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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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How to Create an Export Packing List (Video)

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

The Packing List is an optional export document that shows what was included in the shipment when it left the exporter's facility. It usually includes the weight, measurements and piece count of the packages included in the shipment.

The Shipping Solutions Packing List is a little different than our other documents. Before the Packing List will print your shipment line items, not only do you actually have to pack the goods in one or more packages, but you need to "pack" those items in the software too.

Watch this four minute video to learn how to create a Packing List using Shipping Solutions export document and compliance software.

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Using a Letter of Credit in an Organ Transplant

5/4/15 10:50 AM | Roy Becker | Export Finance, Letters of Credit

I received a call from the administrator of the University of Colorado (CU) Health Sciences Center. He said they had a patient from Italy on whom the Health Sciences Center would perform an organ transplant.

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Checking Lists Isn't Enough for Export Compliance... Here's Why

4/29/15 10:00 AM | David Noah | Export Regulations, Export Compliance

We’d spent the last seven hours driving to the North Woods, and then took a couple of hours to trek into the forest. We'd just finished setting up camp when the first sign of trouble—an ominous wall of grey and flashes of lightning—appeared. Not five minutes later, fireworks of lightning exploded overhead, thunder roared, and rain began to flood our campsite.

In the belly of the forest, we rushed to pack up and seek shelter in the car. Our headlight beams pierced the dense grove of trees, but the rain and the darkness seemed to suck us in—every direction looked the same, and the tire tracks we’d left were quickly washed away.

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