BREXIT, THE BUMPY ROAD AHEAD: EU Tariff Rate Quotas

Posted by Arne Mielken on Thu, Aug, 31 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Negotiations will resume this week in Brussels over Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU). Since the last round of talks in July, the United Kingdom (UK) has published a series of position papers on various Brexit issues, including the future customs cooperation with the EU (Open for Business: Customs at the Forefront of the UK’s New Special Partnership with the EU). There is also talk of a transition for the immediate period after Brexit. Real chances of discussing these issues are not dependent on Great Britain alone, but on what transpires at an EU October summit authorizing the start of trade negotiations.

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Topics: Duty Management, Global Trade Content, Global Knowledge, Trade Content Specialists

EU & Canada Confirm: “We Are Ready To Apply CETA This Autumn!”

Posted by Arne Mielken on Wed, Jul, 26 2017 @ 12:00 PM

On July 8, 2017, at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, the EU and Canada officially announced the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) - the modern-day Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and Canada. The date of implementation has been officially set for September 21, 2017. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that "98 percent of the CETA agreement will take effect on 21 September."

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

EU and Japan Moving Forward with Historic Free Trade Agreement

Posted by Nick Boland on Tue, Jul, 25 2017 @ 1:56 PM

After four and a half years of negotiation, it is looking increasingly likely that the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will be concluded toward the end of 2017. Successful meetings in April and July, backed by strong supporting messages from both sides, means that this landmark deal will create an agreement that aligns two economies accounting for more than a third of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

To add some scale to what that translates into, there are about 74,000 EU companies that export to Japan (source: eu.europa.com) paying in excess of €1 billion per year in tariffs, along with some 600,000 jobs supported by EU trade with Japan.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

Trump Extends Duty Savings Programs for Travel Goods to All GSP Countries

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Fri, Jul, 21 2017 @ 1:00 PM

On July 5, 2017, President Trump signed a proclamation officially granting duty free benefits on 28 lines of travel goods to all GSP countries. The U.S. travel goods industry had been impatiently waiting for this announcement since last June, when the Obama Administration granted only a limited number of countries.  

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Topics: Duty Management

Amber Road Expands Free Trade Agreement Solution

Posted by Julia Gorman on Thu, Jun, 29 2017 @ 9:36 AM

Amber Road offers the broadest GTM solution footprint on the market, a breadth that has now grown by 89 trade agreements. Amber Road’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Management solution automates the supplier solicitation, qualification and certificate management processes for importers and exporters. These duty saving and efficiency boosting capabilities now cover over 120 FTAs across the globe.
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Topics: Press Releases, Amber Road News, Duty Management

Amber Road is “En Marche!” with French Taxes

Posted by Arne Mielken on Mon, Jun, 19 2017 @ 12:00 PM

On May 14, 2017, the French Republic elected the youngest president of its history, Emmanuel Macron, who promised to reform the country and better prepare it for 21st century challenges. This is a big deal for the global trading community and the EU because France has the world's sixth largest economy by IMF estimates and the tenth largest economy by Purchasing Power Parity figures. It is the third largest economy in Europe.

In the wake of this historic election, there is one particular French trade aspect to consider and whether it’s ripe for reform: the peculiar French indirect taxes. Sure, France may have done away with their king a while ago, but some say France is still the King of Indirect Taxes!

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Topics: Landed Cost Calculation, Duty Management

How Automation Makes Trade with India Better

Posted by Arne Mielken on Fri, Jun, 16 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Free trade agreements (FTAs) help countries export more outside their borders, gain better access to raw materials and vital components, and compete more successfully in the global marketplace. For India and European Union member states, the EU-India FTA faces a tough uphill battle. However, once that battle is overcome, the FTA will increase trade and opportunity between the two powerful regions.

India is an important sales market for Europe; with a population of 1.3 billion it is the fastest growing economy in the world and a key supplier of a wide range of goods and services for many EU partners.  Germany, ahead of India’s Prime Minister’s visit to Europe in late May, made a strong pitch for resuming negotiations for the EU-India FTA. Germany is one of many countries that India terminated its bilateral investment protection treaties (BITs) with, following the country’s release of a new BIT model in December 2015.

If the new FTA is finalized, it will help both sides boost trade, create jobs, increase economic growth, and initiate new business opportunities. Companies need to prepare for the complex compliance processes that an FTA will bring when moving goods across these borders.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

Duty Drawback Success Story: A $1.3 Million Return on Investment

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Wed, Jun, 14 2017 @ 1:13 PM

Duty Drawback represents one of Customs’ most long-standing benefits to firms, as it offers companies a refund of up to 99% of taxes, duties and fees paid when imported merchandise is exported or destroyed within certain timeframes. The concept is simple – match your import entry documents with the corresponding export docs, file for expedited payment processing, and voila! Money will flow into your bank account.

As simple as it seems, drawback regulations are among the most complicated, and it is estimated that $2.8 billion dollars is left unclaimed by companies eligible for refund. Enter Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy – after attending the unique 3-day Duty Drawback Certificate Program, attendees have succeeded in securing incredible refunds for their firms.

One great success story is that of Tammy Anderson, Logistics Supervisor with an electronics firm, who in less than one year was able to secure $1.3 million dollars from her drawback program.  

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Topics: Import Management, Duty Management, Export Management, Import Compliance, Export Customs Filing

The China Factor: Global Trade’s Big Hub

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, May, 22 2017 @ 10:45 AM

Business often comes down to numbers, with bottom lines, profitability, growth and more, all part of the ongoing calculation of making a company succeed.  Unfortunately, the recent upheavals in global trade have made these calculations much more difficult. Unpredictability has become the new normal, with rising protectionism, saber-rattling from global leaders, and slow economic growth hindering financial projections. One factor that must be part of the equation for companies doing business globally is China.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones

Upcoming Webinar: Taming The Dragon

Posted by Chester Yavari on Mon, Apr, 24 2017 @ 11:01 AM

China is widely regarded as one of the most powerful economies and countries in the world, and with this being said China’s trade relationships face an uncertain time with the United States, forcing China to expand its relationship with the European Union. With these growing uncertainties and The New Silk Road on the horizon, navigating this dynamic market is more important than ever. However, paving your path through this market as importers and exporters alike is no easy task- implementing the proper policies and a China trade management solution is paramount to your company’s success.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones