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Four Logistics Events Shippers Should Prepare to Encounter in 2016

Posted by Micah Holst on Nov 18, 2015 10:24:35 AM

2016 is just around the corner and some major changes will take place within the international logistics industry over the next few months. The Chinese New Year, ACE implementation, the Panama Canal Expansion completion and the pending Global Container Weight Rule will impact shippers, carriers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other members of the international trade community. Below is an outline of what to expect and how to work with your freight forwarder or customs broker to prepare for these major events. 

1. Beginning on February 8, the Chinese New Year will impact supply chains across Asia for up to a month. Read our blog post about the Chinese New Year here, detailing the major holiday and the possible delays shippers could encounter. The key advice is to place orders in advance to ensure shipments depart from Asia prior to the start of the holiday.

2. On March 31, ACE must be used for customs entries and ACS will no longer be available for the filing of electronic entries and associated entry summaries. ACE will allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and 47 other government agencies (OGAs) to operate on one single platform to streamline communication and the clearance process. Read our blog post about the ACE rollout here. The trade community should begin testing ACE now to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible. 

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Topics: Logistics, Chinese New Year, Panama Canal, Container Weight, ACE, SOLAS, VGM

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

3 Tips for U.S. - Mexico Trade

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Apr 2, 2015 1:44:00 PM

Over the last 21 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created abundant trans-national trade opportunities for American, Canadian and Mexican businesses. With a population of over 122.3 million people and a GDP of approximately $1.261 trillion, the Mexican market is becoming increasingly more attractive to companies across the world. So how can U.S. businesses prepare for international trade success?

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, NAFTA, Importing, Exporting

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

Truck vs. Train Transportation

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 24, 2015 1:20:00 PM

Each year, more than 25 million containers and trailers move via intermodal transportation in North America. Intermodal transportation involves the transportation of cargo using multiple modes of transportation, such as rail, truck and ship. During 2014, 60% of NAFTA freight was moved across the border via truck. Similarly, 15% of NAFTA freight traveled via train. Why do shippers elect to move goods via truck or train? The answer reflects the individual company's unique transportation needs and budget. 

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Topics: Logistics, Freight, Supply Chain, NAFTA, Domestic Transportation

Export Documentation: Compliance 101

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 20, 2015 4:11:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Logistics, Freight, Supply Chain, Compliance, Exporting, Technology, 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

Customs Bonds: 5 Items Importers Need to Know

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 17, 2015 10:06:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Logistics, Supply Chain, Importing, Compliance, Customs Bonds

Duty Drawback - Capitalize on Refunds

Posted by Chelsea Mitchell on Mar 16, 2015 2:48:00 PM

Duty drawback is the refund, reduction or waiver of customs duties assessed or collected upon importation of an article or materials which are subsequently exported or destroyed. Duty drawback is an opportunity for companies to recover expenses from taxes and other fees collected during the import process. Drawback allows companies to recover up to 99% of duties paid on qualifying U.S. imports. These duties include normal customs duty, internal revenue taxes and marking duties. So how do you know if your product qualifies for duty drawback?  

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Topics: Logistics, Freight, Exporting, Duty Drawback

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