CBP Final Rule on In-Bond Process

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced, in the September 28, 2017 edition of the Federal Register, their final ruling adopting, with several changes, proposed amendments to CBP regulations regarding changes to the in-bond process published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2012. After receiving comments and concerns related to the original proposed rulemaking, CBP has made the following changes:

  • In-Transit Time for Merchandise Transported by Barge: The final ruling will extend the in-transit time for in-bond merchandise transported by barge to 60 days, while maintaining the proposed 30-day transit time for the other modes of transportation.
  • Uniform Timeframe for Report of Arrival, Notice of Export and Other Events: In the final rule, CBP is retaining the current time limit of two working days for bonded carriers to report the arrival of merchandise at the port of destination or port of exportation with one technical change.
  • Description of Merchandise: First, CBP will require that in-bond merchandise subject to the authority of a U.S. government agency be described with sufficient accuracy to enable the agency concerned to determine the contents of the shipment. Second, CBP is removing the requirement that the in-bond filer identify prohibited or restricted merchandise. Third, CBP is removing the requirement to provide information regarding textiles and textile products for all in-bond applications. Fourth, CBP is eliminating the requirement that the filer of the in-bond application “must provide” information regarding merchandise for which the U.S. Government, foreign government or other issuing authority, has issued a visa, permit, license, or other similar number or identifying information and stating instead that the filer “may provide” this information. In lieu of requiring all of the information above, CBP is requiring the filer to provide the six-digit HTSUS number.
  • Reporting the Quantity of In-Bond Merchandise: CBP received many comments about the requirement to provide “the quantity of the merchandise to be transported to the smallest piece count” in the in-bond application. CBP is changing the text in the final rule to require “the quantity of the smallest external packing unit.”
  • Divided Shipments: The current regulations allow an in-bond shipment to be split after the shipment reaches the port of destination with a portion of the shipment entered for consumption or warehouse while the remainder of the shipment is forwarded under a new in-bond to a different port of destination. That provision is contained in §18.5, which governs in-bond shipments diverted from one destination port to another. Because the provisions for splitting a shipment are not limited to diverted shipments we are moving the text of this provision, currently proposed §18.5(d), to a new paragraph (m) in §18.1.
  • Clarification of the Term “Bonded Carrier”: “Bonded Carrier” is now defined as a “carrier of merchandise whose bond under §113.63 of this title is obligated for the transportation and delivery of merchandise.” The party that will be ultimately liable is the party whose bond is obligated in the in-bond record for the in-bond movement.
  • Transfers (Transshipment) From One Conveyance to Another: CBP has reevaluated this requirement in light of the comments and has concluded that the requirement to notify CBP when in-bond merchandise is transferred from one conveyance to another is not necessary. The important information for CBP is which party has assumed liability for the shipment of the in-bond merchandise. Accordingly, CBP is changing proposed §18.3 by removing the requirement to notify CBP when merchandise is transferred from one conveyance to another. Additionally, CBP is changing proposed §18.3 to require that when in-bond merchandise is taken over by a subsequent bonded carrier which assumes liability for the merchandise, a report of arrival must be filed by the original bonded carrier and the subsequent carrier must submit a new in-bond application pursuant to §18.1 for the merchandise to be transported in-bond.
  • Seals – Transportation of Bonded Merchandise with Non-Bonded Merchandise: CBP is changing the sealing requirements y adding new provisions §18.4(b)(2) and (3) in the final rule that allow for the transportation of in-bond merchandise with non-bonded merchandise in a container or compartment that is not sealed, if the in-bond merchandise is corded and sealed, or labeled as in-bond merchandise. This will allow in-bond merchandise to be transported with non-bonded merchandise in a container that is not sealed and will facilitate the filling of containers that would otherwise be less than container load shipments.

This ruling will go into effect on November 27, 2017.

Courtesy the NCBFAA

Happy Halloween from the James Gang!


James Gang Charleston rocks their Halloween costumes!

Hurricane Matthew – Reopening Info

As our employees and their families begin recovery efforts post-Hurricane Matthew, the John S. James Co.’s coastal offices will officially reopen on the following schedule:

– Charleston – Reopens Monday, October 10th 0830 HRS
– Jacksonville – Reopens Monday, October 10th 0830 HRS
– Savannah – Reopens Wednesday, October 12th 0830 HRS

Please note that for this week, each office will most likely utilize adjusted staffing schedules as our employees return to their homes and assess the damage to their property. If you are unable to reach one of our coastal offices, please contact one of our inland locations (Atlanta, Charlotte or Knoxville).

Given the recent lifting of evacuation orders, we understand that many employees will not be able to return immediately. Use your best judgement – your safety and welfare are our biggest concern.

Employees, if you are unable to return to your office, please notify your manager as soon as possible.

We thank everyone for your prayers and good wishes.

The John S. James Co.

Hurricane Matthew – UPDATE – 10/6/16

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the adverse weather conditions brought about by Hurricane Matthew, the John S. James Co. offices in Jacksonville FL, Savannah GA, and Charleston SC will be closed on Thursday October 6th – Sunday October 9th. For assistance during that time period, please contact one of our inland locations. Thank you.

Hurricane Matthew UPDATE

Presently Hurricane Matthew is still on track to enter our area (JAX/SAV/CHS) on Friday/Saturday. Evacuation Orders have been issued for parts of FL and SC, and Recommendations for parts of GA. These coastal offices will be closed on Friday, reopening Monday October 10th.



Latest Update: Governor Haley has issued an Evacuation Order for the coastal areas around Charleston & Beaufort, starting TODAY at 3:00PM. All lanes of I-26 will be reversed starting at this time to aid in the evacuation, preventing travel into the cities. For more info go to www.scemd.orgDue to the Evacuation Orders issued by the state, JSJ CHS will be CLOSED Thursday & Friday.



Latest Update: The Chatham County (GA) Emergency Management Agency (www.chathamemergency.org) just issued a Voluntary Evacuation Recommendation for all residents of the islands east of the Wilmington River in the Savannah area, beginning tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Those would include Tybee, Wilmington, Talahi and Whitemarsh Islands. Skidaway Island will probably fall under this recommendation also. JSJ SAV will close at NOON on Thursday. If you judge that you must evacuate the area prior to that time, or if government authorities implement mandatory orders, please do so.



Latest Update: Governor Scott has issued mandatory Evacuation orders for Brevard County, and Voluntary Evacuations most of northern coastal Florida (Lucie, Flagler & Duval counties). For more info, go to www.floridadisaster.org.  JSJ JAX will close at NOON on Thursday. If you judge that you must evacuate the area prior to that time, or if government authorities implement mandatory orders, please do so.


Please be safe.


Celebrating our JSJ Employees with a little James Gang Employee Appreciation Week. Today, it’s Waffle Wednesday (mixed with a little Wayback & Western wear)… #JSJ75


Scarlett O’Hara serves waffles at Tara.




James Gang SAV showing off their style!


James Gang Rides Again!


Howdy Pardner!


ATL has BACON!!!


Did you know that Kellogg Corn Flakes were invented on July 30, 1898?  Before 1898, the typical American breakfast consisted of a greasy plate of eggs, potatoes, some kind of pork product and coffee. Delicious! Unfortunately that type of good eating existed only for those with the means to clog their arteries with an amazing breakfast. For the average Joe the first meal of the day was usually porridge, oatmeal or rye whiskey.  It wasn’t until Will Kellogg introduced the corn flake that Americans had access to a nutritious and delicious breakfast.

To celebrate the 118th anniversary of the corn flake (as well as our JSJ75 anniversary), the James Gang enjoyed a healthy company-wide breakfast today. It’s the most important meal of the day…

James Gang Savannah enjoying some corn flakes.

James Gang Savannah enjoying some corn flakes.

Lunch+Learn: Green Thumbs!

Great Lunch+Learn today with Jay Weidner of Weidner Landscape Gardening in Beaufort, SC. We learned a lot about gardening, what plants to plant, and more importantly why most of what we plant doesn’t seem to grow how we think it should.

Thanks to Lesa Drummond of JSJ Savannah for organizing this terrific event!

Jay Weidner

Jay Weidner

MOL Benefactor calls Savannah

Congratulations to the Georgia Ports Authority for welcoming the MOL Benefactor to Savannah! This vessel is the first to call after transiting the new Panama Canal. Details HERE!

CBP: ACE Takes Another Step Forward

On Saturday, July 23rd, CBP will decommission the Automated Commercial System, or ACS. This platform served as the main conduit through which trade transactions flowed for several decades. CBP’s newest platform, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) continues to grow into a viable system through which all trade will flow. So here’s to our old friend ACS, Happy Trails! Details HERE.