New program makes it easier to ship cars from Fort Lauderdale

A Florida port says it’s the first in the country to implement a process that allows customers shipping vehicles to submit documents electronically instead of having to go in person.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Port Everglades says the new electronic validation program is for customers looking to ship used vehicles from South Florida to destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and beyond.

Port officials said Friday the new program also reduces shipment time by roughly a day and allows customers to submit digital copies online any time of the day or night for faster processing and approval.

More than 42,000 TEUs of vehicle cargo were exported at Port Everglades in 2017. TEUs are 20-foot equivalent units used to measure container volumes.

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Macy’s to launch clothing line geared toward Muslim women

Macy’s is launching a women’s clothing line aimed at Muslim shoppers.

Representatives from the department store chain said the company teamed up with a boutique called Verona Collection and plans to sell the collection of modest dresses, tops, cardigans and hijabs online.

The clothing will launch on Macy’s website on Feb. 15.

The brand was developed by Lisa Vogl, a graduate of Macy’s minority- and women-owned business development program, which aims to offer more fashion diversity.

While Macy’s is the first major U.S. department store to sell hijabs, it joins other brands offering products aimed at Muslims. Nike, for example, launched a high-performance hijab last year made for athletics. And Mattel announced plans for a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in the Olympics while wearing a hijab.

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