Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Is Your Scarf Flammable? Women’s Scarves Recalled Due to Flammability Hazard


DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE SCARVES? 







If so, be advised that there’s been at least 1 report of these scarves catching fire and they have now been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as they failed to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel and pose a risk of burn injury to consumers.
Both the Julie Vos “Sierra” and “Anchor” style scarves have been recalled.
The scarves, which are under the brand, Julie Vos, are 100 percent modal fabric, which is a type of rayon, and were sold in two prints, Anchor and Sierra. Anchor (on the left) was sold in three colors, including blue, green and orange. 

Sierra (on the right) was sold in four colors, including raspberry/magenta, orange/peach, cream/gray and blue/purple. The scarves measure 75 inches long by 45 inches wide and "Julie Vos" is printed on a tag sewn into the back of the scarf.

Manufactured in India, these imported scarves have been sold at specialty boutiques across the country and online at www.julievos.com from January 2014 through February 2014 for about $165.  

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled scarves and contact Julie Vos to arrange to return the scarves for a full refund. Julie Vos will provide a pre-paid postage label for shipping.

More information on the product recall may be found here:  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Womens-Scarves-Recalled-by-Julie-Vos/#remedy


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Friday, June 20, 2014

US Postal Service is Grabbing Market Share Away From Express Couriers




This week I joined the Postal Customer Council for a presentation on the “International Misconceptions of the USPS,” which was presented by my friend, Kenyatta Adams.

While I was aware of changes USPS had been making in terms of increasing international shipments, I was unaware that it has 48% of the U.S. export market and grew 17% between 2011 and 2013.
What’s behind this?  E-Commerce of course, and the increase in wearing apparel sales which typically make for the ideal small and lightweight package.
At the pace the US Postal Service is moving, for small packages going outbound (exports) and inbound (imports) – I’ll explain that in a moment – there will be a lot of “moving and shaking” to keep an eye out for.

Imports have become streamlined thanks to their “Global Direct Entry (GDE) – Inbound” service.  Working with private international logistics providers, they can transport parcels from various foreign countries providing all logistics and brokerage activities.  The package is then handed off to USPS.

The caveat of course, is that shipments involving a certification or other form, such as a Fish and Wildlife declaration form (think, fur products, or a watch with a mother-of-pearl dial) cannot be sent through this type of service, and not all countries are yet a part of this GDE service.  But hey, it’s new and over time, more and more countries will be a part of it.  Currently, there are about 30 participating countries.

The top 3 highlights I learned about are:

1) USPS has International Tracking (yes, they do!), having rolled out “E-DELCON” last year

2) All returns are free for undeliverable packages in international shipping

3) Their service “METROPOST” is a same-day-delivery service in Manhattan and Brooklyn, USPS just has to receive it by 1 pm - this is great news for those of us in NYC!

With their competitive pricing in the 1 ounce to 70 pound packaging niche, not to mention their convenient flat rate envelopes and boxes, which I use, it is definitely not the USPS that it once was.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I’m a Small Business. Does This Law Apply to Me Too?


My startups and smaller clients love to ask me this question. 

The answer to “Does size matter?” is for the most part pretty consistent, which is, “It depends!”


 It depends because even though there may be definitions of what a small business is, when the government puts out a new regulation, or an amendment to one, it may reason that because such new changes will have a limited impact on small businesses, that providing an exception for small businesses to compliance with the new rules is unnecessary.

Let’s take the recent amendments to the regulations for the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (“the Rules”) as an example.

Under the Small Business Size Standards issued by the Small Business Administration, textile apparel manufacturers qualify as small businesses if they have 500 or fewer employees. 
Clothing wholesalers qualify as small businesses if they have 100 or fewer employees.
 The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) staff estimated that approximately 22,218 textile fiber product manufacturers and importers are covered by the disclosure requirements of these amended Rules.

While the FTC figured that a substantial number of these entities likely qualify as small businesses, it concluded that the amendments would not have a significant impact on small businesses because they do not impose any significant new obligations on them.

The FTC therefore, did not propose any specific small entity exception or other significant alternatives as it did not find it necessary to minimize the compliance burden, if any, on small entities while achieving the intended purposes of the amendments.

What do you think? Should smaller businesses be subject to less rigorous compliance requirements?

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Friday, May 30, 2014

U.S. Customs Announces Two New Forms – Can You Spot the Differences From the Old Ones?

Like most Americans, I love new things, so naturally I was pleased to see that Customs announced something new for us today (yay!).



Effective July 1, 2014, the new versions of both the Customs Bond form (Form 301) and the Importer ID Input Record form (Form 5106) will be mandatory and any other version will not be accepted.



Links to these can be found here:

CUSTOMS BOND FORM (CF 301)

IMPORTER ID INPUT RECORD (CF 5106)

Any questions regarding either of these can be directed to Tom Scott, Office of Administration, at (317) 614-4502.

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Happy Friday Everyone!




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Monday, May 12, 2014

Free Importing Event This Thursday at 2 PM in NYC (34th St. and Madison Ave.)


You're invited to join my partner William Shayne, Esq. and I for a presentation on how to grow a successful import business at this World Trade Week NYC event this Thursday at the Science, Industry and Business Library.  Sponsored by the NY Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade together with #WTWNYC.  For more on this event, click here.

AND...For anyone that may be curious about that map behind us, it's a map from (we're guessing) the 1960s of the "U.S. Customs Service."

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