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13 Essential LinkedIn Groups for Exporters

5/27/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Marketing, Export Basics

How often do you pass out business cards? Those ubiquitous 3.5-by-2-inch pieces of paper are becoming more and more rare—the internet has made it easy for people in any country and in any industry to network while in their pajamas.

Thanks to online professional networks like LinkedIn, exporters can reach out to customers, find new markets, converse with industry peers, and even get answers to the toughest export-related questions… all without even speaking a word!

Here are 13 essential LinkedIn groups you can use to network, increase your knowledge, and interact with customers.

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Update Available for the NAFTA Certificate of Origin

5/26/15 2:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated the NAFTA Certificate of Origin to show a new expiration date and to include contact email addresses, and we have an update to Shipping Solutions available on the Annual Maintenance Program (AMP) website with the new form.

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U.S.-Chile FTA Certificate of Origin Form

5/26/15 8:08 AM | Sue Senger | Free Trade Agreements

U.S. exporters whose products qualify under the new U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Rules of Origin may provide their Chilean customers considerable savings. This article addresses the written declaration necessary for the Chilean buyer to claim free or reduced rates of duty.

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13 Useful Websites for Export Documentation & Promotion Help

5/20/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics

In a previous article, I discussed eight valuable resources you should be using to complete your export documentation. That article got me thinking: there’s an understated, incredibly valuable resource that’s available to all exporters in the United States—for free!

In fact, it’s not just one single place; the U.S. government has a wealth of knowledge packed in their various trade and export-related websites. Here are several websites that can help you get a better understanding of various topics of interest to exporters.

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Shipping Solutions Versions 9.08 and 8.08 Now Available

5/19/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips
Shipping Solutions is pleased to announce the release of Professional Version 9.08 and Classic Version 8.08. If you are an active Annual Maintenance Program (AMP) subscriber, you can download the update from the AMP website.


Read on to find out what's new!

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Has the KORUS Been Singing In Harmony?

5/19/15 9:20 AM | John Goodrich | Export Compliance, Free Trade Agreements

The U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement, often referred to as KORUS, has been in force since mid-March of 2012. Has the KORUS been singing in harmony?

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3 Key Steps for Planning for an Export Compliance Audit

5/13/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, Export Strategies, Export Basics

Are you ready and waiting for your next export compliance audit?

“Now, that’s a dumb question,” you might be thinking. “No one wants—much less eagerly awaits—the imposing entry of Office of Export Enforcement officials into their offices.”

And of course, you’re right! While you certainly don’t look forward to an export compliance audit, it’s absolutely something you should prepare for.

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Rearranging the Line Items on Your Export Forms

5/12/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Even if you are an avid Shipping Solutions export software user, there may be a couple of buttons you haven’t noticed that might help you save time, especially if you have a lot of line items on your shipments.

To find these little-known buttons, go to the EZ Start tab and click on the Product Detail screen. On the toolbar look for the Search Line Items and Reorder Line Items buttons.

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Incoterms 2010 Freight and Associated Charges—Part 1: Who Is Responsible?

5/11/15 1:26 PM | Roberto Bergami | Incoterms

A fundamental aspect of any sale of goods transaction is costing the product accurately. This equally applies to both the seller and the buyer. In this three part series, I will be discussing the responsibilities of the seller and buyer in relation to freight and associated charges in accordance with the Incoterms® 2010.

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I'm Not a Bull Fighter, so Why Should I Worry about Red Flags?

5/6/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Regulations, Export Compliance, Export Basics

If your idea of a red flag revolves around a conquistador and a bull, I hate to tell you this—the myth that bulls charge at red flags has been debunked. (In the popular series Mythbusters, it was proven that the bull is actually lured by the waving of the flag more than the color.)

So, if bullfighters don’t need to worry about red flags, who does?

You do.

Exporters, you must know what a red flag is, why it’s important, and what U.S. export regulations say your responsibilities are regarding red flags. This will help:

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