Why Duty Drawback is Making a Comeback

Posted by Lacey Pierce on Tue, Jun, 4 2019 @ 10:03 AM

It is estimated that over $600 Million is recovered annually through the US Duty Drawback program and that is only 15% of the drawbacks that are available. This means that 85% of potential drawbacks are not being claimed each year, according to U.S. Customs. Are you leaving a savings opportunity on the table? This is exactly what Matt Robeson, Product Manager at Amber Road, talks about during his appearance on the Talking Logistics podcast.  During the 30 minute interview, Matt explains what a duty drawback is, how to qualify for it, why it has been brought to the forefront of global trade in 2019, and how companies can start implementing their own drawback process.

 

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Topics: Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Product Claim Details and Storage

European Customs Filing and Bonded Warehouse Management

Posted by Lacey Pierce on Tue, May, 28 2019 @ 11:15 AM

Did you know the opportunity cost of paying your duties and taxes upfront can be as high as 10 percent? Capital tied up in these untimely expenses can end up costing a company millions of dollars each year in lost opportunities. But what if you could defer these costs? Supply chain execution leaders understand the importance of keeping their organization’s cash flow flexible and maintain trade compliance. But in order to remain compliant and qualify to defer these duties and taxes, companies must first have complete visibility into their supply chain, including a granular view of what goods are moving in and out of the bonded warehouse, and then be able to share this information with the EU customs agencies.

The easiest way to gain a completely transparent supply chain is to utilize current supply chain technology to help identify opportunities, automate processes, and document the movement of goods along the supply chain. The risks of failing to remain compliant in this increasingly complex global trade arena could be costly, especially with Brexit creating turbulence for bonded inventory. With consequences as extreme as losing your trading privileges, it’s essential to maintain visibility and documentation within your supply chain. You can start digitizing your supply chain by downloading our European Customs Filing and Bonded Warehouse Management brochure.

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Topics: Duty Management, Foreign-Trade Zones, Free Trade Agreements

A New Momentum for Free Trade with Asia

Posted by Celine Gouriou on Mon, Apr, 22 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) facilitate access to international markets by lowering trade barriers and providing cost-saving advantages at the same time. Despite Asia's importance for European foreign trade, agreements with Asian countries are not progressing quickly. For example, agreements with Singapore concluded in 2014, South Korea in 2015, and Japan on February 1, 2019. This year, signatures on an agreement with Vietnam should allow it to move ahead. 

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

Are You Missing Out on Millions in Duty Drawback?

Posted by Paris Riley on Fri, Apr, 19 2019 @ 2:07 PM

Could you be missing out on millions in duty drawback claims? Many shippers aren't taking advantage of valuable savings due to an inefficient or lack of a duty drawback program. When goods are re-exported, destroyed, or used in manufacturing another export, shippers can reclaim up to 99% of duty payments. In fact, it's estimated that there are $2-3 billion of unclaimed duty drawback each year. Isn't it time for you to get your slice of that pie?

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Topics: Duty Management

Why All the Angst Over Brexit?

Posted by Daniel Smith on Mon, Apr, 15 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Last Friday was the date set for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. What might ultimately have happened on this day has been salivated over by some and agonized over by others ever since the UK voted nearly three years ago to withdraw, an event quickly dubbed “Brexit”—Britain Exiting the EU.  After the Brexit referendum, British Prime Minister Theresa May had over two years to negotiate an exit strategy that would gain Parliament's support. This proved more difficult than most anticipated, and the deadline was pushed back to April 12, 2019. But with the next deadline looming and nothing concrete in the works, the PM Theresa May and EU leaders agreed to extend this date for another six months; so, for now, the UK remains in the EU. But those not living in the UK may be wondering, why all the angst? Why can’t the UK just withdraw? The short answer is, they could. The long answer is much, much more complicated.

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Topics: Global Trade Management Software, Import Management, Duty Management, Export Management, Global Trade Content, Global Trade Management

Amber Road Launches New Multi-Country Customs Warehousing Platform with Enhanced Support for European Customs Filing

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Tue, Apr, 9 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Amber Road has expanded its support for customs filing in Europe in conjunction with the launch of a new multi-country customs warehousing platform. These solutions address the need for companies to rapidly configure their supply chain given changes in trade regulations or business strategy and to fully digitize trade processes with direct self-filing to customs agencies.

The Amber Road GTM solution integrates Global Knowledge® trade content from over 170 countries with order-to-cash processes to ensure compliant cross-border trade.  The new multi-country customs warehousing solution delivers a single platform from which to take advantage of the cost savings and supply chain efficiencies when moving bonded and non-bonded inventory in and out of Europe.   

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements, Import Customs Filing

Cintas Selects Amber Road’s On-Demand Global Trade Management Platform

Posted by Kelsey Barker on Mon, Feb, 4 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Cintas Corporation, a leader in their industry, has launched Amber Road’s GTM solution suite. Once fully implemented, the solution will streamline Cintas’ import and export operations, by creating  real-time, collaborative and fully standardized digital trade activities. 

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Topics: Import Management, Duty Management, Export Management, Global Trade Management, Trade Agreement Identification, Free Trade Agreements

Moving Out Of China Isn't So Easy

Posted by Daniel Smith on Tue, Jan, 22 2019 @ 10:08 AM

There has been a lot of recent buzz about companies relocating sourcing or manufacturing out of China. It’s easy to understand why. Supply chains are running at full steam as the economy is booming in many parts of the world, while in other parts economies are taking a hit from obstacles to open commerce and trade. Protectionist trade policies have led to new tariffs – actual and potential – and the accompanying cost increases have led to a general attitude of trade uncertainty, specifically between the US and China.  According to an Amber Road and AAEI 2018 report on Trade Trends, 77% of US importers surveyed consider shifting trade policies as their top challenge in the road ahead.  More than half of these companies also rank the cost of goods sold as their top concern. These higher tariffs add to the total landed cost, eventually affecting the price on the shelf.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements, Bill of Material Qualification

Free Trade Agreement Audits – Are Your Goods Really Duty Free?

Posted by Suzanne Richer on Thu, Nov, 15 2018 @ 11:36 AM

Claiming preferential treatment under any free trade agreement is fairly easy. Statements on the commercial invoice or accompanying certificates at the time of import are enough for your customs broker to claim the lower duty rate on your behalf. Proving eligibility of a reduced duty claim is quite the opposite, whether you are an importer, exporter, or the producer of the good.

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Topics: Duty Management, Product Classification, Free Trade Agreements, Bill of Material Qualification

The New NAFTA Takes Shape as USMCA

Posted by Gary M. Barraco on Tue, Oct, 2 2018 @ 10:33 AM

After months of discussion and to-and-fro activity, the US and Canada reached a late hour agreement on a framework for a renewed trilateral trade agreement that will replace NAFTA. The “US-Mexico-Canada Agreement” or USMCA is a “new, modernized trade agreement”, according to the joint statement released on Sunday evening by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland — the two top negotiators on USMCA.

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Topics: Duty Management, Trade Agreement Identification, Free Trade Agreements

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