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Pacific Coast Council

Making a difference in Trade Facilitation

August 3, 2018


The ‘August Recess’ is typically the entire month of August, until Congress returns after Labor Day. When we get to August, it’s possible to see whether Congress is going to meet its responsibilities and agenda set forth at the beginning of each year. This year, for the first time in quite a few years, it’s looking like one of the basic functions of Congress might actually be fulfilled, namely passing all 13 appropriations bills necessary to fund all the functions of the United States government – and most remarkably, getting it done before the government’s new Fiscal Year begins October 1.


Congress has in many years failed to agree to spending levels before the beginning of the new Fiscal Year, forcing it to pass Continuing Resolutio...

March 22, 2018

301 Process: 

First, we are hearing that President Trump will make an announcement at 12:30pm today on the 301 process.

Generalized System of Preferences: 

Second, Congressional leaders have finally come to an agreement on a FY19 Omnibus Appropriations bill that includes a three-year renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The agreement extents GSP retroactively back to January 1, 2018, which is when the program expired.

The omnibus also included a change to GSP rules that currently restricts imports of a particular product to certain dollar and percentage amounts called "competitive need limitations.” With the change, USTR will be able to grant a CNL waiver under certain conditions, such as U.S. national security i...

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About the PCC

The Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assns. Inc. (PCC) was established to further the interests of Pacific Coast freight forwarders and customs brokers, their customers, U.S. exporters and importers, and the entire international trade community. It is the primary goal of the PCC to foster the unimpeded flow of international trade along the U.S. Pacific Coast, and to assure the productive participation of forwarders and brokers.

The Five Pacific Coast Associations 

Customs Brokers & International Freight Forwarders Association of Washington State - https://www.cbiffawstrade.org/

Columbia River Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association - https://www.crcbfa.org/

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California - https://cbfanc.org/

Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association - https://www.lacbffa.org/

San Diego Customs Brokers Association - http://www.sandiegobrokers.org/

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