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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Ozone Depleting Chemicals: What an Electronics Importer Should Know

Posted on May 15, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

Some importers of electronics may be unaware of all of their tax liabilities.  While the importer may be fully aware of what duties and taxes are normally due upon importation of goods, many don’t know of the additional excise taxes that are placed on imported electronic goods, especially those utilizing Ozone Depleting Chemicals (ODCs) during the manufacturing process. ODCs have traditionally been used in the manufacturing process for printed circuit boards. In an effort to decrease the amounts of ODC usage, “[t]he Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to...

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California BOE to Visit Retailers

Posted on March 29, 2013. Category: Tax Publications

If you are a retailer in California, you may be getting a visit from the California Board of Equalization SCOP (Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program) teams.  In a recent news release, the BOE stated that some 9,688 business owners in select zip codes will be affected.The purpose of the visit is to educate retailers about correctly reporting sales and use tax, increase tax law compliance, and continue outreach efforts to assure a fair and equal tax system for all Californians. Business-related questions will be asked of taxpayers in an effort to ensure compliance with permits, registration, and licenses.ZIP...

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Common Classification Mistakes

Posted on March 24, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

It is essential that importers exercise and demonstrate reasonable care when assigning HTS classification to parts that are being imported.  Misclassifying parts can lead to increased duties and penalties. Listed below are some common mistakes all importers should avoid when it comes to classifying parts for importation. Relying on Brokers:  Allowing Customs brokers to assign classifications at their own discretion will lead to misclassified parts.  Since an import compliance program is only as strong as its weakest link, a broker assigning parts, without the requisite knowledge, systems, processes, oversight and measurements in place will prove problematic...

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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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Conflict Minerals Reporting Regulations

Posted on January 19, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

Is your company involved in a field that includes the manufacturing of electronics, piping, aerospace, machining tools, or any alloys used in those industries? If so, then you need to be aware of Rule 1502 recently instituted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the use of conflict minerals that are most commonly used in those industries.The SEC is proposing a rule (effective date November 13, 2012) to institute changes to the annual reporting requirements for companies who file reports pursuant to Sections 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The proposed changes would require reporting standards regarding the...

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Successfully Importing Into Russia

Posted on January 11, 2013. Category: Trade Publications

While it is important to gain access to emerging markets, companies must ensure compliant processes are followed diligently. This problem presents itself in Russia, as many people would like to do business there, but won’t risk it, as they aren’t confident it can be done compliantly and without corruption. Allyn International (Allyn) has been managing imports into Russia for clients for several years, and Allyn’s processes always begin and end with compliance. This document outlines the Russian import environment and how Allyn can help your company be successful in Russia. Business Environment ...

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