Join WB Skinner at the Industry Event of the Year: 2018 NYNJ Brokers Association Dinner

I hope you will join me, our entire WB Skinner staff, and the many distinguished industry guests at the annual NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association on February 1 in New York City.  It is the largest event of its kind in our industry, with more than 700 attendees. I know you will want to be among them!

We will be honoring Roy Amalfitano, Vice Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp. as our 2018 Person of the Year. The award will be presented at the festive evening in the beautiful Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

This year I also have the privilege to be President of the Association as well as a long-time member and supporter of the industry. I would be honored to have you support this great event and join us for this special occasion. For tickets, ads and sponsorship opportunities please click HERE. If you are in the importing business, you won’t want to miss it!
Bill Skinner is President of the NY/NJFFFBA Board of Directors. He has also been chairman of the Association’s Annual Awards Dinner since 2008.

GSP Expires on December 31, 2017 – What You Should Know

Once again, the Generalized System of Preferences Act (GSP) will be expiring on December 31. With no Congressional authority for renewal in sight before then, importers should be prepared to act as usual during the lapse.

The GSP Act, which provides duty-free treatment to importers of goods from designated beneficiary countries, periodically expires and must be renewed by Congress. All previous GSP renewals that have taken effect after a lapse have had a retroactive clause that provided refunds to importers of eligible goods imported during the lapse period.

What Should You Do?

Until the Act is renewed, WB Skinner encourages you to continue to flag GSP-eligible importations with the SPI “A” designation even as you pay normal trade relations (column 1) duty rates on otherwise GSP-eligible importations.   Refunds will be done directly by CBP, which this year is working towards automating the refunds to enable quicker payment.

If you are a current client of WB Skinner, you will receive your refunds automatically. Contact us for more information.

If you are not a current WB Skinner client, contact us to find out how to receive your refunds.

If you have any questions about your shipments, from how to ensure their safe and effective delivery to ensuring the most cost-efficient procedures, you can count on us to help. And we guarantee you will be greeted by one of our experienced partners, not shuttled off to a junior associate or a voice mail.

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