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Is it time to audit your service provider?

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Four questions to ask when evaluating your customs brokerage partner If you trade internationally, you know that your supply chain is a critical element of your business operations. And, whether you’re large or small; a retailer or a manufacturer; or buying finished goods or components; your customs broker is a very important partner. As with… Read more »

Improve shipping times and reduce risk: Understanding the benefits of Mutual Recognition

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Find out how you can take advantage of the benefits Mutual Recognition agreements provide importers As an importer, you know that any delay in your international shipments can have a significant impact on your bottom line. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program is one way you can help reduce… Read more »

How to build a great compliance program for your U.S. imports

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Struggling with U.S. Import Regulations? As an importer, compliance is essential for keeping your goods moving on-time, every time. If poor compliance practices are not addressed and corrected, the costs can add up quickly and can have a serious impact on your business. As an importer of record, compliance means being accountable with complete and… Read more »

Finding a customs broker: A sample RFP template for soliciting a brokerage provider

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Use this introductory template as the basis for a brokerage request for proposal (RFP). We have gathered together the most relevant and commonly-asked brokerage questions to help you get on your way with sourcing a customs broker. Divided into six sections, this template addresses important headings such as pricing; company profile; terms and conditions; and… Read more »

Import automation: What you need to know before automating your import processes

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If you’re looking for a way to maximize efficiency in your global import processes and improve customer satisfaction while maintaining a focus on growth, import automation may be the ideal solution for you. Through automation, you can create a collaborative network across your entire supply chain that allows for uninterrupted data and process flow to… Read more »

Five compliance questions every CEO should ask

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Your supply chain is like a complex machine, full of moving parts that depend on one another for smooth, efficient operation. Unfortunately, it only takes one compliance mistake to throw the entire operation into disarray. With that in mind, we’ve prepared five questions you need to ask your compliance managers TODAY to ensure your supply… Read more »

What does being an NRI mean to your business?

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If you’re looking to expand into the growing Canadian marketplace, take a look at Canada’s Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program. The NRI program allows foreign or U.S.-based business to ship goods to Canada while enjoying the same advantages as Canadian importers – without having to have physical facilities in Canada. As an NRI, you can take… Read more »

Five ways to make U.S.-Mexico shipments more efficient

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Are you conducting business across the southern U.S. border? As you’ve no doubt noticed, customs regulations and requirements between the U.S. and Mexico are unique, complex – and challenging. Livingston has prepared a guide with five key steps you can take to improve your cross-border transactions along the southern U.S. border, including the following: Maintain… Read more »

Three critical trade compliance areas most companies overlook

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Managing the complexities of trade compliance requires a significant investment of time and resources. But are you sure your resources are focused on the right things? We’ve discovered three critical components of trade compliance that many companies overlook. Download “Three critical trade compliance areas most companies overlook” today and learn the following: How poor trade… Read more »

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 »