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Category: Global Logistics

Proper Tariff Classification – A Vital Part of Customs Compliance

Also listed in: Canada Logistics

Every product entering or leaving the U.S. must have a tariff classification code. It’s a number that identifies the product at a glance. Seems simple, right? It’s part of the Harmonized System with pretty much the whole world in compliance. The problem is that it’s not always easy to determine exactly which one of 9,000+ tariff classification codes applies to a given product. Get it wrong and the border becomes a blockade. Or, worse, you’ve left reduced tariffs on the table due to trade agreements. Or, equally as unpleasant, you just plain overpaid and don’t even know it. Download the new white paper Proper Tariff Classification – A Vital Part of Customs Compliance to help your business better understand the classification system and its role in ensuring proper compliance.

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Blockchain for Supply Chain: Ghost in the Machine or Breakthrough Technology?

Also listed in: Global Trade, Logistics IT

Blockchain - everyone is talking about it. You hear about it all over the news and probably in your workplace and social circles too, but what is it exactly and how can it be used for global trade management? While blockchain is still a developing technology, there is promise for its application in the supply chain. This white paper explores how blockchain could assist with regulatory compliance and product testing;
serve as a solution for activities like placing a purchase order, cutting a bill of lading, or negotiating a letter of credit; potentially be used for a combination of development, licensing, and/or transactional fees; and enhance transactional integrity, augment financial auditing, and improve operational effectiveness.


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Trade Trends Report: 2017 Survey on Sourcing, Trade and e-Commerce 

Also listed in: E-Commerce, Global Trade

2017 was a year of great disruption in global trade, and Amber Road and AAEI’s survey on sourcing, trade and e-commerce highlights just that. To respond to these market forces, companies need to re-engineer processes and supporting systems to achieve a totally new level of agility. This digital white paper identifies the primary challenges and strategies to proactively prepare. Main highlights include how e-commerce continues to wipe out brick and mortar stores resulting in an upsurge of online sales; the challenges in today's global supply chain, including speed-to-market, disruptions, and utilization of FTAs; how sourcing establishes itself at the core of global supply chains; and top concerns for 2018.


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Understanding Customs: Anti-Dumping and Countervailing

Also listed in: Global Trade

The current administration has made it clear that "dumping the exporting of goods and manufactured materials into the United States at below fair-trade value will not be tolerated." As a result, more importers will be caught with unwelcome tariffs that may double the cost of items imported. The responsibility for dumping tariffs will fall on the importer, so it's critical to partner with a logistics provider that has the resources, experience, and customs expertise to navigate these sometimes very tricky waters. Download this whitepaper to understand the subject, and determine your potential liability.

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Strategies to Build a More Efficient Automotive Supply Chain in China

Also listed in: Global Trade

China represents tremendous opportunities for automakers and the companies that serve them. There are specific qualities that companies should seek in a qualified logistics provider to grasp their best opportunities. This whitepaper explains the top logistics challenges for the automotive industry in China, and how logistics providers can support automotive companies in China.

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Mexico: The New Industrial 'Nearshore' Special Report

Also listed in: Global Trade

For more than a generation, China was the destination of choice for offshore industrial manufacturing due to an abundant, low-cost labor pool, cheap oil, and low production costs. But that's changed. Rising wages and real estate costs in China, increases in oil prices, the delays inherent to transpacific shipping, and even shutdowns and logjams at U.S. seaports forced some manufacturers to look elsewhere. They turned to Mexico, a market that is the third-largest U.S. trade partner.

Wide Open: How the Panama Canal Expansion is Redrawing the Logistics Map 

Also listed in: Global Trade

How will the Panama Canal expansion in 2016 impact logistics? You'll find the answers in this new whitepaper, published by C.H. Robinson in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group. Among the paper's conclusions: The expansion could shift 10 percent of container traffic between East Asia and the United States from West Coast ports to East Coast ports; the battleground on which U.S. ports compete for customers will move several hundred miles west, to a region that accounts for more than 15 percent of GDP; and shippers and carriers will have to adapt their strategies and operations as logistics grow more complex.

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Gearing Up For Petrochemical Export Growth in North America

Also listed in: Chemical Logistics

With plastics export set to triple in the United States by 2020, petrochemical producers need additional storage and transportation capacity to accommodate this growth. This whitepaper offers in-depth analysis into additional storage capacity needed along the supply chain and at ports, and how producers plan to collaborate with stakeholders across the supply chain. It also provides tangible solutions to help companies overcome pressing issues such as storage and transportation capacity, and new infrastructure requirements.

Cost Model Analysis an Essential Step Toward Mexico Manufacturing Success

Also listed in: Global Trade

Manufacturers in the process of selecting new locations in Mexico for their operations need a full understanding of costs to take advantage of the benefits of manufacturing in the country. This whitepaper covers: the benefits of a cost model, an overview of elements included in a cost model and insight into the types of costs manufacturers should plan for, insight into true costs in Mexico, the importance of customizing each cost model, and a review of the factors that make Mexico cost-advantageous compared to other global manufacturing locations.

Demand Planning Innovations in Emerging Markets

Also listed in: Global Trade

Planning in emerging markets is both a risk and opportunity, but too many companies deploy the same techniques and systems as they would in a home market. This is a risk due to poor data availability, increased demand and supply variability and less reliable infrastructure and supplies. In emerging markets, there exist opportunities in demand planning due to a lack of "legacy" systems and processes, and plenty of quick wins when simple best practices are applied.

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