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Converting from Shipping Solutions Version 6 or 7 (Video)

8/4/15 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If you are still using Shipping Solutions export software version 6 or 7, your software is getting precariously out of date. Shipping Solutions versions 8 and 9 were released in September 2012, and we've had eight updates since then!

Just to clarify, Classic 6 became Classic 8, and Professional 7 became Profession 9.  You will find your version number on the main screen under the Shipping Solutions logo.

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3 Letter of Credit Lessons That Will Help You Avoid an Export Disaster

8/3/15 9:30 AM | Roy Becker | Letters of Credit

One of the core tenets of an export transaction is that your documents must comply with the terms specified in the bank’s letter of credit. Even one small discrepancy can give the buyer license to delay or refuse payment—even if the goods meet specifications. These are the rules detailed in the Articles of the Uniform Customs and Practice (UCP).

Here’s a true story of how a buyer of pool cues gamed the system to delay payments to the manufacturer in Taiwan. But it was the factory that got the last laugh when it shipped the late-paying buyer a box of tree branches instead of cues!

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Promoting Export and Job Growth through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

7/29/15 2:00 PM | David Noah | Free Trade Agreements

Who knew that getting onto the grounds of the White House would be infinitely easier than getting from Minneapolis to Washington, DC?

But after sitting on the tarmac for seven hours—first for engine repairs and then for weather, watching a mini-revolt by airline flight attendants, and waiting for a replacement pilot and co-pilot to arrive, I was pleasantly surprised by how relatively fast and easy it was to get through White House security so I could attend a White House Business Council briefing on international trade.

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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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