Join more than 11,000 other exporters who get the latest export news, tips, and insights from export professionals.

Subscribe to Email Updates

4 Patenting Strategies to Protect Your Inventions Globally

3/25/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Intellectual Property Rights, Export Basics

Inventions are a visible, valuable tool in the global business economy. Unfortunately, many exporters don’t realize the importance of protecting their inventions with patents and enforcing their patents against competitors.

We spoke with Barbara A. Wrigley, a partner who specializes in patent law at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP, about strategies exporters can implement to protect their inventions. Here are her suggestions:

Read More

The Power of User Groups (Video)

3/24/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Change can be good. Except when its not. There may be times when you don't want shipment records or customized settings within your Shipping Solutions export software to change.

The multi-user version of Shipping Solutions Professional allows you to create a variety of user groups that may limit access to certain functions within the software to a particular individual or group of individuals. You can grant or deny access to any of the Shipping Solutions tabs (EZ Start, Databases, Utilities, Tools or Admin); to the screens within each tab; to the EZ Start tool bar; and the Shipment Options button.

Read More

Who’s Who in Your Export Journey (Infographic)

3/19/15 11:16 AM | David Noah | Export Basics

Are you ready to increase your share in the world’s markets? More than 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located beyond U.S. borders, with foreign purchasers ready and willing to pay the 300,000 U.S. exporters—97% of whom are small-to-medium sized businesses—for their high quality products.

Read More

Using Profile Settings (Video)

3/17/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Last week’s blog post showed you how to load signature and logo images into Shipping Solutions. The most efficient way to make use of those images is by connecting them to a profile. This week’s blog post shows you how you can use Profile Settings to assign logo and signature images, save your Export Compliance Module user name and password, and provide an email address to AESDirect for sending back your ITN number.

Read More

A Case of HaruMpF and MumPF

3/16/15 10:00 AM | John Goodrich | Import Basics
I am a new importer. When doing my research I was assured my product was duty free. My Customhouse Broker also told me he would only charge $120 for the entry. I just received my first invoice from my broker. In addition to the $120 entry fee I see there is a charge for $329.08 for something called MPF and another fee of $118.75 for something called HMF. Are these sucker charges? Is my broker taking advantage of me? My broker says these are supplemental fees charged by the government. How can something be duty free yet have additional fees of $447.83 tacked on?

Read More

5 Strategies for Protecting Your Trademarks Globally

3/12/15 9:51 AM | David Noah | Intellectual Property Rights, Export Basics

Trademarks and trade names are a visible, valuable tool in the global business economy. Unfortunately, many exporters don’t realize the importance of protecting and enforcing their trademarks.

We spoke with Barbara Grahn, a partner who specializes in international trademark issues at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP, about strategies exporters can implement to protect their trademarks. Here are her suggestions:

Read More

Adding Signatures & Logos (Video)

3/10/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

There are four screens on the Shipping Solutions Admin tab that work together, and if you don’t understand them all you really can’t make any of them work effectively. This is the first of four blog posts that will explain the four screens: Signatures & Logos, Profile Settings, User Groups and User Accounts. Today's post is about the Signatures & Logos screen.

The Signatures & Logos screen allows you to load images of any signatures and logos that you would like to appear on your documents. However, loading the images does only that. It doesn’t make them appear on any of your shipping documents. Next week’s post will show you how to make that happen using the Profile Settings screen. For now, watch the video below to see how to load your images into Shipping Solutions.

Read More

Khaki Pants That Will Keep You in Stitches

3/9/15 10:51 AM | Roy Becker | Export Finance, Letters of Credit, Export Basics

A company in the garment business found a new supplier in South Korea. The supplier informed the buyer that they would ship the goods as soon as they received a letter of credit. A bank for which I worked issued the letter of credit based on the instructions the buyer gave us in the application for this, his first letter of credit.

About two weeks later he called and asked to speak to me. He said, “Roy, I don’t want you to pay on the letter of credit.”

Read More

10 Terms You Need to Know about Intellectual Property

3/5/15 1:22 PM | David Noah | Intellectual Property Rights, Export Basics

For exporters, intellectual property rights are a critical and challenging aspect of doing business internationally. We recently spoke to Barbara Grahn and Barbara Wrigley, partners at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP, about several terms relating to intellectual property that exporters must understand. We’ll discuss terms as they relate to patents and trademarks.

It’s crucial to have a working knowledge of these terms, but keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of every term you need to know when working with intellectual property.

Read More

Providing AES Information to Your Freight Forwarder

3/3/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Although Shipping Solutions makes it easy for companies to file their Electronic Export Information (EEI) through AESDirect, some still prefer to let their freight forwarder file for them. Shipping Solutions includes two versions of the Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) that can be given to your freight forwarder so they can file through AES for you.

Read More