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The Golden Rule of Export Compliance: Don't Let This Happen to You!

9/30/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, Export Basics

Far too often we hear from exporters who say they’re not too worried about export compliance because their company is “too small to be noticed” or they “don’t ship items that will get them in trouble.”

This is a huge—and potentially incriminating—mistake.

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Shipping Solutions Export Software Shipment Details

9/29/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Sometimes you use a software package every day, think you know everything there is to know about it, and then one day you see something you’ve never noticed before! That could be the case with the Shipment Details box located in the lower-right corner of the Shipping Solutions export software's EZ Start screen.

There are two buttons in the Shipment Details box: one gives you information and one gives you power.

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5 Steps for Staying Compliant with U.S. Sanctions against Russia

9/28/15 10:00 AM | Renee Roe | Export Compliance

Export compliance can be tricky. As David Noah mentioned in his blog post, Checking Lists Isn't Enough for Export Compliance, there’s no one single place you can reference to make sure you’re avoiding exporting to people or countries illegally. This is certainly the case with the U.S. sanctions against Russia for their actions against Ukraine.

Although the U.S. government has been regularly updating the Russia sanctions since 2014, and issuing advisories as recently as July, they have provided little guidance on exactly how industry is supposed to successfully meet the requirements of the sanctions.

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Important Changes Coming for AES Filing

9/22/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Automated Export System (AES), Shipping Solutions News & Tips

“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”

“Change is inevitable, progress is optional.”

“Don’t make change too complicated, just begin.”

With these quotes about change in mind, it’s time to talk about the changes coming to the Automated Export System (AES) and the filing of your Electronic Export Information (EEI).

Starting in 2016 you will need to access AESDirect through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

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8 Free Resources for Training Exporters

9/16/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics, Training

Becoming an exporter is easier than ever, but doing it the right way is still hard. That’s why successful exporters understand just how important it is to train key members of their staff on various aspects of the process—from marketing and sales, to export compliance and regulations, to export documentation.

A quality training program is usually a great value that will pay off in spades, making you and your team better exporters (and keeping you out of jail). However, due to travel demands or schedules, it’s not always realistic to attend conferences or training sessions. In fact, some smaller companies may not even have a budget for training. That’s OK! You don’t have to spend big bucks to make sure your team is adequately trained. Here are eight free resources that will help you go from Accidental Exporter to Export Professional.

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Getting Started with Shipping Solutions Export Software

9/15/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If you are brand new to Shipping Solutions you may be thinking, “How do I get started?” Well, we have several resources to help get up to speed with your new software.

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Export Marketing Strategies: To Adapt or Not to Adapt?

9/14/15 9:58 AM | Prema Nakra | Export Marketing, Export Strategies

Exporting is the most traditional and well-established form of market entry strategies. Simply stated, exporting refers to the marketing of goods produced in one country into another. While exporting requires no direct manufacturing in a foreign country, successful exporting warrants a need for significant investments in marketing-related initiatives. Done right it can be an expensive but lucrative proposition.

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5 Things to Include on Your Annual Export Checklist

9/9/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, Export Basics

An important part of building and managing a successful export company is paying attention to how well the processes and procedures of the company are working. What you learn from periodically reviewing these things will give you insight into what is working well and what you may want to consider changing. (And, it’s equally important to note that regulations require exporters and importers to keep records of the activities that caused the record to be created.)

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Making the Most of the Print Button

9/8/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Although it’s just a tiny button at the top of the EZ Start screen, clicking Preview/Print/Email takes you to one of the most important and most used screens in all of the Shipping Solutions software. So, let’s make sure you know everything there is to know about it!

Below is a description of the various features on the Preview/Print/Email screen.

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Defining and Using a Manufacturer’s Affidavit — Part 2

9/8/15 8:54 AM | Catherine J. Petersen | Import Basics

If you and your company are involved in international trade, at some point you may have U.S. origin products that must be returned to your facility. U.S. exporters are often surprised that they must follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) requirements for the return of goods from their international customers.

"It should be simple," they often say. "The customer is just sending back something they don’t need, or the product must be repaired."

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