Globalization and protectionism is driving a new business paradigm for supply chains – a vigorous international debate on the parameters of free or preferential trade. From a strategic and global perspective, Brexit could be the first wave of de-globalization and growing populism in other nations. But President Trump’s driven agenda continues to cause turbulence worldwide as other countries look to strike bilateral trade agreements rather than stay in the previous regional ones.
With approximately 500 regional and preferential trade agreements now in place across the globe, companies can benefit from the lowered duty rates and trade barriers that come with these free trade agreements (FTAs). But managed ineffectively they also pose huge compliance risks. FTA information needs to be constantly updated to ensure accurate origin determination for making a claim.