Export Compliance Violations - Are You In Danger Too?

Posted by Mandy Hyde on Tue, Sep, 19 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Companies violate export compliance laws every day. Either an organization intentionally commits export violations and misleads the government, or simply lacks the proper export compliance program to alert them when in danger. 

Either way, these violations can ultimately lead to millions of dollars' worth of fines, loss of credibility, a tarnished reputation, imprisonment and loss of exportation privileges. Although a majority of companies would never intentionally commit export compliance violations - the latter happens all too often to unsuspecting organizations with an outdated, manual or weak export compliance solution.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance

Technology Provides an Inside Track to Product Testing Concerns

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Sep, 18 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Drawstrings that cause choking. Ingesting baby rattle contents. Fire-sparking cellphone batteries. Electric-shocking power adapters. Consumers beware! According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recalls that should put consumers on high alert occur daily. It seems product recalls are now the norm on a wide range of products from cellphones to ATVs, high heels, children’s clothing, and more. 

In one week, the CPSC reported several recalls on its website: incorrect venting Nutrilife® hydrogen peroxide bottles cause fires or burns; melting hoses in Academy Sports + Outdoors pet crawfish kits; cracking rings on BRIO baby rattles cause choking; and tires blowing out on Polaris’ recreational off-highway vehicles cause crashes.

Recalls are a nuisance for consumers but have serious repercussions for a brand or manufacturer. They can cause brand blemish, unexpected operational burdens, and costly remediation. I recently met with a senior executive from Samsung and we discussed the impact on the organization’s transportation side from the Galaxy Note7 recall. He urged me to think about the return shipping process for over 2.5 million units. The published estimated cost for the entire product recall: $17 billion.

The complexity of today’s global supply chains only means an increasing vulnerability to unexpected supply disruptions, with more suppliers and contract manufacturers added into the supply chain.
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Topics: Product Testing

Beating Stormy Weather: Supply Chain Resiliency

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Sep, 15 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Hurricane season is upon the Western Hemisphere, and 2017 looks to be a record-breaking year. Before Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida, where businesses, government agencies and residents were braced for the deluge, it leveled small islands in the Caribbean with high winds, leaving chaos in its wake. A few states over, the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey may be receding but the price tag is rising to a multi-billion-dollar record. Unfortunately, ongoing disasters are not just attributable to hurricanes. In the western U.S. and Canada, wild fires continue to encroach upon civilization, spelling destruction for homes and businesses in their path. Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century left dozens dead and buildings destroyed. 

The west isn’t alone in facing life-threatening weather conditions. Heavy monsoon rains paralyzed Mumbai, India's financial hub, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic. In the Pacific, Macau is suffering an economic loss of US$1.42 billion in the wake of Typhoon Hato, and the Hong Kong Observatory expects three more typhoons to sweep in over the coming weeks.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Supplier Management, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Production Management

NAFTA 2.0 – Round Two of Negotiations

Posted by Jonathan Dicks on Thu, Sep, 14 2017 @ 2:30 PM

The second round of the NAFTA Modernization negotiations concluded on September 5th in Mexico City. Although progress was declared by the three parties, they have chosen to postpone discussions of major sticking points. The second round of negotiations included tabling two dozen drafts for a modernized NAFTA agreement.

Chief U.S. negotiator and US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, concluded the second round on a conciliatory note. In his closing statement, Lighthizer indicated that the United States, Mexico, and Canada “found mutual agreement on many important issues.”

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Topics: Free Trade Agreements

Amber Road Expands Support for ACE PGA Single Window

Posted by Julia Gorman on Wed, Sep, 13 2017 @ 3:44 PM

With the broadest GTM solution footprint in the market, Amber Road is continuously expanding its global reach. Today the organization announced its expanded support for the new import filing requirements under the U.S. Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Single Window for Partner Government Agencies (PGAs).

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Topics: Press Releases

The India Goods & Services Tax

Posted by Nick Boland on Mon, Sep, 11 2017 @ 3:15 PM

A couple of months ago, we reported in our blog that India’s comprehensive dual Goods and Services Tax (GST) would become a reality on July 1, 2017. Hailed as India’s biggest tax reform, the new program is now in full effect and has replaced the complex multiple indirect tax structure.

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Topics: Landed Cost Calculation, Global Knowledge

Making Lemonade in the Age of Trade Restrictions

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Mon, Sep, 11 2017 @ 11:35 AM

Unpredictability around trade protectionism isn't just limited to the US, or even the western hemisphere. For global companies sourcing and shipping around the world, it can be important to know some of the quirkier import and export anomalies, saving time and avoiding headaches from denied shipments and surprise tariffs.

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Import Compliance, Export Compliance

Webinar: C-TPAT, Trusted Trader and Block-Chain

Posted by Julia Gorman on Fri, Sep, 8 2017 @ 2:37 PM

Every year, industry professionals gather to discuss updates and forecasted changes to the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, better known as the C-TPAT. As a segment of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s cargo enforcement strategy, it is important that players in the trade community maintain up-to-date knowledge of the C-TPAT program.

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Topics: Webinars, Global Trade Academy

Visibility and Collaboration: It’s Not Just for the Factory Anymore

Posted by Joe Gabro on Thu, Sep, 7 2017 @ 10:15 AM

In today’s fast moving supply and demand environment, agility and tight collaboration with the extended network of partners is paramount for retailers and manufacturers looking to stay ahead of the competition.  However, when it comes to being agile, companies need to leverage a single platform that connects all of the parties and activities while also providing end-to-end visibility.  Often touted as the “magic pill” for supply chain ailments, control tower visibility can provide the advantage of foretelling where issues will cause the chain to break when suppliers and service providers are globally distributed and disparate.

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Topics: Production Management, Production Tracking, Material Order Visibility, Order Collaboration

Why Multi-Tier Supplier Collaboration Is More Important Now

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Tue, Sep, 5 2017 @ 2:25 PM

Real-time visibility into your global suppliers is no longer a pipe dream. Market leaders in every industry segment have visibility not just into their important tier 1 suppliers, but also a limited cross-section of their tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers as well. Enterprise-class technology solutions that offer flexibility and visibility at every step are a required part of every agile company’s playbook to stay ahead of the game in 2017 and beyond.

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