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Small to mid-sized businesses may not feel postponed shipments represent much of a threat to their livelihood. Yet, customers do not see the behind-the-scenes’ details, and to your customers, postponed shipments are an invitation to do business with your competitors. To help avoid postponed… Read entire entry »

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As global trade has expanded, the public and government agencies have grown increasingly aware of the importance of a product’s country of origin (COO). The COO is one of the most important factors in determining appropriate mode of transportation and maintaining compliance with all applicab… Read entire entry »

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As you walk through the doors, you overhear this, “I’m going to need to see your bill of lading for every import on December 23, 2010. Also, I need to look over your payment receipts for duties on all transactions that took place from November 1, 2011 to November 5, 2012.”

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When engaging in global trade, supply chain managers and companies have a fundamental duty to ensure all importing and exporting activities are held in compliance in local, federal, state, and international laws. For the purposes of importers in the US, the list of regulations can be quit… Read entire entry »

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On January 1, 1989, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) was created by Congress to replace previous US Tariff Schedules. Administered by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the HTS further defines the WCO’s 4- to 6-digit Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) into uniqu… Read entire entry »