A bill that will improve the business climate in California by reducing delays in processing necessary documents for California exporters has been signed into law. AB 1400 (Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy) was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The California Department of Public Health issues export certificate documents as evidence that the goods to be exported are normally sold on the open market and approved by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin. Businesses are not required to obtain the certificates under California law; however, some countries require the certificate in order to receive imported products.
Under current law, the document expires in 180 days, requiring the exporter to re-apply and the department to re-issue the document. This bill improves processing time by accepting required documentation electronically from businesses and extending the certificate’s validity to one year. These changes will dramatically improve California exporters’ certainty in business operations.
Reducing or even eliminating a backlog in the issuance of these documents will send a strong message to California businesses as well as the state’s global export partners that California is open for business and supports a growing economy.
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce