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Ben Bidwell — Director of U.S. Customs

Ben joined C.H. Robinson in 2004 and became a Licensed Customs House Broker in 2007. Ben has consulted and resolved a wide range of Customs disputes for clients involving classification, country of origin, marking violations, seizures, and protests and for products ranging from hospitality goods, automobile tires, apparel and textiles, toys, and other consumer retail goods. Ben is director of U.S. Customs and is located in C.H. Robinson’s Corporate Headquarters.

China, Tariffs, and Trade Policy. What’s Going On?

China, Tariffs, and Trade Policy. What’s Going On? | C.H. Robinson

If changes in trade policy have been giving you and your team whiplash lately, you’re not alone. A lot has happened recently on the global stage, and there is a lot to sift through. We compiled some of the top concerns we hear from customers. Read this summary, and consider how you will manage potential disruptions to your supply chain as developments continue to unfold. 
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Red Alert! A Customs Audit May Be Closer Than You Think

A Customs Audit May Be Closer Than You Think | Transportfolio

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is stepping up enforcement of import trade compliance. As more and more companies are experiencing a Focused Assessment, you have to wonder whether your company might be next. Here’s a primer on who’s likely to be audited, and what you should do before, during, and after a visit from CBP.
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Global Logistics and Trade Programs: An Update on GSP and C-TPAT

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Updates and adjustments to global trade programs have been capturing headlines and creating uncertainty for several months. Even with NAFTA negotiations moving into 2018, there are still other possible global trade updates on the horizon that shippers should keep an eye on. Here’s a brief check-in on two important global trade programs that are on the cusp of potential change.
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Countdown to Black Friday: 2 Tips to Help Ease the Customs Process

Countdown to Black Friday: 2 Tips to Help Ease the Customs Process.Transportfolio

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As consumers eagerly anticipate the Black Friday deals that are only weeks away, shipments of the products they can’t wait to purchase are still making their way to store shelves. But before they get to retail locations, imported goods need to clear customs.
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4 Key Takeaways from the Global Supply Chain Summit

4 Key Takeaways from the Global Supply Chain Summit.Transportfolio

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Discussions about customs automation, the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and infrastructure status and its trade implications swirled in Washington, D.C., at the 4th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In case you weren’t able to be there, these were my takeaways from the event.

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