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Why I Hate Routed Export Transactions

2/3/16 10:00 AM | David Noah | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

People sometimes call me a control freak. And when it comes to my company, I can’t deny it—I like to know what’s going on when it comes to my business. That’s why I can’t stand the idea of a routed export transaction.

You see, when you agree to a routed export transaction, what you’re ultimately doing is giving up control. And when you give up control, you’re much more likely to get in trouble.

Here are just a few notable risks exporters take when they agree to routed export transactions:

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Backing Up Your Shipping Solutions Export Software Database

2/2/16 12:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

You’ve worked hard to create your export paperwork and it is an important part of your export audit trail, so don’t take chances. Make sure your Shipping Solutions export software database is backed up!

Below are some procedures to follow depending on whether you have the single or multi-user version of Shipping Solutions.

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The Bill of Lading Always Proves Shipment Ownership

2/1/16 10:00 AM | Roy Becker | Export Forms

How do you prove you own your car? You prove ownership with an official looking document called the title. Likewise, how do you prove you own a shipment of goods? Well, it’s a title of sorts, but it’s called a bill of lading.

The bill of lading (BoL or B/L) always signifies or declares the shipment’s ultimate owner (consignee). From a legal viewpoint, a bill of lading has three functions:

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How to Develop a Better Export Strategy

1/27/16 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Strategies, Export Basics

Strategy. It’s more than just a buzzword—or at least, it should be. Almost every exporter wants to create some sort of strategy, but not all of them want to take the time to consider what their strategy should be. Unfortunately for them, a strategy that’s built on guesses or faulty information is doomed for failure.

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Shipping Solutions, AESDirect, and the Transition to ACE

1/26/16 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If you’ve done an Automated Export System (AES) filing lately, you’ve probably heard the news that AESDirect is being moved into the Automated Commercial Enviroment (ACE) platform.

In an earlier blog post I talked about the background of the project and preliminary steps. In this post I’ll answer some of the questions I’ve been getting from our Shipping Solutions customers.

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Repaired Goods: Import and Re-Export

1/25/16 1:47 PM | Catherine J. Petersen | Export Regulations, Export Basics

Congratulations! You sold a piece of your equipment and machinery to a customer in the United Kingdom who also purchased an extended warranty and service agreement from your firm. Before you shipped your equipment to this new customer, of course, you verified that the goods did not require an export license and that the customer was not listed as a restricted end-user by any U.S. government agency.

Now, some months later, the equipment that you sold to your British customer has broken down, and they wish to return the item for repair. They have asked you for guidance on how to proceed. It is urgent. You want to be sure that the return process is as inexpensive as possible and without any delays in shipping, handling and repair.

Here are some steps that will help you make arrangements that will ease the flow of paperwork and goods between you and your customer.

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The Chamber of Commerce and Export Documents: The Certificate of Origin

1/20/16 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics, Export Forms

In my first article in this series, I discussed the role chambers of commerce play in exporting. In this article, I'm focusing on one of the most useful services a chamber of commerce provides to exporters: export documents. Specifically, their role in helping you create a certificate of origin.

Here’s what you need to know about that process.

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Understanding Units of Measure for the Automated Export System (AES) versus Export Invoices

1/19/16 1:40 PM | Lisa Nemer | Automated Export System (AES), Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Have you ever wondered why Shipping Solutions export software has three unit of measure fields and three quantity fields?

The reason is that they have different reporting purposes. One is used as a sales unit of measure on export invoices and other forms, and the other two are used for filing your Electronic Export Information through the Automated Export System (AES).

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From EXW to DDP: Incoterms 2010 Plain and Simple

1/18/16 9:59 AM | Joseph A. Robinson | Incoterms

Incoterms enjoy worldwide recognition and, through their universal implementation, accurately reflect the standard for carrying out international trade practices. Incoterms closely correspond to the U. N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods.

The question and answer format is used for simplicity and ease of understanding.

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The Chamber of Commerce Role in Exporting

1/13/16 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics, Export Forms

You've probably heard of a chamber of commerce—these private organizations have an easy-to-remember name. But what do you really know about the role chambers play in exporting?

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