Summer 2014

Leo School Project

In 2013, LEO Global Logistics Group joined hands with Business Networking International (BNI) “Warrior Group” to create “My School Project”. The project’s objective is to raise funds to repair school building and provide learning materials for “Baan Huay Plakong School” in Mae Ramad district, Tak province. The distance from Bangkok to this school is 540 km and takes approximately 7.30 hours for the journey. more...


Recordkeeping Requirements

Importers and carriers have always been required to provide U.S. Customs officers with documentation that would allow for the accurate assessment of duties. This is consistent with one of their primary missions, which is to protect the revenue of the United States. Even in the late 18th century, regulations were in place covering import documentation requirements, which included an oath stating that the quantities and values reported on the documents was accurate. Penalties and forfeiture of cargo were used as enforcement actions to ensure compliance. more...


Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented a revised Timely ISF enforcement strategy which provides for local port discretion based on infrastructure and staffing resources (i.e., holding freight vs. issuing monetary penalties).  CBP will consider assessing a $5,000 penalty after the importer has been issued at least three (3) warnings for significantly late or missed ISF filings.

These warnings may be by E-MAIL, TELEPHONE OR LETTER! more...


Export FAQ

What does “Ultimate Consignee Type” mean?

A new element has become a requirement for AES filing.  Per 15 CFR 30.6 (a) (28), exporters will need to provide the business function of the ultimate consignee most often applies.   The Final Rule became effective April 5, 2014. Please note that there is a 180 days Informed Compliance phase in on the new requirements; so no enforcement penalties until October 2, 2014.

Here are the definitions of each of the functions:

Direct Consumer ( D ) - A non-government institution, enterprise or company that will consume or use the exported good as a consumable, for its own internal processes, as an input to the production of another good or as machinery or equipment that is part of a manufacturing process or a provision of services and will not resell or distribute the good.

Government Entity ( G ) - A government-owned or government-controlled agency, institution, enterprise or company.

Reseller ( R ) - A non-government reseller, retailer, wholesaler, distributor, distribution center or trading company.

Other/Unknown ( O ) - Other/Unknown is an entity that does not fall under one of the other three ultimate consignee types, or whose type is not known at the time of export.

Used Self-propelled Vehicles from US
Change to US Export Regulations

The CSCB has received several inquiries from members regarding a change to U.S. export reporting for used self-propelled vehicles. The CSCB has looked into this issue and is now able to offer the following clarification. more...


Queen Cleopatra and the ports of Alexandria

Cleopatra was one of the most famous importers/exporters in history.  She ran one of the largest and most active trade ports of the time.  Love and greed and desire to control this port were her downfall and the downfall of the famous port of Alexandria.

Between internal civil wars and outside empires’ desire to gain control, the ports of Alexandria never regained the original formal glory.

Since the late 19th century, Alexandria became a major center of the international shipping industry and one of the most important trading centers in the world.  This port profits, both from the easy overland connection between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea and the lucrative trade in Egyptian cotton.

What does this tell us, today?  We rely on all major ports to be free from restrictive government actions and to be safe from attacks from warring neighbors.  From sea ports to airports, around the world, we are dependent on the safe transport of our everyday needs.  Energy sources, raw materials, food supplies, drugs, medications, medical devices and retail goods transport every day and it is easy to forget how many parties are involved to get these articles to your door. 


Pre-shipment inspections (PSI) are required when mandated by the government of the importing country. Governments assert that pre-shipment inspections ensure that the price charged by the exporter reflects the true value of the goods, prevent substandard goods from entering their country, and mitigate attempts to avoid the payment of customs duties. more...


The below information was gathered from various GOAL Partners and industry sources to provide some insight as to developments within the industry. more...

Potential West Coast Work Stoppage

Six-Month Grace Period for Compliance with
New [U.S.] Foreign Trade Regulations

The [U.S.] Census Bureau is giving the trade community six months to come into compliance with the revised Foreign Trade Regulations that took effect on April 5. Both Census and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have agreed to a 180-day informed compliance period during which they will educate the trade on the new requirements contained in the March 2013 final rule.

As a result, through Oct. 2 no penalties will be issued for failure to comply with any new requirements found in the March 2013 rule...

For a list of FTR revisions, please refer to the Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg article at:


The current labor contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Association Union (ILWU) and port operators along the U.S. West Coast is set to expire on June 30, 2014. more...

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