Rules of Origin Really Do Rule: How to Diversify Your Global Sourcing Portfolio

Posted by Paris Riley on July 23, 2019

Change is a constant when your sourcing practices have to ride the waves of global trade policy. In the face of rising tariff costs, consumer expectations for sustainability, environmental challenges, and international politics, many shippers are looking to change and diversify their global sourcing practices.

Parts and material sourcing is what determines the success of a final product, therefore it is incredibly important that any changes made to sourcing practices keep quality top of mind. Of course, that's not all there is to consider when diversifying your sources. It's easy to overlook something very important that can have a profound effect on the company's bottom line: inputs and their origin.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

EU-Mercosur: An Historic Trade Agreement

Posted by Celine Gouriou on July 10, 2019

It took 20 years of negotiations to bring about the free trade agreement between the European Union and the South American Mercosur countries.

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Topics: Duty Management, Free Trade Agreements

Trade with China: What's Going on Behind the Wall?

Posted by Lacey Pierce on June 26, 2019

While the world has been focused on the retaliatory trade regulation changes, China has made some dramatic changes to its import and export policies that will affect any company trading in China’s economy. Gary Barraco, the Director of Global Product Marketing at Amber Road, discusses these changes and what it means for a company’s current China trade management strategy and companies trying to break into the Chinese marketplace on the SupplyChainBrain podcast with host Bob Bowman. These changes have been overshadowed by the tit-for-tat tariff talks, but that doesn’t detract from the importance of these changes on global trade.

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Topics: China Trade Management, Duty Management

Why Duty Drawback is Making a Comeback

Posted by Lacey Pierce on June 4, 2019

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 May 28, 2019

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 April 22, 2019

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 April 19, 2019

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 April 15, 2019

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 April 9, 2019

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 February 4, 2019

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

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