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Understanding the NAFTA Rules of Origin

Sue Senger | May 23, 2018 | NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created to ensure that goods traded among Canada, Mexico and the United States receive preferential tariff treatment. The NAFTA grants benefits and reduces tariffs only on goods that qualify under the NAFTA Rules of Origin.

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

Catherine J. Petersen | May 21, 2018 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Forms

When it comes to preparing export paperwork, the Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI) is one document that many exporters are inexplicably 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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What the Heck Is a Routed Export Transaction?

David Noah | May 16, 2018 | Automated Export System (AES), Export Basics

A routed export transaction occurs when the foreign buyer of the goods contracts with a freight forwarder or other agent to export the merchandise from the United States.

This is in contrast to a standard export transaction in which the seller of the goods arranges the transport of the merchandise out of the country.

Why is this important? Because it impacts who is required to file the electronic export information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) when required by the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

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International Organizations That Play a Role in Importing and Exporting

Arnesh Roy | May 14, 2018 | Import Basics, Export Basics

In an increasingly globalized world, international organizations play an important role in importing and exporting. Their functions include maintaining standards to ensure safety, helping developing countries achieve economic security, and establishing norms regarding how countries make trade agreements and resolve conflicts.

Whether you’re new to international trade or a seasoned veteran, understanding the part that these organizations play is key to clear communication and compliance with both import and export regulations.

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Export Documentation Requirements: Who Should Sign Your Documents

David Noah | May 9, 2018 | Export Compliance, Exporting Basics

“Can anyone at my company sign export documents?”

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U.S. Origin Invoice Declaration for Exports to Israel

David Noah | May 7, 2018 | Export Forms

For years, exports from the United States to Israel would include the green U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel form if the goods qualified under the rules of origin of the free trade agreement (FTA). As of April 1, 2018, not only is that form no longer required—it is no longer allowed.

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5 Reasons to Invest in Export Software—Reason 3: Improve Accuracy (video)

Arnesh Roy | May 2, 2018 | Export Forms, Exporting Basics

Nothing slows down your export shipments, or worse yet, getting paid for your export shipments, more than mistakes on your documents.

Inconsistencies between documents, incorrect shipment payment terms, improper product classifications, or many other potential errors can occur when each of the export documents are created manually.

Fortunately, there's a better way.

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Importing Your Customers and Products into Shipping Solutions Export Documentation Software

Lisa Nemer | May 1, 2018 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Shipping Solutions export documentation and compliance software allows you to store your customer and product information in the software's databases, so you don't have to type the addresses and product detail over and over again.

If you have the information in another source, such as an ERP system or Excel spreadsheet, you can import the information using the Import utility rather than typing the addresses and product detail by hand.

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7 Factors for Determining the Right Method of Payment for Your Exports

Roy Becker | April 30, 2018 | Export Finance

Importers and exporters often ask, "What is the best method of payment for international shipments?

Many bankers answer, "Letters of credit." This is a self-serving answer. Of all the methods, letters of credit generate the most fee income for a bank. 

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The Challenge Exporters Face in Complying with Free Trade Agreements

David Noah | April 25, 2018 | Free Trade Agreements

When exporters download our free export forms, I am often asked the question: What is the appropriate way to fill out a certificate of origin (COO) if the exporter isn’t the producer of the goods?

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