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How to Create a CARICOM Invoice

7/28/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

The CARICOM Invoice is used when exporting goods from the U.S. to one of the 13 Caribbean countries that belong to the Caribbean Community and Common Market trade agreement.

If you do a lot of exporting to places like the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands, you have probably completed a CARICOM Invoice. Shipping Solutions export software helps you create a CARICOM Invoice quickly, easily and accurately.

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Perplexed by Hazmat Shipping Regulations? We Answer 3 Common Questions

7/27/15 10:00 AM | Robert Smith | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat

When working with exporters across the United States providing dangerous goods onsite training, I’ve found many often have the same questions around the topic of hazmat shipping. In this article I share answers to three of the most frequently asked questions. I think they’ll resonate with you, too.

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How to Determine Which of Your Products Are Subject to Export Regulations

7/22/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, Export Basics

Where do your export products originate?

The answer may not be as cut and dried as you think.

In today's global supply chain, it's rare for a product to come entirely from one place. Unless you’re a farmer who’s planting seeds grown in the U.S. and harvested from your own land, or a miner who's extracting elements from the earth, it’s likely that at least some small part of your finished good comes from outside the U.S.

For this reason, it’s crucial that you determine which of your goods are subject to U.S. export regulations. If not, you can face significant penalties. Here are five guidelines to keep in mind when determining export jurisdiction.

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Using Trade Wizards with Shipping Solutions

7/21/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If you visit the Shipping Solutions website often, you may have noticed a new button at the top of the screen called International Trade Compliance Wizards.

The Trade Wizards are five online tools for importers and exporters: Restricted Party Screening, Export Controls, Product Classification, Import Controls, and the Landed Cost Calculator. While they used to have their own website, we recently added them to the Shipping Solutions site because they can be used in conjunction with the Shipping Solutions export document software to enhance a company’s export compliance plan.

You may find one or more of these tools beneficial as an add-on to your Shipping Solutions desktop software.

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3 Ways to Classify Your Products for Export Controls

7/15/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, Export Basics

While the majority of goods exported from the United States don’t require an export license, those that do require some extra work. This can be confusing to exporters who are going through the process of obtaining an export license for the first time.

The first step in ensuring export compliance is determining who has jurisdiction over your goods. While most items are controlled by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), your items may not be, especially if they have a direct military application. In that case, they may fall under the jurisdiction of the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

While this post outlines the steps for classifying your goods under the EAR, check out Kathryn Toomey's article that discusses the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

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Importing Data into the Contact & Product Databases (Video)

7/14/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

One of the biggest advantages of using Shipping Solutions export document software is that you can store your customer and product information in the Shipping Solutions databases so that when you create a shipment, you can just point and click to add your customer's name and address and what they purchased.

At the top of the EZ Start-Contacts screen you will see the Add Contact from Database button, and on the EZ Start-Product Detail screen you will see the Add Product from Database button. Both buttons will make your job of creating your export documents faster and less error-prone. You can enter data manually into the databases by clicking the Databases tab and choosing Contacts or Products.

An easier way to populate the databases, however, is to import your data. Watch this short video to find out how.

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Incoterms 2010 Freight and Associated Charges—Part 3: Best Practices

7/13/15 9:53 AM | Roberto Bergami | Incoterms

In the second article of this three part series, I discussed some common variations in terms and practices in the Incoterms® 2010 rules and definitions. In this article I will focus on some best practices that sellers and buyers may use to manage their delivery term risks.

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You Asked, We Answered: 6 Big Export Documentation Questions

7/8/15 10:33 PM | David Noah | Export Basics

“I was wondering the same thing!”

How many times have you stumbled across a great, thorough answer to a question and felt like saying that out loud?  I understand the sense of relief you feel when you get a complete, honest answer to your exporting questions. Our office gets emails about common exporting “hot topics,” often, so we thought it might be helpful to answer six of these questions here. Take a look!

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Deciphering Export Document Printing Issues

7/7/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

The truck is waiting, you’ve completed your shipment in the Shipping Solutions software, and all you have to do is print the export paperwork. You go to EZ Start, click the Preview/Print/Email button, select the documents you need and hit Print. Instead of hearing the whir of the printer, however, you get an error message. Never fear! There are three common printing errors that occur in three different situations, and they are easy to fix!

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A Stinky Letter of Credit and $22,000 in Rotten Potatoes

7/6/15 2:00 PM | Roy Becker | Letters of Credit, Export Forms

The letter of credit is one of the most common forms of payment in the business of international trade and exporting. While the credit risk is assumed by the bank issuing the letter, the exporter must still ensure their documentation complies with all the terms spelled out in the letter of credit.

Don’t give the issuing bank a reason to reject your payment because of poor-quality documentation. Read the true story about the exchanges between a Belgium bank, a North Dakota exporter, and a U.S. bank for insight into the significance of documentation when a letter is the currency of trade.

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