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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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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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USMCA Certificate of Origin Filling Software and How to Complete It

David Noah | July 1, 2020 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

If you spend any time on the web (and who doesn't), I think you can relate to one of my pet peeves. It seems like every website I visit wants a unique password and username—one I have to either memorize or write down, so I can refer to it each time I log in.

If you don’t have that information handy, or you’re working on a different computer (say, a laptop vs. your desktop), you have to reset your password.

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

Catherine J. Petersen | June 29, 2020 | 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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The Export Shipping Documentation Process

David Noah | June 3, 2020 | Export Basics, Export Forms

In a previous article, I explained the purpose of several common export documents and the information they typically include. This article expands on that discussion and explains how to use them in the export shipping documentation process.

Here’s how they work together:

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6 Reasons Exporters Are Frustrated with Their ERP's Export Module

David Noah | May 26, 2020 | Export Compliance, Export Forms

Our office occasionally fields calls from people who are looking at our Shipping Solutions software as a short-term solution for their export documents while they are implementing their organization’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) export modules.

The concerned callers on the other end of the phone are worried about how long their ERP trade/export modules are taking to implement, and they see our software as an affordable bridge, making their export departments more efficient.

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3 Things You Need to Know about the Bill of Lading Form

David Noah | May 13, 2020 | Export Forms

Are you a new exporter looking for a primer on bills of lading? Or maybe you’re at the opposite end of the spectrum—a seasoned professional seeking a reference or training tool.

Either way, this article is for you! We’ll explain, in simple terms, three things you need to know about the bill of lading form.

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8 Documents Required for International Shipping

David Noah | May 4, 2020 | Export Forms

You’ve heard people talk about how to do the sexy part of exporting—the research, the schmoozing, the travel, and all the marketing and sales stuff that people think about when they think about the glamour of international trade.

But what I want to talk about is the not-so-sexy part of exporting: documents required for international shipping. It’s the stuff you need to do—and do correctly—to successfully deliver goods and make money. I’d argue that this not-so-sexy part of exporting is more important than the sexier side, but maybe that’s just because it’s what I’ve been focusing on for the past 22 years. 

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6 Reasons Not to Use Word Templates for Your Export Documents

David Noah | April 27, 2020 | Export Forms

In Minnesota, you go out of your way to celebrate the end of winter, because up here, it lasts a very long time.

The first snow of the season fell in Minnesota on October 3, 2019. And the last winter storm (at least I hope it's the last) dumped 10 inches of snow in the state on April 12, 2020.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the end of winter is by grilling in the backyard.

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