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U.S. CUSTOMS ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION OF 'HELP DESK' TO AID IN IMPROVING TRADE WITH ANDEAN AND CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES

 U.S. CUSTOMS ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION OF 'HELP DESK'
 TO AID IN IMPROVING TRADE WITH ANDEAN AND CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Custom Service today announced the relocation, from Washington to Miami, of its "Andean/Caribbean Help Desk," a special information service that assists in and promotes the importation of goods to the United States from a number of Andean and Caribbean countries.
 The Andean/Caribbean Help Desk is now located at Customs' Southeast Regional Headquarters in Miami. The Help Desk has been relocated to Miami where it can better assist the international trade communities of the United States, and the Andean and Caribbean regions. The Help Desk provides free assistance that allows importers and exporters to verify that their products comply with U.S. import regulations. This verification may be done prior to the actual shipment of the goods.
 The main objective of this service is to provide the international trade community with technical assistance, and to promote trade with the designated countries of both the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Caribbean Basin Initiative.
 The Help Desk not only provides exporters with the security of knowing that their products are in U.S. regulatory compliance but also makes it easier and faster for the products to be released by U.S. Customs to their U.S. purchasers.
 The Customs Service encourages any and all inquiries made to the Andean/Caribbean Help Desk. The Help Desk is specifically designed to answer questions of firms exporting from the countries covered under the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Caribbean Basin Initiative, as well as questions of firms importing from those countries to the United States (these countries are listed below).
 In June 1990, in support of President Bush's Andean Initiative, the U.S. Customs Service established a special information service in Washington for Andean exporters. In February 1992, Customs reorganized and expanded the program to include the Caribbean Basin Initiative countries.
 Countries designated under the Andean Trade Preference Act are Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
 Those designated under the Caribbean Basin Initiative are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the British Virgin Islands.
 The Help Desk can quickly respond to inquiries from Andean and Caribbean importers and exporters or U.S. importers working with these countries, regarding issues ranging from classification problems to import regulations. Inquiries can be made in Spanish or English, by telephone, facsimile or letter to:
 ADDRESS: The Andean/Caribbean Help Desk
 U.S. Customs Service
 Office of Commercial Operations
 909 S.E. 1st Ave.
 7th Floor
 Miami, Fla. 33131
 PHONE: 305-530-7025
 305-530-7026
 FAX: 305-536-6769
 -0- 8/6/92
 /NOTE: Customs would be happy to assist media with any further information concerning the Andean/Caribbean Help Desk. For further information and/or interviews, call the contact below./
 /CONTACT: Madeleine Rolland or Carol Conradt of the U.S. Customs Service, 305-530-7025 or 305-530-7026/ CO: U.S. Customs Service ST: Florida, District of Columbia IN: SU:


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