Watch Video: Benjamin Moore Saves Millions in Duties by Automating NAFTA Qualification

Posted by Paris Riley

In a new customer testimonial video featuring Benjamin Moore, Peter Shea, Senior Manager of Customs Import/Export Compliance, discusses how the challenges associated with achieving their company mission led them to Amber Road and ultimately to saving millions of dollars, accelerating cash flows and making massive progress in just four months.

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Topics: Free Trade Agreements

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: What Does It Mean for You?

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Japan and the EU account for more than a third of the world’s GDP, so the upcoming EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has businesses from both continents evaluating the impact of this landmark agreement as it nears its negotiation and launch. The impact on tariff and non-tariff measures alike are substantial and provide opportunities for companies of all sizes.

Join Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy for a webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, at 2PM EST, to explore some of the agreement’s key aspects, with contributions from Suzanne Richer, Director of Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy, and Nick Boland, Director of Solutions Consulting EMEA.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

NAFTA 2.0 – Round Two of Negotiations

Posted by Jonathan Dicks

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

NAFTA 2.0 – Round One of Negotiations

Posted by Jonathan Dicks

The first round of negotiation meetings of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 were held in Washington D.C. on August 16-20, 2017. The negotiating parties convened to modernize the NAFTA agreement (implemented in 1994) at the request of the Trump Administration. Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the Agreement, unless new terms (favorable to the U.S.) are struck.

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Topics: Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Trade Regulatory Content, Free Trade Agreements

Global Trade Updates Around the World

Posted by Nick Fabretti

Global trade and policies are changing quickly. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies are trying to have it both ways on trade – protectionism with a commitment to free trade. This leaves companies that move goods and services across borders between a rock and a hard place when it comes to sorting out their business.

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Topics: Global Trade Management, Free Trade Agreements

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

Posted by Arne Mielken

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

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

Amber Road Supports New Free Trade Agreements

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Globalization and protectionism is driving a new business paradigm for supply chains – a vigorous international debate on the parameters of free or preferential trade. From a strategic and global perspective, Brexit could be the first wave of de-globalization and growing populism in other nations. But President Trump’s driven agenda continues to cause turbulence worldwide as other countries look to strike bilateral trade agreements rather than stay in the previous regional ones.

With approximately 500 regional and preferential trade agreements now in place across the globe, companies can benefit from the lowered duty rates and trade barriers that come with these free trade agreements (FTAs). But managed ineffectively they also pose huge compliance risks. FTA information needs to be constantly updated to ensure accurate origin determination for making a claim.

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Topics: Trade Regulatory Content, Free Trade Agreements

How Automation Makes Trade with India Better

Posted by Arne Mielken

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

How to Maintain Trade Compliance in a Changing Environment

Posted by Anthony Hardenburgh

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