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With the Summer Olympics about to kick into high gear, the Brazil customs strike enters its second month and continues to cause disruption in service supply chains operating in and around Rio de Janeiro.

The Sindifisco union of federal tax auditors launched an indefinite strike in early July in… Read entire entry »

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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 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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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 »