Webinar: Wrapping Up Global Trade in 2017

Posted by Mandy Hyde

The past year of global trade management has been riddled with policy uncertainty and growing protectionism as ongoing negotiations, such as NAFTA and Brexit, bring promise of widespread trade changes and an influx of new policies and regulations. The World Trade Organization originally reported in April that global trade was expected to recover in 2017 and 2018; however, in order for a rebound in economic performance, governments would need to pursue "the right policy mix." Did this happen? What forthcoming trade trends do importers and exporters need to prepare for?

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Topics: Global Trade Content, Trade Content Specialists

Amber Road's Rules of Origin Search Tool Facilitates the Analysis Process

Posted by Ty Bordner

Lowering or eliminating your customs duties by leveraging free trade agreements or trade preference programs is a smart business strategy. There is an essential requirement to free trade agreement utilization: validating the product against its Rule of Origin (i.e. qualification).  These rules define the criteria by which a product is eligible for participation in the trade program.  When a product is wholly obtained and produced in a single country, it is relatively easy to determine its eligibility.  Difficulties arise in determining eligibility of goods manufactured in, assembled in, or using materials originating in, more than one country.

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Topics: Duty Management, Global Trade Content, Free Trade Agreements

And Then There Were 11: the TPP Moves on Without the US

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

It was a busy Saturday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit as trade ministers from 11 countries announced an agreement to push ahead with a trade deal whose destiny was uncertain after President Donald Trump dropped out a few months ago. Despite the US decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact to pursue an ‘America First’ protectionist trade agenda, the remaining 11 countries came away with a blueprint to start trading more freely between themselves in a resurrected form of the TPP deal. 

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Topics: Duty Management, Global Trade Management, Free Trade Agreements

Communication is Key: Material Management Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

Posted by Joe Gabro

In today's growing fashion industry, companies must meet their customers' demands as efficiently as possible while containing costs and reducing risk. But where should you start?

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Production Management, Material Order Visibility

Apparel Importers Stay in Vogue with Trade & Transportation at USFIA's Conference

Posted by Julia Gorman

For the past 29 years, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) host the Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference. As the premier annual event for the fashion industry’s trade and transportation community, the conference gathers over 200 industry executives. 

Amber Road is excited to attend and sponsor this year’s 29th Annual Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference on November 15, 2017 in New York City. As the Mobile App Sponsor, Amber Road will introduce the event app where attendees can plan their agenda, network, and access exclusive conference resources.

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Topics: Duty Management

How Would Your Company's Supply Chain Solutions Benefit From Digitization?

Posted by Mandy Hyde

The dynamic nature of global trade has begun to make it impossible for organizations of any size to operate manually. The global trade industry is becoming increasingly aware of the fact that supply chain solutions need to consistently evolve in order to keep pace with ever-changing global trade policies and regulations. With so much change both in the supply chain and within our regulatory environment, is there a "magic pill"?

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Global Trade Management

Webinar: Supply Chain Agility – What Does It Really Mean?

Posted by Julia Gorman

Supply chain agility (noun): the ability to react to unplanned or non-standard requirements in an efficient, timely, and capable manner.

Not only has ‘supply chain agility’ emerged as a buzzword in global trade, it is also the dominant competitive vehicle for organizations operating in such an uncertain and ever-changing business environment. But what does it really mean?

Join SupplyChainBrain’s webinar, ‘Supply Chain Agility – What Does It Really Mean?’ on November 16, 2017 at 2PM EDT, to find out.

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Topics: Global Supply Chain

Know Your Customer.....and Everyone Between You

Posted by Mandy Hyde

Companies today are exposed to a plethora of risks because of the dynamic and collaborative nature of supply chains. While it's impossible to eliminate all the risks that may exist in the vast business ecosystem, it is possible to mitigate some of these dangers by implementing an export compliance program with a robust restricted party screening strategy.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

A Step in the Right Direction: Tariff Reductions Ahead

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

Instead of a trick this Halloween, the footwear industry got a big treat as the US Congress put its best foot forward to provide duty-free access for some footwear products through the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. As part of the proposed GSP Footwear Act of 2017, outdoor footwear, low-cost rubber sole shoes with textile uppers, and slippers could be considered for duty-free savings. In particular, imports of protective active footwear, like certain hiking, trekking and running shoes could see the elimination of existing duties which are as high as 20%. If approved, the industry gains an estimated $57 million per year in duty savings. Certain footwear not produced domestically would be eligible to be added to GSP for the first time since the program was enacted over 40 years ago.

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Topics: Duty Management

Plastic Lions, Tigers, and Bears - OH MY!

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

There’s a slew of new regulatory requirements on the horizon that will keep production and supply chain managers up at night on how to effectively manage them.

It isn’t often that government agencies reduce the burden on manufacturers, but during an October 18th meeting the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) altered the current ruling requiring third-party testing of seven plastics sometimes found in children’s toys and child care products. 

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Topics: Product Testing, Risk and Quality Management