An Audit Isn't the Time to Think About SOPs

Posted by Paris Riley on May 3, 2019

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Imagine this: your company is being audited and as a part of the audit process you're asked to provide your standard operating procedures (SOP). Uh oh, you think, as you realize your manuals haven't been updated in years a major compliance issue. Import Export Globe

This unfortunately is a very common scenario for compliance managers and it's a time when many realize their written and documented SOPs are severely lacking or non-existent. In the midst of an audit is not the time you want to start thinking about your SOPs and manuals. 

Ideally, the time to create or update SOPs and manuals is before there's an issue. SOPs help keep everyone on track and ensure everyone has been provided the same guidelines of what to do and when. This, alongside properly trained employees, has been proven to make a distinct difference in maintaining a high level of trade compliance. Nonetheless, writing a manual on your own can be tricky especially if writing isn't your forte. 

Amber Road's SOP and Manual Development Advisory Services can help you by:

  • Evaluating your current processes

  • Working with your teams to create or update compliance manuals

  • Providing onsite analysis

  • Charting the flow of your supply chain

  • Pinpointing areas of vulnerability or emphasis

By enlisting the help of Amber Road's trade advisory practice in the creation or updating of your SOPs you're showing that you take managing compliance risks within your global trade operations seriously and demonstrating that intention alone can make a difference in the event of an audit. To learn more about the numerous benefits of Amber Road's SOP and Manual Development Advisory Services – download the brochure today.

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This post was published on May 3, 2019 and updated on May 3, 2019.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Trade Compliance

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