International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) are used to protect plant resources from the spread of invasive pests migrating in global trade. All wood packaging materials used in shipments should meet ISPM 15 standards to avoid delays or unexpected costs. So what is ISPM and how can shippers ensure compliance?
Under U.S. law, a trademark is defined as any word, name, symbol, device, color or combination thereof used to identify and distinguish goods from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the origin and source of goods. When importing trademarked goods, what compliance steps should companies take to secure financial well being? How can importers ensure compliance with federal government trademark laws and regulations?
Proper export documentation is imperative to the success of an export program. Shipping documents provide customs officers with the necessary information to proceed with customs clearance at destination. On the contrary, the lack or inaccuracy of required documentation can lead to cargo delays and unexpected expenses.
Importing into the United States is a complex and detailed process. However, licensed customs brokers (LCBs) can help importers clear and receive their goods in a timely and compliant manner. There are numerous U.S. Customs requirements importers should be aware of to avoid supply chain disruptions. If importers fail to plan, these disruptions could result in delayed or confiscated cargo, as well as monetary fines.
Is your company importing goods into the United States? Compliance with government laws and regulations is one of the largest financial risks to U.S. importers. Customs bond compliance can be simple, but there is important information every importer should be familiar with.
Freight forwarders are an essential link within the international supply chain, transporting goods worth $5.3 trillion every year. Forwarders are agents who arrange for cargo to travel from origin to destination. They contract space with carriers to move cargo via ocean, air, rail or truck transportation.
Less-Than-Container-Load (LCL) shipping is a great solution for importers and exporters who buy or sell small quantities of product. LCL shipping enables shippers to combine their small quantity of freight with other shippers to reduce transportation costs. Additionally, LCL shipping can be used within Just-In-Time (JIT) supply chains to increase efficiency and decrease inventory waste. Electing to move cargo via LCL options can result in cost savings due to the fact that shippers only pay for the space they need. Furthermore, shippers who do not have enough product ready to fill a full container, can ship via LCL to meet a customer arrival deadline.
In 2014 alone, forest product imports reached nearly 16 million USD. The Lacey Act Declaration is a required form for forest products, imported wildlife, fish and plants. If Lacey Declarations are not filed correctly, legally binding fines can result.