Liquidated Damages for ISF Non-Compliance

June 18, 2013.
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...

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

June 06, 2013.
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...

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

June 04, 2013.
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...

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Ozone Depleting Chemicals: What an Electronics Importer Should Know

May 15, 2013.
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,...

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California BOE to Visit Retailers

March 29, 2013.
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...

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Common Classification Mistakes

March 24, 2013.
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...

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Basics in Managing your LTL Freight Spending

March 19, 2013.
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: •...

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

March 13, 2013.
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...

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Logistics Tech Trends

March 12, 2013.
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...

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A Perspective on Globalization: European Crisis to Latin American Investments

March 09, 2013.
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...

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Conflict Minerals Reporting Regulations

January 19, 2013.
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...

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Successfully Importing Into Russia

January 11, 2013.
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...

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