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10 Questions to ask before you export from the U.S.

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Getting your export documentation right is crucial to avoiding lengthy wait times, hefty fines, or having your shipment denied at the border. Establishing and maintaining effective and accurate export documentation processes can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to ensure your goods clear the border and reach their destination without hassle…. Read more »

Four questions to ask when outsourcing restricted party screening

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Helping you find the right restricted party screening partner Are you looking for ways to relieve your customs team from the labor-intensive and time-consuming (but very necessary) burden of screening against restricted party lists? You might want to consider enlisting the help of an outside expert. Outsourcing can free up internal resources, helping you focus… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: How to file a U.S. duty drawback claim

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Filing for duty drawback is a great way to get back a large portion of the duty you paid to U.S. Customs. However, applying for duty drawback can be tricky. There are a number of key considerations you need to be aware of when applying, including knowing what documents to file, and where and when… Read more »

Importer Security Filing: 10 required data elements

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ISF enforcement is happening. As of July 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is assessing liquidated damages against importers whose Importer Security Filing (ISF) is missing, late or inaccurate. These fines can reach as high as $5,000 per infraction. Make sure you’re prepared. Our helpful guide, “Importer Security Filing: 10 required data elements” lists in… Read more »

10 facts about 10+2: Requirements for U.S. importers

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Following the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection introduced the concept of 10+2 – 10 required data elements from importers (and two from carriers) that helps Customs decide which containers need more examination and which can move on. As of July 2013, full enforcement of… Read more »

Valuation is key to your company’s success as an NRI

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For anyone thinking of becoming an NRI, it’s important to understand proper valuation and how it needs to be part of your overall business strategy. Valuation, essentially, is the price you declare for your goods in Canada – and as with any business strategy, the value of your goods plays a significant role in your… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Other Government Department requirements

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Shipping into Canada can be challenging – especially if you haven’t ensured that your goods aren’t affected by Other Government Department (OGD) regulations. There are three critical steps that you need to take to ensure that you are complying with OGD requirements: Identify the goods that require special permits, and obtain permits Ensure that your customs… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Nine Steps to Clearing Your Goods at the Border

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Understanding how the goods you export to Canada clear Customs will help you troubleshoot problems and avoid lengthy border delays. There are a number of steps that you should be familiar with, including the following: Filling out customs documentation; Having paperwork submitted to CBSA; and Completing a B3 form The above steps may seem simple,… Read more »

Definitions of common U.S. shipping acronyms

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When you talk shipping and international trade, all of the jargon and acronyms can make it sound like another language. Yet as a successful business it’s important to understand the terminology behind the movement of goods across the border – to understand what’s happening to your shipment and why. To help you get a better… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: Overview of the release process

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When exporting goods to the U.S., knowledge of the required documentation and release methods will help you troubleshoot problems and avoid costly border delays. Your release documentation must include some critical information, such as the following: The name, address and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number of the company where the shipment is being delivered Applicable… Read more »