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

Cyber-Security Measures Should Include Supply Chain Vigilance

Posted by Eric Sternkopf

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month, an important reminder to increasing supply chain resiliency with comprehensive denied party screening.

The supply chain is one of the most collaborative environments in an organization, making it one of the most vulnerable. Maintaining a technologically secure global trade environment--while still providing access to all necessary parties around the globe--can seem daunting in today’s fast-paced, digital world. Cybersecurity weighs heavily on the and it is easy to understand why. The speed and global reach of the May 2017 WannaCry ransomware event, which spread over 150 countries in hours, brought home to many companies the cyber risks of an extended supply chain.

Attacks like these, while necessary to defend against, aren’t the only risks companies face in the global supply chain. Companies often think only about securing their networks and digital assets against cyberattacks and breaches, but don’t always protect themselves against criminal entities lurking in the trade shadows.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Amber Road Brings the EDGE to Digitization at CSCMP

Posted by Julia Gorman

CSCMP's EDGE Supply Chain Conference this year explored cutting-edge supply chain solutions with top industry leaders. Amber Road sent several of our own supply chain thought leaders, who have shared their most transformative takeaways from the conference.

Check out their reflections from the event:

Stephanie Miles, Senior Vice President of Commercial Services at Amber Road, spoke on the panel ‘Women at Work.’ The session was sponsored by Penn State Executive Programs and as a Penn State alumnus, and Senior Vice President, Stephanie had a lot to contribute:

“I enjoyed being a panelist on the 'Women at Work' series and making new connections with women who are rising stars or already shining stars in their supply chain careers. Always great to be a part of a session sponsored by Penn State. We Are!! I was also super impressed by the musical talent of the CSCMP staff and members. What a fun welcome reception with the live band and ‘everyday’ CSCMP people as rock stars. Hope to see more of that in the future!"

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Topics: Global Trade Management, Supply Chain Visibility, Global Supply Chain

Amber Road Navigates the Footwear Industry at FTDC

Posted by Julia Gorman

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) represents over 80% of the entire footwear industry making it the top business & trade association for the industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, brand, retailer or importer operating in the global footwear industry, FDRA is the voice behind advocating for government regulations, trade and tax policy around the world.

FDRA's Footwear Trade Distribution and Customs Conference (FTDC) is the longest running footwear conference in the United States. The conference will be held in sunny Long Beach, CA from October 22nd to 25th. As a sponsor, Amber Road is excited to exhibit and speak at FTDC alongside 200 of the industry’s top footwear executives, traffic and distribution specialists, customs experts, and service providers.

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Topics: Global Sourcing

Amber Road at the ICPA Fall Conference

Posted by Julia Gorman

Is your team up to date on shifting trade regulations, penalties, training, and enforcement trends? Attendees at next week's ICPA Fall Conference in Grapevine, TX can expect to hear from experts on top issues in global trade compliance and network with other ICPA members. Amber Road is excited to sponsor and speak at this year's event. Be sure to stop by booth 3 for fun giveaways, industry literature, and the chance to win a GoPro Sessions Hero5!

Building internal expertise in your global customs and trade compliance programs requires a clear and focused goal for multiple departments, from imports and exports to purchasing, accounting, and beyond. A well-planned approach to trade compliance can provide a return on investment through higher productivity and increased profits.

Jean-Pierre Geronimi, Director of Global Trade Academy at Amber Road, will present on ‘Trade Compliance Training: How to Create a Successful Program' on Tuesday, October 24th at 2:15PM. 

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Topics: Global Trade Academy

Compliance Issues in the Footwear Industry Uncover the Need for Risk Management Solutions

Posted by Joe Gabro

Supply chains are becoming highly sophisticated and vital to attaining a competitive advantage for many companies. But as manufacturers look to expand across borders, the global nature also makes them increasingly vulnerable to a variety of risks.

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Topics: Risk and Quality Management, Facility Compliance