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10 Steps for Successful Air Cargo Transportation

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Jun 10, 2015 9:22:00 AM

One third of all international trade value is transported by air, accounting for $6.8 trillion of goods annually. Speed remains as aviation's competitive advantage, creating expedited solutions for shippers around the globe. So what ten steps do importers need to plan for when choosing air cargo transportation?

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Air Freight, Licensed Customs Broker

What You Need to Know About ISPM 15 Regulations

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 31, 2015 1:44:00 PM

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?

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Licensed Customs Broker, Compliance, Freight Forwarder, ISPM 15

Tips to Save on Import Storage Charges

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 27, 2015 4:23:00 PM

Storage, demurrage, per diem and detention charges are fees assessed by carriers for extended use of equipment or space. These charges can add up quickly, causing financial strains for importers if proactive steps are ignored. Proper planning and execution by a Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) or freight forwarder can reduce the chances of incurring unnecessary import storage charges.

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Licensed Customs Broker, Importing, Freight Forwarder

Importer Checklist: Save Time and Money

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 18, 2015 10:27:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Licensed Customs Broker, Importing, Compliance

Freight Forwarder: The Essential Link

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 13, 2015 2:36:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Freight, Supply Chain, Licensed Customs Broker, Compliance, Freight Forwarder

What You Need to Know About Lacey Act Declarations

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Feb 27, 2015 3:43:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Freight, Licensed Customs Broker, Importing, Lacey Act Declaration, Compliance

The Importance of a Licensed Customs Broker

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Feb 23, 2015 3:39:00 PM

United States federal trade regulations are constantly evolving, creating the need for a customs broker for most shipments. Shippers must comply with various government agencies such as: U.S. Customs Border and Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Federal and Drug Administration, as well as other government agencies. These government entities have their own procedures and rulings, creating a complex environment for importers to clear their own customs entries. Importers can self clear goods valued under $2,500 if they are in the port of clearance or have an authorized agent to act on their behalf. However, many shippers elect the assistance of a customs broker, regardless of the value, due to the complexities of various government regulations.

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Topics: Logistics, Freight, Licensed Customs Broker

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