Learn About USMCA at the Massachusetts Export Expo

Posted by Paris Riley

Any time a new free trade agreement is announced there are always questions that arise, especially when it comes to replacing a longstanding agreement like NAFTA. If you're attending the Massachusetts Export Expo tomorrow then you're in luck!

Join Amber Road's very own Suzanne Richer, director of our trade advisory practice, for US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) & Trends for U.S. Free Trade Policy tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Room 4.

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Topics: Free Trade Agreements

[Upcoming Webinar] New Year, New Ways to Navigate Trade Compliance!

Posted by Devon Miller

As one of the most turbulent years in global trade history comes to a close, companies of all sizes must prepare for the New Year… and new compliance challenges ahead! Governments are taking an aggressive stance with enforcing export compliance, imposing million-dollar fines and upholding ever-changing trade regulations. As global supply chains continue to expand in size and complexity, companies need to prepare for what is on the horizon.

Surveying over 170 mid-market companies, Amber Road’s 2018 Annual Mid-Market Survey and Report encompasses a wide variety of industries. Companies responded to a slew of questions pertaining to product classification, restricted party screening (RPS), and various other compliance related activities. To better understand how these same businesses managed their critical programs, the survey also explores how the adoption of technology plays a role in their unique compliance needs.

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Restricted Party Screening, Export Compliance

Survey Finds Almost Half of Universities Allow Visits from Restricted Parties

Posted by Devon Miller

For universities and research institutions, the world of export compliance comes with high risk. Violating EAR, ITAR or OFAC regulations can incur heavy fines, and government agencies and lawsuits continue to increase enforcement for higher education compliance. In countless instances, staff and educators are unknowingly violating trade laws that break compliance and put their organizations at risk.

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Laura in our Compliance Spotlight

Posted by Lacey Pierce

The spotlight this week is shining on a woman who has always soared to new heights and raised the bar for those who came after her. Laura Langton, the Export Control Manager & Research Compliance Specialist at Washington University of St. Louis, has a passion for everything she puts her mind to, especially when it comes to export compliance and deemed export issues. Her specialty is adopting a bird’s eye view of compliance, taking in every issue that could arise and developing contingency plans to keep the University on track while preventing any issues that may affect current or future research. This dedication is why we’ve decided Laura Langton is a great fit for our Compliance Professional Spotlight.

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Document Management

Barbara Hawley is on Fire as Our Compliance Spotlight

Posted by Lacey Pierce

This week’s compliance professional spotlight is on fire! We’d like to announce Barbara Hawley as our next Captain of Compliance.  Barbara has a fiery passion for every aspect of supply chain management but has a sweet spot for managing and maintaining compliance. As the Compliance & Logistics Manager at PEI-Genesis, she has revolutionized her company’s compliance processes. She’s taken her fire and passion for compliance and automated PEI-Genesis’s processes with Amber Road’s Export On-Demand

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Topics: Export Management, Export Compliance, Document Management

Kelly Wols: The Story of a Compliance Superhero

Posted by Lacey Pierce

We are happy to announce that Kelly Wols is our Compliance Professional Spotlight this week! Kelly shows her passion for trade compliance in everything she does, from her ISO Certification to her Degree in Business Management. Kelly is a Compliance Superhero whose special power is understanding all things in regards to customs compliance!

She currently works at Osterman & Company as their Customs Compliance Manager where she has encouraged her team to automate their compliance procedures by leveraging Amber Road Export On-Demand. Over the past two years, she helped upgrade their compliance efforts to maintain current in today’s turbulent economy and to increase the overall efficiency of the team.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Export Management, Restricted Party Screening

Wichita State University and University of Kansas Follow the Amber (brick) Road

Posted by Devon Miller

Ah, the classic 'Wizard of Oz'. A movie, rich in lessons learned, by a young girl named Dorothy from Kansas. In the state of Kansas, learning and education is revered- one in three Kansas residents over 25 has at least a bachelor’s degree, and 74,000 students are attending one of the many state universities.

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Topics: Trade Compliance, Export Management, Restricted Party Screening, Export Compliance

Meet Our Captain of Compliance: Bethany Nelson

Posted by Lacey Pierce

In honor of National Compliance Officer Day, Amber Road will be recognizing one compliance officer weekly from October 3rd through November 4th. With all of the changes in trade agreements, product testing and ethical sourcing standards, maintaining compliance in any part of your supply chain is becoming increasingly more difficult. We believe in the magic that compliance professionals bring to their company. Therefore, we are spotlighting Bethany Nelson, the Export Control Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bethany is a self-proclaimed “nerd” when it comes to compliance! Over the past 5 years, she’s helped UW-Madison’s Export Control Office grow into a more robust program, through dedicated outreach and education programs. Bethany has done this under the leadership of Tom Demke, the UW-Madison’s Export Control Officer. They ensure the University’s compliance with relevant federal regulations through hard work and dedicated effort.

Before she helped build UW-Madison’s Export Control Program, she earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee but decided that quantum mechanics and black holes were just too pedestrian a field and got a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Export Management, Trade Compliance

Your Questions Answered - University Compliance Screening Survey Webinar

Posted by Devon Miller

Universities and research institutions are required to comply with the same import and export regulations as companies that conduct global trade. In many instances, the staff and educators are unknowingly violating trade laws that could result in heavy fines or imprisonment.

Last month, Amber Road hosted the University Compliance Survey Results: Screening is Up! webinar. This webinar explored The Annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey results of 70+ universities and research institutions along with the methodology, observations and considerations pertinent to compliance. The presenters included:

  • Bethany Nelson, Export Control Coordinator and survey author at the Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Gary Barraco, Global Product Marketing Director At Amber Road


We will be sharing the webinar recording soon, but in the meantime both of our presenters answered several important questions from viewers. Here is a preview into the Q&A portion of the webinar:

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Topics: Deemed Exports, Export Compliance, Restricted Party Screening

Webinar: How Does Your University Compliance Program Fare Against 70 Others?

Posted by Tiffany Gourdin

Being an export compliance officer for a major research program is not easy. Increased enforcement from various government agencies coupled with constant talk (..and action) of regulatory changes and updates to restricted party lists will keep you on your toes. Add to that the fact that being the compliance captain isn’t always a fun task (unless you are Captain Compliance that is…)

There are multiple factors involved in creating and maintaining an export compliance program in a research setting. Do you screen purchases before, after, a mix of both? Does that vary based on the purchase type? Do you screen all visitors, or just those coming for a conference?

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