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

Webinar: The What, Where, and Why of EAR Licenses

Posted by Kelsey Barker

Exporting is no simple business, and any company exporting under the jurisdiction of the BIS must ensure that all employees know when a license is required, how to identify and take advantage of applicable license exceptions, and understand the application process for a BIS export license.

Join Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy for a step-by-step guide to making accurate licensing determinations to ensure that all proper BIS license authorizations for exports and re-exports are put into place before they occur.

During this complimentary webinar, EAR Licenses: When Are They Required? How Do You Obtain Them? international trade lawyer Robin Grover will cover:

  • Classifying products under EAR 99 or an ECCN
  • Determining when EAR requires a license for exports, re-exports, and transfers
  • Major license exceptions and compliance with their scope, terms, and conditions
  • The SNAP-R system and how to access it
  • How to prepare EAR license applications and supporting documents
  • Managing your export license

Don’t miss this crucial EAR training review of an even more crucial topic. Register today!

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Voluntary vs. Mandatory Product Safety

Posted by Gary M. Barraco

A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting in the DC area conducted by various organizations focused on product safety testing as a critical function of product commercialization and sale. A primary topic centered around the development and implementation of voluntary product testing standards. Regulatory standards exist, like the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), California Prop 65, EU REACH and CE programs, China GB and others. However, companies and organizations are working to build standards before they become a law, as a means of self-policing. 

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Topics: Product Testing

Weapons Manufacturer AirTronic USA Keeps Hypervigilant with Restricted Party Screening

Posted by Julia Gorman

Manufacturers across all industries run a deep risk with ensuring their exports remain compliant with government regulations. These risks increase exponentially when dealing with highly restricted products.

As companies become increasingly global, the examples of those who break sanctions continues to grow at an alarming rate. A recent and large-scale example is the Chinese international technology company, ZTE, that plead guilty to selling electronics to Iran. In the settlement, ZTE agreed to pay $1.19 billion in fines, making it the largest criminal fine in a United States sanctions case.

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Topics: Export Compliance

Webinar: Building Trade Compliance Expertise with e-Learning

Posted by Julia Gorman

With the complexity of today’s global environment, organizations struggle to establish and maintain cohesive trade and compliance procedures across functions and geographic locations. Regulation shifts and requirement changes are some of the many external forces that increase this challenge in ways that are out of our control. This heightens the importance of implementing a trade compliance training program that can monitor, test, and certify participants.

Take a well-planned approach to team training and reduced risk of non-compliance. Global Trade Academy’s new e-Learning program provides ongoing training with a reasonable care approach, testing your key personnel who are critical to safeguarding your firm’s global risk.

Join Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 2:00PM EDT for our webinar, Building Trade Compliance Expertise with e-Learning

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Topics: Global Trade Academy

Webinar: Leveraging Free Trade Agreements: The Hidden Benefits

Posted by Mandy Hyde

Most global trade professionals are aware that free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and the plethora of bilateral trade agreements can save companies millions of dollars annually in duties and taxes. This is turn creates an attractive opportunity for exporters to grow their business overseas by making their products more affordable in growing markets. Unfortunately, many organizations choose not to leverage FTAs due to the complexity and dynamic regulatory environment associated with each unique FTA. Trade professionals who still use manual or outdated FTA management solutions could be paying up to several million dollars more than necessary each year.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements