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How to Choose the Right Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder

12/17/14 8:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics

New Year’s Day is right around the corner—and if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about what changes you’re going to make to improve your business in 2015.

As you evaluate what’s worked and what hasn’t, don’t forget to consider how partnerships with your customs broker and freight forwarder have added value to your company in the last year. If you’re not sure if you’re in a mutually beneficial relationship or if you should look elsewhere, ask yourself these six questions:

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How to Complete a U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel

12/16/14 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

We at Shipping Solutions like to promote the fact that our export documents can be printed with a regular printer on plain paper. There is, however, one exception: the U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel.

The Israeli government requires that the Certificate of Origin be printed on their official green form. We are not allowed to create a similar form in Shipping Solutions, but we do have a “data only” form that will print everything in the correct spot on the official form.

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The Hidden Expiration Date on Every Export Letter of Credit

12/15/14 11:37 AM | Roy Becker | Letters of Credit, Export Basics

The International rules for letters of credit, known as the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP), state, “A credit must state an expiry date for presentation” (Article 6 d). It is relatively easy to find the expiry date in the letter of credit.

However, another date equal in importance is referred to as the last date for presentation. The presentation period—the window of time in which the exporter must present documents—is tied to the ship date as indicated in the original transport document.

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What Is the Destination Control Statement and Why Should It Be on Your Commercial Invoice?

12/10/14 9:30 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, Export Basics

The Destination Control Statement is a legal statement required by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) stating that the goods you are exporting are destined to the country indicated in all the shipping documents. It is a necessary legal boundary clarifying what happens to shipments, and it essentially states that the buyer isn’t going to take the goods and forward them to another country.

A Destination Control Statement is required on invoices, bills of lading, air waybills, and any other export control document that accompanies the merchandise from the U.S. to its ultimate destination abroad.

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Shipping Solutions Export Compliance Module (Video)

12/9/14 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

One of the best reasons to renew your Shipping Solutions Annual Maintenance Program subscription is that it gives you access to the Export Compliance Module, which can be an important part of your company's Export Compliance Plan. If you are ever audited by the Office of Export Enforcement, the FBI, or any other agency with export enforcement responsibilities, proof of an export compliance program will be a strong mitigating factor against penalties.

Watch the four minute video below to see how Shipping Solutions Professional can contribute to your company's compliance with U.S. export regulations.

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3 Major International Marketing Mistakes to Miss

12/8/14 8:17 AM | Becky DeStigter | Export Marketing, Export Strategies

When I meet with new clients, I normally review their current international marketing and operations. Oftentimes I find the same core issues that hold companies back from reaching their potential.

Here is what I find:

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Six Steps to Success for Exporting during Chinese New Year

12/3/14 8:57 AM | David Noah | Export Strategies

新年快乐

Even if you can’t read the above characters, there’s a good chance their meaning is significant to you. The translation, “Happy Chinese New Year,” is a greeting shared by more than 1.3 billion Chinese citizens and millions of others across the globe who celebrate the holiday.

Chinese New Year has a significant impact on exporters because Chinese factories, ports and many other businesses in China actually close down during the holiday. Territories with significant Chinese populations, including Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines are also affected by the holiday; production and manpower come to a halt, slowing down international trade as well.

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Shipping Solutions User Names and Passwords

12/2/14 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

User names and passwords are an annoying but necessary part of life. You need a user name and password to access social media, your bank account, and your kids’ school records. Shipping Solutions is no different. Below is a description of the various user names and passwords associated with Shipping Solutions.

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The Art and Science of Packing a Shipping Container—Part 2

12/1/14 10:25 AM | Robert Smith | Logistics

Once you've gone through the hard work of getting an export shipment produced and the documentation all in order, some may treat the actual packing of the shipping container to be less critical.

In Part 1 of this series of articles, I described the important things to consider before you even begin loading a shipping container. In this article, I’ll discuss the art and science of readying your container for its voyage.

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What the Heck Is a Routed Export Transaction?

11/24/14 7:48 AM | David Noah | Export Basics

A routed export transaction occurs when a foreign purchaser, or foreign principal party in interest (FPPI), requests to have their merchandise delivered to another location within the United States. The merchandise is retrieved by a freight forwarder or other agent who has been contracted by the foreign purchaser to export the merchandise from the United States.

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