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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...

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Basics in Managing your LTL Freight Spending

Posted on March 19, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

As less than truck load (LTL) volumes stabilize, LTL carriers continue to look at areas to increase margins.  One of these areas is ensuring shippers pay for the services they receive.   Below are four essential elements you can use to improve control over your LTL transport spending:•    A bill of lading.  A complete and correct bill of lading to be more precise.  To ensure your carrier can give you the agreed discount at the best possible rate, make sure that not only are the origin and destination listed on the bill of...

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Import / export documentation – AISF supports you to deal with it!

Posted on March 13, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

In doing international business, import & export documentation plays a very important role.Above all in case of imports, the efficiency of the Customs Clearance procedure and/or the bank remittance for letter of credit depends on the documents requested (they may vary from a country to another), the correctness of the information put in the documents, the availability of the right documents.Any delay in filing or non availability of the documents can slow down the Customs Clearance process and generate extra costs but also can make loose business. Same thing for the documents needed for the bank remittance...

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Logistics Tech Trends

Posted on March 12, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

“I'm excited about the opportunities with mobile phones and being able to receive information on the go and relevant to what I'm doing at that moment in time.” Quoted by: Susan Wojcicki, Senior Vice President of product management and engineering at Google.Some of the technologies that will have the biggest impact on logistics and supply chain management in the coming year are: mobile computing, analytics software, and social media. These factors are increasingly becoming primary impact variables in the logistics and supply chain arena. Mobile computing devices, such as smart phones or tablets, could have...

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A Perspective on Globalization: European Crisis to Latin American Investments

Posted on March 09, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Since 2009, the Eurozone has been facing a fast paced and dramatic economic breakdown. As a result of the long economic struggles, several European countries have been badly influenced. Greece has a huge national debt and Spain’s market crashed due to long term loans and bankruptcy of some important companies (both have led to the highest unemployment rates in the last 20 years). Even countries like Portugal and Italy are now deemed as economically unstable. However, among all the well-known theories and reasons tackling the causes and consequences of the Eurozone crisis, it would be interesting to analyze how the...

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Paperless Customs Clearance had been launched in August in China

Posted on September 12, 2012. Category: Logistics Publications

The paperless Customs clearance had been launched by the twelve customhouses of China at the beginning of this August. All paper documents now have to be turned into electronic ones. There is no any paper document during the whole declaration process now. It has highly improved the Customs clearance efficiency and reduced the expenses.   According to the previous standard official process, In order to apply to the Customs on site, all the Business Enterprises have to print out the Customs declaration form, contract, invoice, packing list, bill of lading and supervision documents and so on. In this way, there...

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Ask Your Logistics Experts… Is It Possible to Expedite Customs Clearance of Cargo Arriving by Ocean

Posted on June 15, 2012. Category: Logistics Publications

Q: Is It Possible to Expedite Customs Clearance of Cargo Arriving by Ocean to the U.S.?A: Many first-time ocean-transport customers wonder if they will need to wait days for their cargo to clear customs before being allowed to collect it. Luckily, the answer is ‘no’! In fact, you don’t even need to wait for your cargo to arrive in the U.S. Port of Entry before submitting your documents for clearance.  It is possible to have your cargo “pre-cleared” so when the ship discharges your container(s) from the vessel,...

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Ask Your Logistics Experts… What Is a Letter of Credit?

Posted on June 15, 2012. Category: Logistics Publications

Q: What Is a Letter of Credit? A: A letter of credit is an agreement between two parties—a buyer and a seller— that is issued by a bank acting as an uninterested party. The seller will only get paid after performing specific actions that the buyer and the seller agree to.Example: A seller must deliver goods to a specific airport to satisfy the requirements of the letter. Once the goods are delivered, the seller must provide documents proving delivery was made. The credit can now be paid by the buyer.A letter...

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Ask Your Logistics Experts… How Should I Ship My Material?

Posted on June 13, 2012. Category: Logistics Publications

Q: How Should I Ship My Material?A: There are many factors that come into play when choosing the right mode of transport for your freight:     Where is the freight picking up from and delivering to?       How much does the shipment weigh?       What are the freight’s dimensions?       Is the freight hazardous?       When will the shipment be ready and when is it needed by the receiver? By Land: If the cargo weighs more than 15,000 pounds and is shipping within...

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The ‘Informal’!

Posted on June 13, 2012. Category: Logistics Publications

The more relaxed local business event not to forget: The’ Informal’.It’s clear that the companies of a same local economic area know them a little or sometimes absolutely not. However, they work next to each other. So since May 2010, the Economics Development Agency of Belfort and its territory has implemented the ‘Informal’.This is like an informal meeting between managers and sales representative of these companies. The ‘Informal’ occurs every quarter in a company of the Belfort area which wants to participate to that event. There is no special theme;...

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