The E-Commerce Task Force organized by the Miami Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) met yesterday at Miami International Airport to provide a status update about factors affecting Pharmaceutical 3PL Companies engaged in e-commerce throughout Florida.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director for MIA, Chris Maston, outlined procedural changes his office made at Miami International Airport that resulted in decreased time for shipment clearance and increased seizure of illegal products. With a large volume of raw materials and finished goods into MIA originating overseas, the CBP balances law enforcement requirements with a desire to facilitate commercial activity. According to Maston, at CBP, “We want to see e-commerce thrive.”
An expert in e-commerce policy, trade partnership programs, enforcement, facilitation mechanisms and regulatory reform, Lenny Feldman, partner in Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., outlined the regulatory landscape affecting products entering the United States for e-commerce transactions. Regulations set out in the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015 require systems automation of key components of the customs process by August 2019.
Florida’s benefits as a center for transportation, logistics and industry were discussed by Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, International Trade and Investment Office of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The actual business environment in Florida is changing the traditional stereotype – Florida is the third most populous state in the country ahead of New York. If considered a separate country, Florida’s economy ranks 17th in the world. The Chamber advocates on behalf of Florida businesses with elected officials and regulatory authorities.
The meeting revealed that whether the product involves pharmaceutical drug products which is the specialty area of WDSrx or other commercial items, consumers and patients expect order accuracy and efficient delivery. The E-Commerce Task Force works to evaluate, advocate and improve conditions for e-commerce activity to flourish.