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10 Time-Saving Tips for Creating and Organizing Your Export Documents

David Noah | August 16, 2017 | Export Compliance, Export Forms

When I first talk to exporters frustrated by the amount of time it takes to complete their export documentation, they often tell me they can spend two hours or more on every single shipment. If they have multiple export orders to ship, the time they have left to do any other part of their job is virtually nil.

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Creating the IMO Dangerous Goods Form

Lisa Nemer | August 15, 2017 | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat, Export Forms, Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If your item is considered a dangerous good (DG) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), you can prepare the proper documents for your shipment using Shipping Solutions export documentation software.

Prior blog posts discussed how to enter your DG information into the Shipping Solutions database and how to create the IATA Dangerous Goods form. Today I describe how to create the IMO Dangerous Goods form.

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Who Is Responsible for Filing the Electronic Export Information (EEI)?

Arnesh Roy | August 14, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES)

As an exporter, you will no doubt become familiar with the Automated Export System (AES) if you aren’t already. This is the system that the United States uses to collect data on exports out of the country as outlined in the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

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Spotlight on Air Waybill

David Noah | August 9, 2017 | Export Basics

Bills of lading are important documents that serve as contracts, receipts and documents of title for exporters. Exporters should use them with every export so they have evidence of a contract of carriage. But if they aren’t used correctly, their shipments could be delayed. 

Today, we’re discussing the air waybill; this is the second article in our series investigating bills of lading. We’ve also covered the Inland Bill Of Lading.

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Creating the IATA Dangerous Goods Form

Lisa Nemer | August 8, 2017 | Dangerous Goods/Hazmat, Export Forms, Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If your item is considered a Dangerous Good (DG) by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), you can prepare the proper documents for your air shipment using Shipping Solutions export documentation software.

Last week’s blog post discussed how to enter your DG information into the Shipping Solutions software. Today I describe how to use that information to quickly and accurately create the IATA Dangerous Goods form for an air shipment.

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Presenting a Full Set of Ocean Bills of Lading Under a Letter of Credit

Roy Becker | August 7, 2017 | Letters of Credit, Export Forms

Letters of credit often call for export documents with interesting conditions, such as the presentation of a "full set of ocean bills of lading." In order to present a full set of documents, you must first know what comprises a full set.

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Get the Latest NAFTA Certificate of Origin

Lisa Nemer | August 2, 2017 | NAFTA, Shipping Solutions News & Tips

The expiration date in the upper-right corner of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin has been a bit of a moving target lately. However, it seems that the political dust has settled enough for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to push the date out to April 30, 2020.

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Export Shipments vs. Domestic Shipments: Understanding the Differences

Arnesh Roy | August 1, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Compliance, Export Basics, Export Forms

Before companies get started shipping internationally, they likely have some experience shipping domestically. But exporters should beware, as there are unique considerations to take into account when making an export shipment that don’t apply to domestic shipments.

Additional paperwork, modifications to some of the documents, compliance with U.S. export regulations, and compliance with the requirements of the customs authority of the country of import are all factors unique to exporting.

Today’s article discusses the major differences between export shipments and domestic shipments, and what new exporters should keep in mind before they start selling products overseas.

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Using the Right Tools to Create Your Export Documents

David Noah | July 31, 2017 | Export Forms

When I was a boy, my dad found a reel push mower at a garage sale for a couple bucks. "Eureka!" he said to me. "Now we'll save a bunch of money cutting the grass."

Please reread the first sentence. My dad didn’t replace the toy lawn mower I was using to cut our yard with a “real” lawn mower. My dad replaced the gas-powered lawn mower I used with a “reel” mower, which manually spins a set of blades to cut the grass as you push it across the yard.

Sure, it didn’t require any gas (which, in 1970, averaged 36-cents per gallon). Instead it relied on the power of a weak and whiny nine-year-old to push the mower, which spun the blades, which cut the grass.

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Standard vs. Routed Export Shipment: What's the Difference?

David Noah | July 26, 2017 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

I recently got a call from someone trying to gain a better understanding of the differences between standard and routed export shipments (also called routed export transactions) and how responsibilities change when dealing with routed export shipments. 

Then, I got another call, and then an email or two, and so on—so perhaps you have these questions as well. If you’re curious about the differences, this explanation is for you.

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