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Why is My Shipment Stuck in Customs?

June 02, 2014.
Trade Publications

Your import supply chain has many moving parts, and in order for it to be as efficient as possible all those parts should move like clockwork. If your current supply chain is wrought with storage charges, delayed shipments, and a lack of direction or organization, you can take steps to...

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Changes to Export Regulations Involving Satellites

May 12, 2014.
Trade Publications

On May 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published regulations expected to significantly change export controls on civil and commercial satellites and their related articles.  These new regulatory changes will impact the civil and commercial satellite industry as the export of certain...

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Change In AES Exemptions for TIB & Carnet

May 08, 2014.
Trade Publications

As of April 5th, 2014, a final rule under the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations will be enforced requiring some items which were previously exempt under 15 CFR 30.37 to be tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau using the Automated Export System (AES). The final rule removes the exemptions for temporary shipments....

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To TIB or Not to TIB

April 12, 2014.
Trade Publications

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers several programs that allow importers to save on duties and taxes. One of these programs is the Temporary Importation Under Bond or TIB program. Like most CBP related programs for reducing duty payments, this process can be complex and costly if not...

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President Signs Ukraine Related Executive Order

April 01, 2014.
Trade Publications

The president of the United States has signed a new executive order that prohibits transferring or exporting US property to anyone who is furthering the current situation in the Ukraine.  http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/pages/20140317.aspx All property and interests in property that are in the...

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EU Proposes Measures for Conflict Mineral Importers

March 29, 2014.
Trade Publications

The European Union (EU) has proposed a set of measures to encourage the responsible trading of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold in an effort to reduce the financing of armed groups in conflict areas (such as the Democratic Republic of Congo). The proposed rule is similar to the United States...

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ADD Changes for Aluminum Extrusions

March 12, 2014.
Trade Publications

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) modified Anti-Dumping Duty order (ADD) A570-967 on February 24, 2014. The changes extend the scope of the order to include additional parts and types of products. This modification to the order may require importers to provide additional information upon import.  Anti-Dumping case A570-967...

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WTO Successfully Completes Agreement in Bali

December 22, 2013.
Trade Publications

After meeting from December 3-6, 2013, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed on a major deal for the first time. The historical deal, which was struck in Bali, Indonesia on December 7, is designed to increase trade among countries by reducing legal challenges and costs. It is known as the Bali...

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Establishing a Compliance Plan for 2014

December 11, 2013.
Trade Publications

As we quickly approach 2014, the timing is right to improve your company’s overall import compliance. 2014 can be the year to put in motion new ideas, or to finally address old ideas that have been placed on the back burner.  Below you will find a blueprint for establishing...

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The Importance of Internal Controls

September 21, 2013.
Trade Publications

Nobody looks forward to being audited, especially by the U.S. Government, and this certainly holds true in regards to a customs audit. One way a company can mitigate the chances of an unsuccessful audit is to fully understand the audit process. Understanding the government requirements and...

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Responsibilities in an Export Transaction

September 16, 2013.
Trade Publications

Regulation: 15 CFR 30: Foreign Trade Regulations http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CFR-2012-title15-vol1/CFR-2012-title15-vol1-part30/contentdetail.html When 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 ...

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A Global HTS Solution

September 13, 2013.
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...

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