EU Parliament Advances CETA

Posted by Arne Mielken on Fri, Feb, 17 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Amber Road has previously reported extensively on the Comprehensive Economic and
 Trade Agreement
(CETA). Under negotiation for almost five-and-a-half years, CETA
was approved in a close vote by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 15 February 2017. It was signed by both the European Union and Canadian representatives in October 2016, and first received a positive recommendation from the EU International Trade Committee in the European Parliament (EP) on 24 January 2017.

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

A Day of Action Sets the Tone for Future Trade

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Thu, Jan, 26 2017 @ 9:45 AM

On his first full weekday in office, President Donald Trump swiftly abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with an executive order, standing by his Inauguration speech that “now arrives the hour of action." President Trump also signed an executive order to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The orders fulfill the pledge Trump made in mid-November to immediately make dramatic changes and put “America first” on his first day in office.

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

The Story of that Yarn: BOM Qualification

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Tue, Nov, 15 2016 @ 12:14 PM

Even with all of the potential free trade agreements (FTAs) companies can take advantage of, it’s little surprise that many U.S. importers are spinning when it comes to qualifying goods based on the restrictive regulations for sourcing inputs and raw materials.    

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Topics: Duty Management, Supplier Solicitation Campaigns, Trade Agreements, Bill of Material Qualification

Focus on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Posted by Arne Mielken on Thu, Oct, 20 2016 @ 2:45 PM

On February 29, 2016, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, and the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, announced the completion of the legal review of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). After many years of negotiations, this European Union (EU) and Canadian treaty could finally be signed at the forthcoming EU-Canada Summit in Brussels on October 27, 2016. The EU considers it to be “a milestone in European trade policy” and “the most ambitious trade agreement that the EU has ever concluded.”  Those in favor of CETA argue that it will boost trade between the EU and Canada. Critics argue that the agreement is unduly favorable to businesses and may lead to a lowering of regulatory standards.  With a provisional application possible in the near future, let’s take a closer look at what’s at stake and why CETA matters.

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Topics: Duty Management, Trade Agreement Identification, Trade Agreements

Free Trade Agreements Create Compliance Headaches

Posted by Mollie Leon on Thu, Oct, 6 2016 @ 8:51 AM

Free trade agreements (FTAs) open up market access between signatory countries by reducing barriers to trade, which makes it easier and more cost effective for U.S. companies to export their products and services to trading partner markets. However, this process isn't always that easy. For many trade compliance professionals, the most complex challenge is understanding and navigating the various “rules of origin.” Rules of origin are highly complex and technical rules that describe how exported goods shipped to a country or region may qualify for duty-free or reduced-duty benefits under the applicable trade agreement.

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Topics: Duty Management, Certificate Management, Trade Agreements, Product Claim Details and Storage

Video Series Chapter 5: Duty Management

Posted by Joe Gabro on Wed, Oct, 5 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Continued from Chapter 4: Logistics

Minimizing duties is one of the fastest and easiest ways to squeeze significant financial returns out of a company's global supply chain. Duty minimization opportunities come in many forms, but many companies fail to take advantage of these programs due to the perceived difficulty of qualifying for and administering them.

The fifth video in our series explains how automating the duty management process is the best way to reap the benefits – like cutting duties and taxes by 80-100%.

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

Software Can Help Soothe Free Trade Headaches

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Wed, Aug, 31 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Free trade agreements and foreign trade zones offer an attractive opportunity for US importers to reduce or eliminate duties and taxes, but these benefits hide behind a maze of complex protocols, dense paperwork, and red tape. Sourcing and supply chain executives must also balance duty considerations against material quality, production capacity, and number of components. 

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Topics: Duty Management, Supplier Solicitation Campaigns, Certificate Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Trade Agreements

Is Your Company Taking Advantage of Duty Drawback Claims?

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Fri, Aug, 12 2016 @ 9:06 AM

It is estimated companies overlook up to $2.5 billion in eligible duty drawback claims, even when they are qualified to file for these tax refunds. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) refunds up to 99% of import duties paid; your firm may be eligible even if you are not the original importer or exporter of a good, but meet the requirements of the program.

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Topics: Duty Management, Global Trade Academy

How to Prepare for China’s New Standardized Customs System

Posted by Colleen Bush on Thu, Aug, 11 2016 @ 12:04 PM

It is no secret that conducting trade in China can be rather difficult and complex, but that might all change with China’s brand new standardized Customs system.  This automated system was created by China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) in order to simplify trade by unifying Customs and standardizing nationwide enforcement of declaration issues, classification and valuation. The pilot program began in Shanghai in June, with a goal of national implementation by 2020.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management

Webinar Q&A: Framing the Total Landed Cost Picture

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Fri, Jul, 15 2016 @ 1:43 PM

On June 21st, Amber Road in conjunction with American Shipper broadcasted a webinar entitled, Framing the Total Landed Cost Picture. Our presenters, Suzanne Richer and Phanibhushan Reddy 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: Landed Cost Calculation, Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Trade Agreements