Netherlands Places Mandatory AEO Requirement on Customs Agents

Posted by Arne Mielken

The EU’s Union Customs Code (UCC) provides the possibility of imposing national conditions or requirements for the status of customs representatives. Customs representatives, also known as Customs brokers, are the professionals that "clear" goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters. This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation and payment of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between government authorities and importers and exporters. Custom brokers may, for example, be employed by or affiliated with freight forwarders, independent businesses, shipping lines, importers, exporters, trade authorities, and customs brokerage firms.

As of July 1, the Netherlands requires these customs representatives to meet Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) criteria, with the hopes of improving the quality of data they supply in their customs declarations.

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Topics: Entry Management, Import Customs Filing

How to Fully Address the New ACE PGA Requirements

Posted by Joe Gabro

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is leveraging the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system to implement a Single Window with Partner Government Agencies (PGAs). As a result, importers must now prepare all data elements prior to the arrival of goods.  Considering 10-75 data points must be declared at the time of admission, importers must find a way to ensure that the correct information is being submitted in a timely manner.

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Topics: Import Management, Entry Management, Import Customs Filing

Reasonable Care: A Company Approach to Reducing and Mitigating Risk

Posted by Joe Gabro

Reasonable care standards promote a consistent approach to a company’s import process and are often a mitigating factor in avoiding penalties. Amber Road's Trade Advisory Practice and the Journal of Commerce recently conducted a survey to help organizations rate their reasonable care process over its import and entry filings.

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Topics: Import Management, Entry Management, Importer Security Filing

The ACE Single Window:  A Catalyst for Change

Posted by Ty Bordner

Customs organizations around the world are finally modernizing their systems. Importers will be able to eliminate manual processes, improve visibility to trade flows, and more easily comply with applicable laws and regulations. The WCO (World Customs Organization) labels this type of system as a “Single Window” where Customs effectively centralizes the collection of data and distributes it to all required agencies to realize a coordinated and more efficient border control.

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Topics: Import Management, Import Compliance, Product Classification, Entry Management

[Register Now!] Total Supply Chain Risk Management Webinar Series Pt. 3: Cargo Security

Posted by Colleen Bush

Risk is a fact of life for any supply chain, whether it’s dealing with quality and safety challenges, supply shortages, legal issues, regulatory and environmental compliance, or natural disasters. Luckily, companies can take a proactive approach to risk management to ensure their global supply chains are insulated.

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Topics: Webinars, Amber Road News, Import Management, Entry Management, Importer Security Filing

[Now Available!] American Shipper’s 2014 Import Operations and Compliance Benchmark

Posted by Colleen Bush

Although importers are becoming savvier in managing their global import operations, their advances in sophistication and technology deployment are being offset by increased external complexity. Importers seem to be forever chasing a moving target.

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Topics: Global Sourcing, Import Management, Entry Management

10 Predicted U.S. Customs and Border Protection Changes in 2014

Posted by Colleen Bush

As the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to play an increasing role in regulating trade, 2014 will bring about big changes at the agency, which will directly impact importers and exporters. Attorney Peter Quinter, who chairs the Customs & International Trade Law Group of GrayRobinson, P.A., has compiled a list of 10 predictions about where CBP is headed:

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Topics: Import Management, Export Management, Export Compliance, Entry Management

Is the Government Shutdown Hindering Your International Trade Operations?

Posted by Colleen Bush

Despite Customs remaining largely staffed during the government shutdown, many companies are seeing their import and export operations screeching to a halt as they hit trade roadblocks from other furloughed agencies.

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Topics: Import Management, Duty Management, Export Management, Free Trade Agreements, Entry Management

CBP’s Trusted Trader Program Includes New Incentives for Importers

Posted by Colleen Bush

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they are aiming to begin the first phase of a Trusted Trader program this fall. The program will enable CBP to better manage supply chain security and compliance by unifying the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) initiatives:

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Topics: Import Management, Product Classification, Entry Management

ISF 10+2 Enforcement: CBP Prepares to Enter Liquidated Damages Phase

Posted by Colleen Bush

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will begin the liquidated damages phase of the Importer Security Filing (ISF) on July 9, 2013. These ISF enforcement phases are designed to help CBP make more informed targeting decisions regarding high-risk US-bound cargo.

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Topics: Import Management, Entry Management, Importer Security Filing