What’s Your Currency?

Did you know? The dollar symbol, $, is used by more than 20 countries around the globe, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Hong Kong.

Currency designation is required information on Commercial Invoices. If your transaction is in US dollars indicate USD on the CI. The dollar sign alone is not sufficient and will most likely cause a delay in customs.

Rate Shop At Your Peril

Mitch Kostoulakos, LCB Ad Hoc Logistics LLC, Int’l Logistics Consultant/Licensed Customs Broker

Rate shopping is not negotiating. It leads to inconsistent service, miscommunication, dissatisfied customers, and re-work. There will always be a lower rate out there. Practice due diligence in your meetings with LSPs and negotiate from a position of strength. However, it is a good business practice to obtain quotes for first time, large, or complicated moves. Use these quotes as a starting point with your current providers and possibly others.

LinkedIn Comment-HR

Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson

Did you know that individuals who are admitted as refugees or granted asylum in the United States are U.S. persons under the ITAR? Following its issuance in April 2023 of guidance on how to avoid immigration-related discrimination when complying with export controls, DOJ continues its effort to enforce these legal requirements. This new case should serve as a reminder to ensure your company’s HR practices and export compliance program are in line with applicable legal requirements.

Mitch Kostoulakos, LCB Ad Hoc Logistics LLC, Int’l Logistics Consultant/Licensed Customs Broker

Good reminder that compliance needs upper management oversight. A C-level compliance officer would mitigate the risks of separate HR and Export Compliance silos.

CBLE Registration Is Open


The next CBLE will be on October 25, 2023. The registration period will be earlier than for previous CBLE exam administrations. For the October 25, 2023 CBLE, registration opens on August 14, 2023 and closes on September 12, 2023. Please review the information under the “Exam Registration” drop-down for additional information and changes to the CBLE registration process.

ALSO: The exam configuration has changed for the October 25, 2023 CBLE. Although the exam still consists of 80 multiple-choice questions, each question will now only have four (4) possible answer choices instead of five (5) answer choices.

CBP has contracted with PDRI to administer the October 2023 exam. PDRI is utilizing PSI resources as part of administering the CBLE.


Don’t Self-Blind

Screening export shipments has become routine for most companies involved in international trade. Export software packages can perform this task or it can be manual; using the Consolidated Screening List https://www.trade.gov/consolidated-screening-list or individual lists. No one wants to do business with the bad guys. However, the routine nature of export screening makes it likely that upper level management is not involved in the process.

Here is where C-level leadership is important:


(3) Do not self-blind. Do not cut off the flow
of information that comes to your firm in the
normal course of business. For example, do not
instruct the sales force to tell potential customers
to refrain from discussing the actual end-use, end user, and ultimate country of destination for the
product your firm is seeking to sell. Do not put
on blinders that prevent the learning of relevant
information. An affirmative policy of steps to
avoid “bad” information would not insulate a
company from liability, and it would usually be
considered an aggravating factor in an
enforcement proceeding.

For help with exports or developing an ECP (Export Compliance Plan) contact mitch@adhoclogistics.com

Disaster Relief

Mitch Kostoulakos, LCB Ad Hoc Logistics LLC, Int’l Logistics Consultant/Licensed Customs Broker

Good advice from Kathy Fulton applying to all disasters and with hurricane season approaching…

Fulton also reiterated a request from many members of the non-profit relief community: Please don’t self-deploy to Maui or Big Island – and refrain from participating in product collection drives.
“Although the intention behind these efforts is good, they often create more challenges than they solve, including getting in the way of rescue efforts. So please don’t add to an already difficult situation,” she said. “If you truly wish to help, send funds. Cash donations allow non-profits to buy what they need, when and where they need it. And that will help survivors faster.”

Unmanaged Logistics

Many of my clients are hard-working owners or operators of small businesses. They don’t have in-house compliance or logistics expertise, so must wear several hats. Day to day activities or unexpected issues take up most working hours. As a result, functions such as logistics planning and import/export compliance are often unmanaged or left entirely to LSPs (Logistics Service Providers).

Making sure that your business is in compliance with import and export regulations is good risk management as well as good business. Think of it as insurance. A few basic steps can make a big difference and can be implemented quickly.

Ad Hoc Logistics can provide step by step guidelines, train your employees, and set up sustainable procedures. Our copyrighted programs include:

Exporting for Smart People- Because You’re No Dummy
Red Flag Screening
A to Z of Managing Logistics

Contact mitch@adhoclogistics.com for info.

LCB Continuing Education

Mitch Kostoulakos, LCB• Ad Hoc Logistics LLC, Int’l Logistics Consultant/Licensed Customs Broker

I have always favored Continuing Education (CE) requirements for brokers. Now that this final rule has become effective I would suggest that CBP take a good look at the CBLE (Customs Broker License Exam). The passing rate for the April 2023 exam was only 5.5%. The rates for previous exams were low as well, so not many new brokers will be entering the profession. Is this what CBP wants?

LCBs take a look at the April exam and see if you could pass it.


Brandon Lord Director at U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionExecutive Director at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Monday, July 24, CBP’s final rule for our new Broker Continuing Education (CE) requirement became effective. Answers to a few frequent questions I’ve been getting:

1. CE credits won’t need to be reported by individually licensed brokers to CBP until the 2024-2027 Triennial Status Report that is due in February 2027.

2. CBP will not require the full 36 hours of CE credits during the initial 2024-2027 triennial. Future triennial periods will require the full 36 hours of CE credits.

3. CBP’s next step will be to solicit for and select accreditors who will review and approve non-government training content for broker continuing education credits.

Check out our website below and the factsheet under CBP Publications for more information. I look forward to implementing the CE requirement!