Upcoming Webinar - Country of Origin Rules and Practical Applications

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Mon, Apr, 18 2016 @ 4:05 PM

Determining the country of origin of a good is an important consideration in international trade. The country of origin can affect the duty rate, the eligibility for special programs, admissibility and quota. Also, the marking of products with country of origin information is not only a legal requirement, but also can be a significant factor in consumer purchasing decisions.

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Topics: Import Compliance, webinar, Global Trade Academy, Trade Compliance

[Upcoming Webinar] Direct-to-Consumer Selling: What Are the Implications?

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Fri, Apr, 15 2016 @ 9:00 AM

Lured by the promise of bigger sales, better access to consumers, and even their ultimate survival, wholesale brands are seeking new strategies to circumvent retailers and reach their customers directly. Over the past few months, some prominent apparel and footwear brands have announced plans to expand their own retail stores in the United States and other major global markets. 

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Management Software, Webinars, Global Trade Management, Global Supply Chain

Understanding C-TPAT and the New C-TPAT Portal

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Thu, Apr, 14 2016 @ 4:46 PM

Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary, joint government-business initiative to help add to supply chain visibility and increase border security. Although generally C-TPAT focuses on imports into the United States, it has more recently opened up to U.S. exporters since they are too exposed to considerable risk. In order to accommodate the requests and expanding parameters, a framework for the C-TPAT program and requirements has been deployed.

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Topics: Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance, C-TPAT

[Aberdeen Group Report] Leveraging Global Trade Management for Frictionless eCommerce

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Tue, Apr, 12 2016 @ 9:00 AM

As globalization continues to cause the world to "shrink" and eCommerce rapidly spreads into every retail category, the requirements to source and manage a global supply chain also increase. Whether as part of its strategic direction or in order to keep up with the competition, there are few companies that do not have some type of eCommerce presence.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Landed Cost Calculation, Global Trade Content, Transportation Management, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Restricted Party Screening, Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance

Webinar Q&A - ACE-ing Technology: What You Need to Know to Meet CBP’s 2016 Single Window Mandate

Posted by Ty Bordner on Mon, Apr, 11 2016 @ 9:00 AM

On March 23rd, Amber Road in conjunction with American Shipper broadcasted a webinar entitled, ACE- ing Technology: What you need to know to meet CBP’s 2016 single window mandate. Our presenters, Ty Bordner and Suzanne Richer from Amber Road, received several questions throughout the webinar, but unfortunately we 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: Global Trade Management Software, Webinars, Import Management, Global Trade Management

Three Imperatives for Managing Carrier Rate Selection

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Thu, Apr, 7 2016 @ 9:00 AM

The annual freight rate contract negotiation process is underway, and it is imperative that shippers fully evaluate their carrier options, utilizing knowledge of historical changes and past performance in their trade lanes. The complexity of freight rate contracts places a strong burden on shippers and NVOCCs to comprehensively understand the proposed rates and surcharges, including any exclusions or exceptions.

Reconciling all of these factors in the carrier rate selection process is a difficult objective for both the partners receiving RFPs to quote, and those reviewing responses. In addition, understanding the carrier's historical on-time performance for a lane is a key factor in deciding whether to award the carrier volume for that lane.

So, how do you ensure your global shipments are contracted with a cost-effective and reliable provider? How do you quickly and accurately quote lanes in an RFP or analyze the response to an RFP? When seeking answers to these questions, shippers and NVOCC's should consider the following as imperatives for managing carrier freight rates.

1. Standardize and centrally manage carrier contracts

Carrier contract formats and verbiage regarding the conditions for applying tariff surcharges vary greatly. Converting various textual contract formats into a standard structure, where services can be easily compared across carriers, enables a solid foundation for centralized management and cost comparison. What this means for your company is a simplified and more efficient process for accessing accurate, fully calculable surcharges and rates to identify the best options.

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Topics: Rate Management, Carrier Selection, Transportation Management, Carrier Booking

China Trade Policy Update - Are You Aware Of These Recent Changes?

Posted by Kae-Por Chang on Wed, Apr, 6 2016 @ 2:53 PM

The China General Administration of Customs released GAC 2016 Circular 20 on March 24, 2016 to change Customs declaration filing requirements with an effective date of March 30, 2016.

So how does this affect your organization and what should you do to ensure trade compliance? 

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management

Register Now - Classification of Apparel in Chapters 61 and 62

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Mon, Apr, 4 2016 @ 3:16 PM

The classification of apparel requires a solid understanding of the General Rules of Interpretation and strong knowledge of section and chapter notes. If you are an importer of textile and apparel, this webinar is for you!

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Topics: Apparel, Import Compliance, Product, webinar, Trade Compliance

Focus on Africa:  The Dark Continent Brings New Light for Sourcing

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Mar, 25 2016 @ 11:37 AM

Africa is considered uncharted territory for many companies seeking to diversify their supplier base. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) legislation significantly enhances market access to the U.S. for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. To take advantage of these new sourcing opportunities, you’ll need to come prepared.

Join me and a group of industry leaders as we discuss sourcing opportunities, challenges, and logistics in Africa at the AAFA Sourcing Conference on April 13-15 in New Orleans.  I’ll be joined by Maristella Iacobello, Vice President Customs Compliance and Government Relations at PVH Corp, and Brian Moore, Director of Apparel Sales at Maersk.

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Topics: Retail, Apparel, Sourcing Optimization, Import Compliance

Supply Chain Matters: Takeaways from the 2016 RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference

Posted by Ryan Gudovitz on Thu, Mar, 24 2016 @ 4:51 PM

Last month, Amber Road set up shop in the bustling exhibit hall and attended some great retail presentations at the RILA Retail Supply Chain Conference in Dallas, TX. At this year’s conference, retail supply chain professionals from all over the country came together to exchange ideas and discuss what the future holds for this industry.

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Topics: Retail, Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Events, Global Supply Chain