The Changing Face of Customs Compliance

Move over, death and taxes. There’s something else to add to the list of life’s certainties: customs and compliance regulations are never going to get less complicated. As the global marketplace expands and smaller countries start to flex their economic muscle, the rules that keep goods moving across borders are only going to get more…

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ACE Deadline Pushed Back Again

For the second time in six months the United States Customs and Border Protection agency has softened its deadlines for the new Automated Commercial Environment [ACE], giving customs filers some leeway on when they need to begin using the new electronic filing system. With a February 28 deadline looming for the first wave of mandatory…

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How to Tell if You Are Ready for ACE

When we started our “countdown to ACE” two years ago, the deadline for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for all goods transported into and out of the United States seemed far away. Now it’s dead ahead and coming up fast on February 28. The amount of work that went into preparing brokers for ACE was…

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16½ Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

Here’s a prediction we just know is going to come true. Next year at this time people will be writing – and reading – a slew of predictions articles/blogs/essays for 2017. Bank on it. Everyone loves predictions. Just look at you. Out of the gazillion other things you could be reading right now, you made…

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Plenty to be Thankful for in the Supply Chain Universe

Let’s face it: the supply chain world often gives off a glass-half-empty vibe. Companies tend to fixate on their shortcomings rather than celebrating their successes – and trying to learn from what they’re doing right. They lament poor performance, failure to execute or gaps in their strategy and spend a lot of time obsessing over…

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Ready? Set? No! – The ACE Race Gets Underway for Real

Last summer a collective sigh of relief was uttered when the United States Customs and Border Protection pushed back a key deadline for the Automated Commercial Environment [ACE] by four months. Under the new plan, the mandatory deadline for all electronic entry and entry summaries in ACE – which many were dreading – was pushed…

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U.S. Extends Key Deadline for ACE to February

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Monday it was pushing back a key deadline for the new Automated Commercial Environment [ACE] four months – from November 1 to February 28. “While significant capabilities have been deployed to date, concerns about stakeholder readiness have necessitated a reassessment of our current timelines,” CBP said in a…

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Air Cargo Industry Flying Toward Change

Switch to Cargo-XML messaging standard to streamline processes, cut costs The clock is ticking for the air freight industry to adopt a new, improved electronic messaging standard, but thus far many freight forwarders and ground handlers have responded with a yawn. Like it or not, the industry is jettisoning the groovy, born-in-the-70s Cargo-IMP protocol and…

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ICYMI: Getting Ready for The Release of the FDA Guide for ACE Implementation

This blog is based off of the article in International Trade Today, featuring thoughts from our very own Celeste Catano, Senior Global Strategist, Licensed Customs Broker. We are just five months out from the November 1, 2015 deadline for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) updates. Filers and software developers are shifting into overdrive to implement…

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Death, Taxes and Multi-Country Customs Compliance

Some things cannot be avoided. Customs compliance is a fact of life for those involved in transporting goods across borders. Taking the appropriate steps to plan for it and make investments in the right technology and infrastructure to support customs compliance will ensure smoother operations and lower risk. Efficient, effective processes can reduce the overall…

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Total Compliance Screening – What Separates the Solutions?

Keeping pace with domestic/international trade and customs compliance requirements and ensuring goods keep moving on schedule poses significant administrative and cost burdens for most businesses. For example, the constantly changing country-specific customs regulations and export documentation rules and formats present significant challenges. The risk and complexity grows with every new market. So evaluate carefully when selecting…

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Countdown to ACE: Supply Chain Impact of Global eCustoms Initiatives

In our Countdown to ACE blog series so far, we’ve covered the expected supply chain impact of the upcoming changes, including analysis of the relative benefits and the penalties for non-compliance. Now we turn our attentions further afield and take a look at how ACE fits within the global eCustoms agenda and other similar initiatives…

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