CBP’s Trusted Trader Program Includes New Incentives for Importers

Posted by Colleen Bush on Wed, Aug, 28 2013 @ 12:12 PM

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they are aiming to begin the first phase of a Trusted Trader program this fall. The program will enable CBP to better manage supply chain security and compliance by unifying the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) initiatives:

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Topics: Import Management, Product Classification & Admissibility Review, Entry Management

Should US Aquariums Be Allowed to Import Beluga Whales?

Posted by Caroline Brown on Tue, Feb, 5 2013 @ 8:12 AM

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has recently applied for an import permit for 18 beluga whales for breeding and research purposes. Their application has reopened a nationwide debate on whether or not it is morally acceptable to keep "highly intelligent cetaceans," such as whales, in captivity.

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Topics: Import Management, Product Classification & Admissibility Review

DOJ Uncovers Massive U.S. Customs Fraud Scheme

Posted by Caroline Brown on Fri, Aug, 17 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Three international trade companies, the President of the San Diego Customs Brokers Association, and seven others face federal charges after investigators uncovered a multi-million dollar import fraud scheme in Southern California.

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Topics: Import Management, Document Management, Product Classification & Admissibility Review, Entry Management

United States to Impose Anti-Dumping Duties on Chinese Solar Panels

Posted by Caroline Brown on Tue, May, 29 2012 @ 8:57 AM

On Thursday, May 17th, the United States announced that it will impose anti-dumping tariffs of more than 31% on solar panels from China. This decision, likely to ratchet up the trade tensions between the US and China, is the result of the US Department of Commerce finding several Chinese solar panel companies guilty of dumping their goods (selling them at below fair-market value).

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Topics: Import Management, GTM Best Practices, Product Classification & Admissibility Review, Global Trade Management

Three Ways You Are Adding to Global Supply Chain Costs

Posted by Scott Byrnes on Tue, Apr, 10 2012 @ 4:36 PM

ROI from Visibility Solutions is Clearly There – Here are a Number of Places You can Find It

Today, the vast majority of enterprise-class companies are global. Why? The benefits of sourcing from low cost countries and selling into new foreign markets are too strong to dismiss.

Unfortunately, many still make due with sub-standard global processes and technologies borrowed from domestic operations. Global transportation and supply chain visibility are two such areas.
 Here are some questions to ask yourself to highlight ways you may be losing money without the right processes in place for global shipments.

Over-Reliance On Expedited Shipping

While some shippers must always use expedited shipping because their products are time-sensitive, many organizations use it to compensate when something has failed in the supply chain. Examining opportunities to reduce expedited airfreight and move to ocean freight is always a good cost-reduction strategy for global shippers.
When evaluating this opportunity, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have enough visibility into my inbound shipments against orders to make trade-offs that will still meet customer demand without having to expedite shipments?
  • Do I need to pay for expedited inbound shipping from my suppliers? Where can I find more lead time in the planning process?
  • Is my inventory system giving me enough information about ordering timeframes so I can avoid the cost of rush orders?

Through better planning and supply chain visibility, most global shippers can reduce expedited freight by 15 – 20% annually. This translates to significant costs savings for global companies with even moderate shipping volumes.

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Topics: Supplier Management, Purchase Order Management, Product Classification & Admissibility Review, Supply Chain Visibility, Order and Shipment Visibility