Responsibilities in an Export Transaction

Posted on September 16, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

Regulation: 15 CFR 30: Foreign Trade Regulationshttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CFR-2012-title15-vol1/CFR-2012-title15-vol1-part30/contentdetail.htmlWhen an export is being arranged from the United States it is important that all applicable export regulations are followed. Certain exports require that an Automated Exports System entry (AES) be filed. This publication will define important terms for the export process, and will list the responsibilities of the parties involved in a US export.Key Terms EEI: The information that is filed via AES is known as the Electronic Export Information or (EEI). EEI is... Read More

A Global HTS Solution

Posted on September 13, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

The World Customs Organization is represented by 179 customs administrations across the world and these locations represent 98% of the world’s trade.   When goods are shipped internationally they must be classified for customs purposes using a Harmonized Tariff Schedule Number (HTS).  Each separate product is assigned a particular classification code. Amongst other things, the HTS number is used to help determine applicable duty rates. One of Allyn International’s core competencies is HTS classification, and this service is offered on a local or global level.  Regardless of country of import, Allyn can provide correct HTS... Read More

Port Challenges in West Africa

Posted on September 10, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

At first glance, the many ocean ports dotting the Western and Central African coastline may suggest a robust economy and well developed transportation network. As many shippers to this region know, quantity does not mean quality in this case. Selecting the best gateway to import your goods into Africa could mean the difference between an on-time delivery and upwards of a 6 month delay.The ports in Africa are mainly owned by each country and as such, are dependent on current socio-economic conditions. Many countries have privatized port operations; however, regional or state instability still negatively impacts port... Read More

The Importance of Logistics Data

Posted on September 02, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Logistics data is a very important source of information used for evaluating all major Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It may also play significant role in assessing the commercial aspects of the logistics. A significant competitive advantage can be gained by maintaining a consistent data set as it will show, over time, targeted areas for cost reduction as well as identify savings opportunities.Logistics data should be used for analyzing logistics costs, mode benchmarking, landed cost analyses and simple breakdown of mode, carrier, etc. by region.  The examination of this data first requires a look at historical data.  The... Read More

New Taxes in Hungary & France Impact Transportation Costs

Posted on July 02, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

On 01 July 2013, Hungary implemented a road tax, a mandatory toll payment for all vehicles with a maximum total permissible weight over 3.5 tons. The payment is determined by the type of road (highway, motorway, etc.), category of motor vehicle (determined by number of axles) and the vehicle’s environmental classification or emission. This new electronic toll collection system is named “HU-GO” and refers to the 6,513 km Hungarian road network covering all routes suitable for freight transport – thus, the toll is unavoidable.  A simple estimate of the road tax can be used as follows:Highway:    ... Read More

Hours of Service: Comply or Else….

Posted on July 02, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

July 1st 2013 is the date when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules.    The final rule requires that if more than 8 consecutive hours on-duty have passed since the last off-duty or sleeper-berth period (of at least 30 minutes),  a driver must take another off-duty or sleeper berth break (of at least 30 minutes) before driving again.  It is important to note there are few exceptions to address certain hazardous materials, and emergency situations.  And also important is for shippers and consignees to know that time spent waiting to be loaded or unloaded is counted... Read More

What Are Logistics KPIs Good For?

Posted on June 18, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Are there tangible benefits of having Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for logistics?Definitely! The primary purpose of a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is to provide a metric of how well a process is working.  Using KPIs, you should be able to get a picture of your current situation; i.e., you should get a snapshot of the company’s current performance and be able to analyze performance evolution by finding trends. The most crucial way to really benefit from your metrics is to define your KPI needs and manage the set-up of your own KPI structure.  ... Read More

Liquidated Damages for ISF Non-Compliance

Posted on June 18, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

Introduction: While ISF regulations have been in place since January of 2009, and the enforcement period began in January of 2010, Customs and Border Protection has been pretty lenient when it comes to issuances of liquidated damages. CBP has been using a “measured and commonsense approach”1 and importers that have been filing have been able to avoid liquidated damages for the most part. On July 9, 2013 CBP will begin full enforcement of ISF. Liquidated damages will be issued against ISF importers and carriers for non-compliance.Parties involved: In order to have a robust and compliant ISF... Read More

How to act and prevent the situation when full set original Bill of Lading have been lost for an ocean shipment

Posted on June 06, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

“Oh my gosh, the originals ocean Bill of Lading are lost for a critical shipment for our final customer. The container is blocked at the port and the storage fees are accumulating every day as well as the dissatisfaction of our customer! Help us!”Such an unpleasant situation can happen to you when working as 4PL or 3PL logistics provider and below, we examine actions to reduce client costs and enable rightful owner to take over cargo as soon as possible. A Bill of Lading is crucial document used in ocean transportation, defined as follows: “A... Read More

Ask Your Logistics Experts… What documents do I need to export cargo from the United States?

Posted on June 04, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Q: What documents do I need to export cargo from the United States?A: All exports from the United States require the support of some kind of documentation. The three factors in determining what documentation is needed are: the type of goods being exported, the destination, and the mode of transportation by which the goods are shipped. Certain documents are required for all exports, regardless of what is being shipped and where it is going. In addition, there are some documents specifically required, depending on the cargo or its destination.  Export documentation required for all shipments, regardless of cargo... Read More

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