[Webinar Q&A] Union Customs Code - What You Now Need to Know

Posted by Mollie Leon on Tue, May, 3 2016 @ 9:13 AM

In March, Amber Road broadcasted the Union Customs Code - What You Now Need To Know webinar, which focused on an overview of the Union Customs Code from the European view. Our presenter, Arne Mielken, received several questions throughout the webinar, but did not have time to address them all during the live broadcast. We have compiled their answers into a Q&A document - here is a preview:

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Import Compliance, Export Compliance

A New Customs World in Europe - Union Customs Code in Force!

Posted by Arne Mielken on Mon, May, 2 2016 @ 2:00 PM

As importers and exporters shuffle into work today, they’ll soon realize that their professional landscape has dramatically changed forever. As of May 1, 2016, the Union Customs Code (UCC), a significant step towards the modernization of EU customs, serves as the new framework regulation for the rules and procedures of customs throughout the EU. The UCC should be seen as a natural evolution towards a modern customs environment, as it allows the EU to streamline customs legislation and procedures further and begin the final shift of 28 customs authorities to a paperless and fully electronic environment. In addition, the concept of compliant and trustworthy economic operators (AEO) is strengthened with the UCC.

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Global Trade Management, Trade Regulatory Content

Amber Road Hosts its First Supply Chain Collaboration Customer Summit for Retail Companies

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, May, 2 2016 @ 10:36 AM

March 2nd, 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of Amber Road’s acquisition of ecVision. In the last year, we have made significant strides integrating our new Supply Chain Collaboration (SCC) solutions, into Amber Road’s Global Trade Management (GTM) suite and are excited about all of advancements to come.  

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Events, Footwear

Supply Chain Digest Article: ACE-ing PGA Data for Success

Posted by Nathan Pieri on Tue, Apr, 26 2016 @ 9:00 AM

Customs organizations around the world are modernizing systems to eliminate manual processes, improving visibility to trade flows, and helping companies comply with applicable laws and regulations.  The WCO (World Customs Organization) labels this type of system as a “Single Window” where Customs effectively centralizes the collection of data and distributes it to all required agencies to realize a coordinated and more efficient border control.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Import Management, GTM Best Practices

Heightened Supply Chain Security in the Shadow of Risk

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Apr, 25 2016 @ 4:02 PM

Global supply chains are growing in complexity, yet remain vulnerable to myriad dangers damaging to both people and businesses. Supply chain disruptions, delays and loss of goods are costly global problems. The supply chain must be protected against those disruptions by establishing processes like counter-terrorism evaluations, identifying the most critical elements of the supply chain system, and bolstering resilience so the supply chain can recover quickly from any disruptions. 

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Topics: Supplier Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Risk Management, Risk and Quality Management

New Executive Order Targets Restricted Parties in Libya

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Fri, Apr, 22 2016 @ 1:48 PM

On April 19, 2016, the President of the United States of America issued an Executive Order, “Blocking Property and Suspending Entry into the United States of Persons Contributing to the Situation in Libya.”

The president issued the below statement on Tuesday, April 19th in light of the new executive order.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening, Trade Compliance

The ACE Single Window:  A Catalyst for Change

Posted by Ty Bordner on Fri, Apr, 22 2016 @ 10:54 AM

Customs organizations around the world are finally modernizing their systems. Importers will be able to eliminate manual processes, improve visibility to trade flows, and more easily comply with applicable laws and regulations. The WCO (World Customs Organization) labels this type of system as a “Single Window” where Customs effectively centralizes the collection of data and distributes it to all required agencies to realize a coordinated and more efficient border control.

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Topics: Import Management, Import Compliance, Product Classification, Entry Management

Driving Apparel and Footwear Innovation: Top 5 Takeaways from the AAFA Sourcing Conference

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Apr, 21 2016 @ 6:11 PM

This year’s Sourcing, Customs and Logistics Conference, hosted in New Orleans by the American Apparel and Footwear Association, was all about innovation – so go ahead and add “innovate” to your to-do list. But what does that mean, exactly? How do you ensure that a multi-national organization outwits, out-produces, and outsells nimble newcomers to the apparel and footwear marketplace?

Luckily, a fantastic lineup of retailers, wholesalers, shippers, service providers and brands shared their strategies for driving innovation, especially in the areas of product development, sourcing, logistics and trade compliance. Here are our top 5 takeaways:

1. Be a master of supply chain, not retail

Take UNIQLO for example. They have mastered the supply chain, with limited, well-researched SKUs, quick time-to-market, and almost no duties – and have seen double-digit growth. Rick Helfenbein, CEO of AAFA, stressed that the “how” outweighs the “what.” 62% of all logistics cost is transportation, a number that only grows with increasing East Coast demand for Asian goods. Also remember that productivity rates matter more than outright cost – while Bangalore suppliers may be cheaper per item than China’s, for example, they may not match in efficiency and output.

2. Be a sourcing pioneer

Asia isn’t the only place to source goods. Africa is one of the world’s biggest untapped resources. By 2035, the working-age population in the region is expected to be as large as China’s is today – more than 900 million people.  While it’s caught the attention of the apparel industry, the continent presents numerous challenges. For example, the area has vast water resources, but lacks the infrastructure to store it. Security in the region also poses a huge threat, as ISIS, Boko Haram, and Somalian pirates add significant risk to many ports.

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Topics: Sourcing Optimization, Supplier Management, Import Compliance, Supply Chain Risk Management, Product, Product Development

Key Trends in Global Trade Management

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Apr, 21 2016 @ 1:12 PM

Over the last few decades, globalization has simply become the way we do business. In fact, we are now entering what Supply Chain Digest calls the "Globalization 3.0" era, putting new demands on both sourcing and export processes, with excellence in global trade management now a key determinant of overall company success. Is your organization positioned to compete in this new era?

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management

Trade Compliance: The Missing Link in the Oil & Gas Supply Chain

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Wed, Apr, 20 2016 @ 1:28 PM

As the price of oil drops, companies need to reconsider their cost-saving strategies and how to manage global supply chains for bottom line impact. Typically, companies focus their efforts only on how they can drive costs down within their supply chain, without considering how their import/export compliance team can improve value.

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Topics: Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Events, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance