questions in connection with C-TPAT or any requests for a security questionnaire should be addressed to the program administrator at email@example.com.
Haines International is proud to announce that it has received its approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to participate in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) effective July 6, 2007. ACE is the Customs computer system that currently remains in development and will replace the current ACS system. This is a large project involving a large amount of Federal funding and various Government agencies and is being phased in periodically. At present, ACE is offered to importers that feel that the program's benefits will be useful to their business and they meet the requirements of having internet access and completing the ACE partnership agreement. Customs waived the requirement that an ACE applicant be a C-TPAT member. The two major benefits of ACE are periodic duty payments and entry reports. In time, more benefits should become available to the trade. The Periodic Monthly Statement allows importers to pay duties and fees on a monthly basis via the ACE portal. Entry reports enable the importer to generate various reports regarding their import shipments.