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Shipping Solutions Export Software Versions 9.13 and 8.13 Now Available

Lisa Nemer | October 29, 2018 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips

Shipping Solutions export software is pleased to announce the release of Professional version 9.13 and Classic version 8.13.

If you are an active Annual Maintenance Program (AMP) subscriber, you can download the update from the AMP website.

The new versions include the following enhancements and fixes.

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10 Terms You Need to Know When Determining Export Compliance

David Noah | October 24, 2018 | Export Compliance

Export compliance isn’t one big thing—it’s a million little things. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have a solid understanding of the the components; if you miss one, you could set off a chain reaction.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, by making sure you thoroughly understand these 10 terms, you can save yourself a lot of trouble (and potentially, a lot of money).

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Export Compliance: Using the Proper Value on a Commercial Invoice

Catherine J. Petersen | October 22, 2018 | Export Forms, Export Compliance

Whenever you work on an export transaction, there are dozens of steps you must follow to successfully complete the process. One of these steps is issuing a commercial invoice. That is true whether your firm sells hundreds, thousands or millions of dollars worth of merchandise.

Occasionally, you may have a customer who requests that you ignore export compliance regulations and alter the invoice value to allow them to save money on import duties.

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Export License Determination: Understanding Reasons for Control and License Exceptions

Arnesh Roy | October 17, 2018 | Export Compliance

Does my product require an export license? That's a question you should ask before every export.

In order to find the answer, you first need to answer two preliminary questions:

  • What is the Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) of the product?
  • What is the destination country?

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Export Finance: Why Does It Take So Long to Get Paid?

Chris Lidberg | October 15, 2018 | Export Finance

You have shipped your product, payment is due, and the buyer claims they have made payment. As far as you can see, however, nothing has happened.

Does this sound familiar? I hope not, but if it does, let’s take a look at what might be causing the delay.

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What Is an Authorized Economic Operator?

David Noah | October 10, 2018 | Export Basics, Import Basics

I sometimes get calls from exporters who have been asked by their international customers for their AEO number for import customs clearance.

The calls are all very similar:

What is an AEO code, and how do I find out what ours is?

My short answer:

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Trade Wars Explained: How the 2018 Tariffs Are Affecting Us (Infographic)

David Noah | October 8, 2018 | Export Basics

Whatever you think about President Donald Trump's trade agenda, there's no denying that 2018 has been an unusual year for international trade.

We've seen new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports (with some on-again, off-again exemptions); renegotiation of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, soon to be known as USMCA—The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement); imposition of broad new tariffs against China (and vice versa); and a whole lot of heated rhetoric. It's hard to keep track of all the changes!

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What Happened to the U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel?

Lisa Nemer | October 3, 2018 | Shipping Solutions News & Tips, Export Forms

For years, many exporters to Israel needed to complete the U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel. It was one of the few export forms that the Shipping Solutions export documentation software couldn't print out on plain paper.

That's because the Israeli government required that the Certificate of Origin (COO) be printed on their official green form. We weren't allowed to create a similar form in Shipping Solutions, but we did create a “data only” form that printed everything in the correct spot on the official form.

But beginning with Shipping Solutions Professional version 9.13 and Shipping Solutions Classic 8.13, the Israeli Certificate of Origin form went away. What happened?

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Know the Risks of Using a Documentary Collection When Exporting

Roy Becker | October 1, 2018 | Export Finance

A documentary collection works well for many export transactions and provides a measure of security for both importers and exporters.

It provides security to buyers since they do not have to pay until they have documents, which provide proof of shipment. It also provides security to sellers since the buyer cannot receive the goods until he pays for them. Therefore, title to the goods remains with the seller until the buyer pays.

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3 Key Steps for Surviving an Export Compliance Audit

David Noah | September 26, 2018 | Export Compliance

Are you ready and waiting for your next export compliance audit?

“Now, that’s a dumb question,” you might be thinking. “No one wants—much less eagerly awaits—the imposing entry of Office of Export Enforcement officials into their offices.”

And of course, you’re right! While you certainly don’t look forward to an export compliance audit, it’s absolutely something you should prepare for.

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