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When to Use a Certificate of Origin Form for Your Export Shipments

David Noah | August 12, 2020 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

The certificate of origin is a document issued by an exporter that confirms and certifies the country of origin of its products.

Alternatively, it might be a separate letter or form that incorporates a statement indicating the country of origin is as stated on the commercial invoice and certifies the document is true and correct; it is then signed by the exporter’s employee.

It is issued by the exporter, stamped by a Chamber of Commerce, and supported by a commercial invoice declaring the same information.

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House Bill of Lading vs. Master Bill of Lading

Arnesh Roy | August 10, 2020 | Export Forms

If you are involved in shipping or logistics, you've probably heard of a master bill of lading and a house bill of lading. But if you're like many of us, you might not understand the difference between the two.

Before we unpack the difference between these two types of bill of lading, it is important to understand what a bill of lading is in general.

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Easy AES Filing with Shipping Solutions Export Software

David Noah | August 5, 2020 | Automated Export System (AES)

Filing through the Automated Export System (AES) can be a tedious experience. That's no secret.

While you can enter your electronic export information (EEI) directly on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) under AESDirect, you must reenter much of the same information that you've already entered on your various export forms.

It's a slow and time-consuming process. And you still have the challenge of making sure you've got everything entered correctly.

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How Will I Get Paid for My Export?

Roy Becker | August 3, 2020 | Export Basics

My business dinner guest sat on the board of directors for a company preparing for their first export sale. This new venture thrilled the gentleman as he anticipated the prospect of the company’s initial entry into Mexico.

We discussed the benefits of the sale and examined some of the logistical details. Since he understood many of the twists and turns, he surprised me when he posed a basic question: "If we put the sale together, how will we get paid?"

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5 Excuses Exporters Should Avoid

David Noah | July 29, 2020 | Export Basics

If this year has taught us anything, it has taught us that even when our lives and our businesses appear to be running smoothly, they can be dramatically disrupted.

While we can probably be forgiven for not anticipating a black swan event like a global pandemic, organizations that have a business disruption or disaster recovery plan in place are often better prepared to respond to heretofore unthinkable problems like implementing new safety protocols, setting up remote work spaces, and managing supply chain disruptions.

On the opposite end of the preparedness spectrum are organizations that choose to ignore potential problems that they should be aware of. Instead their leaders make excuses why the challenges that negatively impact other businesses in their industry won't be a problem for their own company.

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AmChams Advance the Interests of American Businesses Overseas

Joseph A. Robinson | July 27, 2020 | Export Finance

American Chambers of Commerce, traditionally referred to as AmChams, are formed to advance the interests of American overseas businesses through advocacy, information, networking and business support services.

There are currently 118 AmChams in 105 countries affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that strive to develop mutually beneficial social and commercial relations between American companies and those of the host country.

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The Chamber of Commerce and Export Documents: The Certificate of Origin

David Noah | July 22, 2020 | Export Basics, Export Forms

In my first article in this series, I discussed the role chambers of commerce play in exporting.

In this article, I'm focusing on one of the most useful services a chamber of commerce provides to exporters: export documents. Specifically, their role in helping you create a certificate of origin.

We spoke with Wendy Baggett, president and CEO of American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, to find out what exporters need to know about that process.

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Using the Right Certificate of Origin for Your Exports

Catherine J. Petersen | July 20, 2020 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

As an exporter, you are required to provide documents to accompany your international shipments. The number and kinds of documents that you must prepare will vary depending on where, what and how you are shipping.

A certificate of origin (COO) may be one of the export forms you need to produce.

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No, You Probably Don't Need an Export License, But...

David Noah | July 15, 2020 | Export Compliance, Export Basics

I talk to a lot of people who ask me, “How do I get a license to become an exporter?” That makes me nervous for them, because it shows a general lack of knowledge about what’s involved with exporting.

Obviously, not everyone who exports needs an export license. But some exports do, and knowing the difference is an important part of export compliance.

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A Glossary of International Shipping Terms

Arnesh Roy | July 13, 2020 | Export Basics

Shipping products seems simple, right? You simply package the product and send it to your customer. But did you know there are different types of shipment?

Depending on the size of your shipment, it may be considered parcel, less-than-load (LTL), or a full truckload (FTL) shipment. Your shipment may be too small for certain carriers, or conversely, if you have a large shipment, you may have to rely on a carrier certified to be able to ship large containers. There are also unique considerations depending on the mode of transport—whether you’re shipping via air, sea, road, or rail.

The wide variety of terms that relate to the process of moving goods through a supply chain can seem overwhelming. But understanding the different types of shipment and related terms is crucial to ensure your goods get shipped on-time, within compliance, and in good shape.

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