How to Maintain Trade Compliance in a Changing Environment

Posted by Anthony Hardenburgh on Tue, Feb, 28 2017 @ 9:45 AM

If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that the global supply chain can’t expect a continuation of the status quo, and even the surest predictions can be wrong. With last year’s tumultuous end in the rear-view mirror, global companies powering ahead into 2017 must be ready for regulatory change – both the predicted and unexpected.

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Topics: Duty Management, Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Free Trade Agreements

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Are You Ready for REX?

Posted by Arne Mielken on Tue, Jan, 10 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Global companies - particularly those using Amber Road’s software solutions - know that only with a superior system that deciphers complex terms, coverage and rules of origin for trade agreements can they leverage substantial costs-savings, whilst maintaining highest levels of compliance. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that these leading global players have been buzzing with questions on the recently adopted Registered Export System (REX). 

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Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

Updates to the 2016 EU Dual-Use Control List: Here’s What Changed

Posted by Arne Mielken on Wed, Nov, 23 2016 @ 9:57 AM

The constant changes in economical, technological, and political circumstances makes it necessary for the EU to be as current as possible when it comes to dual-use export controls in order to preserve international peace and security. For this reason, and in order to comply with its international security obligations, the EU dual-use control list included in Annex I to the Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009 needs to be updated regularly.

On November 15, 2016, the European Commission formally published the amended Council Regulation on the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items. The EU Commission had already adopted this on September 12, 2016, however publication in the Official Journal of the EU could not occur until after the EU Parliament and EU Council’s 2-month period of veto powers had passed. This 2016 update of the EU Control List of Dual-Use Items concern, in particular, the current list of dual-use items, specifically those in Annexes I, IIa and IIg of EC No 428/2009, as amended. The regulation entered into force the following day on November 16, 2016. The EU Commission has published a “Comprehensive Change Note Summary 2016”.

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Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

Even the eCommerce Giants Lack Export Control Processes

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Mon, Oct, 24 2016 @ 9:38 AM

Amazon.com has dominated the eCommerce industry since 1995, originating as an online reseller of books.  During Amazon’s first month in business, it received orders from customers in 50 U.S. states and 45 countries across the world.  Today, the company offers over 183 million products and serves more than 224 million customers. 

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Topics: Export Management, Product Classification, Export License Management, Export Compliance, Export Violations

Video Series Chapter 6: Trade Compliance

Posted by Joe Gabro on Wed, Oct, 19 2016 @ 10:15 AM

Continued from Chapter 5: Duty Management

The growth of globalization – along with the proliferation of country-specific trade rules – adds to the complexities that global trade organizations already face on a daily basis. Companies that rely on spreadsheets or increasing personnel only make their trade compliance management less efficient.

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

EU Proposes to Modernize its Dual-Use Regulation

Posted by Arne Mielken on Thu, Sep, 29 2016 @ 10:15 AM

The EU has an extensive dual-use industry that brings together thousands of small, medium, and large-sized companies that provide highly valued jobs and know-how, including significant R&D work. According to the European Commission, dual-use items are often high-tech products and have ramifications across a wide range of key sectors of the EU economy; they include leading edge technologies that are crucial to the EU's drive towards innovation and competitiveness. In 2014, the total value of controlled dual-use exports reached EUR 59 billion, representing 3.4% of total EU exports to third countries. Few exports were actually denied, representing a negligible portion of total EU exports.

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Topics: Export Management, Export License Management, Export Compliance

Fundamentals of Centralized Global Trade Compliance

Posted by Mollie Leon on Mon, Jul, 18 2016 @ 8:52 AM

The field of global trade compliance requires a combination of centralized reporting and distributed execution. This allows organizations to benefit from unified policies, control, and measurement while maintaining agility to implement compliance activities and processes that vary greatly across different geographies and product domains. 

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Global Trade Management, Export Compliance

Webinar Q&A: WCO 2017 HS Changes: Is Your Company Prepared?

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Thu, Jul, 14 2016 @ 1:47 PM

Last month, Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy broadcasted a webinar WCO 2017 HS Changes: Is your Company Prepared? Our presenters, Kristine Bols, Director of Global Trade Content at Amber Road and Suzanne Richer, Director of Amber Road’s Trade Advisory Practice, received several questions throughout the webinar. Unfortunately they 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: Product Classification, Export Compliance, Global Trade Academy

The British Vote Brexit: How Will This Impact Global Trade in EU and US Companies?

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Thu, Jul, 7 2016 @ 2:28 PM

As you have heard by now, the British public voted in favor of Brexit. Of the British electorate, 51.9% casted their vote in favor of Brexit, with a higher-than-expected overall turnout of 72.2%.

So what does this mean for the future of the UK, EU and global trade?

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance

WCO 2017 HS Changes: Is Your Company Prepared?

Posted by Nick Fabretti on Tue, Jun, 7 2016 @ 11:43 AM

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has announced significant updates to the Harmonized System (HS), which will go into effect in 2017. These changes could have a major impact on your company’s global trade processes and international supply chain. Are you prepared?

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Topics: Product Classification, Export Compliance, Global Trade Academy