Kari Crane

Kari Crane

Kari Crane is the editor of Passages: The International Trade Blog. Kari joined Shipping Solutions after working as an editor, writer and designer at a major market newspaper in Texas. Kari has spent her career finding different ways to tell stories and make complex topics easy-to-understand, so she loves helping importers and exporters understand how to navigate the complex world of international trade.

On: February 19, 2024     By: Kari Crane

How to Identify and Apply FTA Rules of Origin

Unlocking the benefits of free trade agreements (FTAs) often hinges on one crucial factor: rules of origin (ROOs). But their complexity often holds companies back. This article is your guide to understanding, locating and applying ROOs to your products.

On: February 14, 2024     By: Kari Crane

Create a Bank Draft to Get Paid for Your Exports

If you're concerned about securing payment for your international exports, bank drafts offer a layer of trust and protection, especially when dealing with unfamiliar clients or regions. This article explains how they work, benefits for exporters, and how to use them with letters of credit and documentary collections.

On: February 5, 2024     By: Kari Crane

How to Determine Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Rates

Leveraging free trade agreements (FTAs) can improve your bottom line and open up market access. When determining if your goods qualify for preferential treatment—and if using an FTA is worth the effort—the first step is finding the tariff rate for your goods using the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

On: December 11, 2023     By: Kari Crane

What Is a Certificate of Analysis?

Especially in the pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries, you might need to include a certificate of analysis (COA) with your export documents. Learn who needs one, how to create one and the essential information it should contain—along with the consequences of noncompliance.

On: October 23, 2023     By: Kari Crane

Lacey Act Compliance: A Guide for Importers

If you import goods that contain paper, wood or plant-based materials, you may need to file a Lacey Act declaration. And later this year even more products will fall under the jurisdiction of the Lacey Act. Learn about its purpose, enforcement and how to meet your compliance responsibilities.


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