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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.

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


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


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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5 Reasons to Look Forward to ACE Cargo Release

Tblog_AirCargo“Now that we are able to clear via eSTBs, our paperwork turnaround time is amazingly fast.”

“We can clear more shipments, earlier.”

These are just a few of the things C.H. Robinson employees are saying about piloting U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) software. While it’s taken CBP nearly a decade to develop the trade software, ACE is meant to streamline trade facilitation and support President Obama’s executive order mandating that all trade be facilitated electronically via a single platform by December 31, 2016. But what will this mean for your customs filings? » Read More

A Big Week for U.S. Trade Legislation: Updates on TPA & GSP

Gov UpdateSome of us in the trade community have felt the U.S. trade agenda had been neglected for the last five to eight years by a Congress that is focused more on domestic issues. While it sometimes wasn’t pretty, over the last 10 days, trade was suddenly the only topic in Congress and it resulted in some significant legislation. While the final version is still being published and we are continuing to review it, here is a summary of what has passed and the alphabet soup of acronyms:

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