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The Beginner's Guide to the Shipper's Letter of Instruction

10/15/14 7:00 AM | David Noah | Export Basics, Export Forms (Export Documents)

The golden glow of an early autumn sunset shone through my kitchen window. The smell of pumpkin bread wafted through the kitchen, and I quickly removed it from the oven as the timer buzzed. Eagerly, I took a knife, cut a thick slice of the bread, covered it with a pat of butter, and took a big bite.

And then, I spit it out.

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Installing Shipping Solutions

10/14/14 1:00 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

For years Shipping Solutions used a Microsoft Access database to store all of your contacts, products and shipments. In the fourth quarter of 2012 with the release of Shipping Solutions Classic 8 and Professional 9, we moved to a Microsoft SQL Server database. When you purchase Shipping Solutions for the first time or upgrade from version 7 or earlier, we will send you the software on CD-ROM.

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5 Reasons You Need a Shipper’s Letter of Instruction for Your Exports

10/13/14 8:30 AM | Catherine J. Petersen | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics, Export Forms (Export Documents)

When it comes to preparing export paperwork, the Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) is one document that many exporters are unexplainably reluctant to prepare. They shouldn’t be.

By completing an SLI and sending it to the freight forwarder, you are establishing a best practice for your firm. You have a written record of who received the shipping documents, who to contact for questions, who to contact for proof of export, and who issued the export control documentation that supports the decision to send your products to your foreign customer.

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Filing through the Automated Export System with Custom Software

10/8/14 1:09 PM | David Noah | Automated Export System (AES)

Filing through the Automated Export System can be a tedious experience.

That's no secret. While there is software you can download from the AES website to help you complete the process, you still have the challenge of making sure you've got everything entered correctly. And don't forget you also need to complete all your export forms that include much of this same information! 

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NAFTA Certificate of Origin Still Valid

10/7/14 3:32 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

If you use the NAFTA Certificate of Origin, you may have noticed in the upper right corner it says “Exp. 08-31-2014.” According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, this version of the form is still current and valid. Click here to see the notice on their website.

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Former School Teacher Exports from Storage Shed

10/6/14 8:11 AM | Roy Becker | Export Basics

I have had the fortunate opportunity to teach classes in Colorado at the World Trade Center Denver. While participants often provide positive feedback during or immediately after a session, few take time later to write a thank you note.

Recently, I received a very nice thank you note from a participant after teaching a class in the Basics of Exporting series. Since she took time to write a considerate note, I called to thank her. Our conversation led to a discussion of her business.

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Think You Know about the Inland Bill of Lading Form? Take This Quiz!

10/1/14 9:00 AM | David Noah | Export Forms (Export Documents)

It’s time for a pop quiz! This quiz won’t be for a grade, but it will give you a good idea of how well you understanding the basic ideas behind the Inland Bill of Lading. Let’s get started!

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AES Changes Fully Enforceable on October 3, 2014

9/30/14 6:08 PM | Lisa Nemer | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Starting on October 3, 2014, the AES regulations that were effective on April 15 become fully enforceable, which means the U.S. Census Bureau can start issuing penalties if you aren’t reporting the new data elements introduced earlier this year through the Automated Export System (AES).

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The Potential Disastrous Consequences of Mislabeling Your Dangerous Goods

9/29/14 9:41 AM | Robert Smith | Automated Export System (AES), Dangerous Goods, Hazmat Shipping

What’s in a name? When it comes to properly identifying dangerous goods, lots!

There are approximately 3,000 regulated articles and substances listed with an internationally accepted Proper Shipping Name (PSN) and a specific four-digit number associated with each one. With so many to choose from it’s critical that you, the shipper, get it right. If you don’t, the consequences could be catastrophic.

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6 Reasons You Shouldn't Rely on Your Freight Forwarder to Complete a NAFTA Certificate of Origin

9/24/14 8:30 AM | David Noah | Export Compliance, NAFTA, Export Forms (Export Documents)

“Knock Knock.”

“Who’s There?”

“Department of Homeland Security.”


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