Trade regulations are always changing, with daily updates to old rules and the addition of new ones. When I’m helping companies with issues related to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), people are often curious about what causes fines and penalties and what they can do to prevent them. Here are the answers to the most asked questions. » Read More
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“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
You’ve paid your import duties. Now, you’ll receive a retroactive refund for duties on entries eligible for Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) treatment that were filed between July 31, 2013, and July 28, 2015. There is a catch that can mean you’ll never see those refunds. Here are the details of this change and what you’ll have to do to get everything you’re owed.
Some 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:
Nearshoring, the act of transferring manufacturing and production lines away from its foreign location and closer to the United States, is increasing in popularity. More U.S. parties show significant interest in better understanding the cross-border shipping process. The increased interest has exposed many misconceptions within the shipping community, which otherwise cloud the fundamentals of cross-border transportation. Clarifying these assumptions helps improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and grow U.S./Mexico trade relationships. Listed below are three common and incorrect assumptions shippers make about the cross-border shipping process. » Read More