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How to Identify Import Country Requirements

David Noah | October 26, 2016 | Import Basics, Export Basics

One of the most costly mishaps an exporter can face is to get their goods to the destination and realize that something was overlooked—either they made a mistake, the deal was structured incorrectly, or responsibility was overlooked.

Often, this happens because sellers get seduced by the thought of a sale and put on blinders for the realities of it—and ultimately end up in an unfortunate situation, because they didn’t think about what steps needed to be taken first.

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Shipping Solutions Export Software Versions 9.11 and 8.11 Now Available

Lisa Nemer | October 26, 2016 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Shipping Solutions export software is pleased to announce the release of Professional version 9.11 and Classic version 8.11. If you are an active Annual Maintenance Program (AMP) subscriber, you can download the update from the AMP website.

The new versions include the following enhancements and fixes.

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Wood Packaging Certificates for Export and Import

Catherine J. Petersen | October 24, 2016 | Import Basics, Export Basics

“Keeping out the bugs” has become the worldwide mantra for exporters and importers. The bug that gained everyone’s attention in the United States was the Asian Long Horn Beetle, while other countries are concerned with the Pine Worm Nematode plus many other.

There are more than 85 countries that have adopted the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) regulation for wood packaging since its inception in 2001, according to the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB). The regulation applies to wood packaging materials (WPM) made from software or hardwood.

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Introducing the Export-Import Bank of the United States

Joseph A. Robinson | October 21, 2016 | Export Finance

In a previous three-part series of articles for this blog, I discussed a variety of U.S. goverment programs that can help you grow your exports. These programs can help your company locate new international markets for your products, finding foreign partners and distributors, and comply with export regulations.

Among the various government agencies that can provide assistance is the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the United States.

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6 Areas of Your Company That Need Export Training

David Noah | October 19, 2016 | Export Compliance, Export Basics

At first glance, becoming an exporter seems easy enough. Research and development needs to know how to create new products. Sales and marketing need to know how to market and sell them. And the export department needs to know how to export them.

If only it were that easy.

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Getting Your Products into Shipping Solutions Export Software

Lisa Nemer | October 18, 2016 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

This week I continue my exploration of the various data-entry screens in the Shipping Solutions export documentation and compliance software. By entering data into these screens, exporters can quickly and accurately complete more than two dozen standard export forms.

Today let’s take a look at the Products screens.

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3 Mistakes Exporters Make That Stunt Their Growth

David Noah | October 17, 2016 | Export Compliance, Export Strategies

At Shipping Solutions, we talk to dozens of exporters each week who are looking for information and help to grow their exports. These people typically recognize that something in their export process is broken, and they want to find a way to fix it.

But too often these people become frustrated by the pushback they get from their company leadership, their co-workers, or even their freight forwarders or customers when they try to implement changes. It reminds me of a well-known anecdote about collective behavior that illustrates how difficult change can be:

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Take a Hard Look at the Force Majeure Clause in Your International Sales Contract

Mary K. McCormick | October 14, 2016 | Export Basics

In most standard sales of goods contracts, roughly the last third of the agreement consists of the most standard, little-noticed clauses known as boilerplate. These include clauses on subjects such as Assignment, Waiver, Notices and the like. In most negotiations, the parties spend little or no time focusing on or re-writing these clauses.

One of the typical boilerplate clauses is what is known as a force majeure clause. For sellers of goods, it pays to take some time to focus on this clause.

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No, You Probably Don't Need an Export License, But...

David Noah | October 12, 2016 | Export Compliance, Export Basics

I talk to a lot of people who ask me, “How do I get a license to become an exporter?” That makes me nervous for them, because it shows a general lack of knowledge about what’s involved with exporting.

Obviously, not everyone who exports needs an export license. But some exports do, and knowing the difference is an important part of export compliance.

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Filing Your Export Shipments Through AES—Part 1

David Noah | October 10, 2016 | Automated Export System (AES)

If your company exports goods valued at more than $2,500 to anywhere other than Canada or goods that require an export license, Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) require that you file your export information electronically through the Automated Export System (AES). The Census Bureau uses this information to calculate export statistics and shares it with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure compliance with U.S. export regulations.

While previously you could file this information on a Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) paper form, changes to the FTR eliminated this option. In addition, the new regulations increased the civil and criminal penalties for failing to file through AES or for filing incorrect information up to a maximum of $10,000 per violation—a 10-fold increase over previous penalties.

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