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Crossborder Selling: What Small & Mid-Size Businesses Need to Know

Crossborder Selling: What Small & Mid-Size Businesses Need to Know
Crossborder selling has become easy enough that small and medium-sized businesses from every corner of the economy want to take advantage of the global marketplace. According to research recently published by DHL Express, crossborder online retail is predicted to grow at twice the rate of domestic ecommerce until 2020. But for small and medium-size businesses with limited international experience, what they don’t know about complying with crossborder regulations can end up creating nightmare scenarios for them and their customers. This three-part series will lay out the challenges, provide some critical lessons learned, and reveal how businesses can overcome the challenges and enjoy global selling success. It used to be that only bigger companies could afford to hire the expertise required to navigate the complex rules and regulations involved in global selling. Today, however, crossborder selling has been made to feel almost effortless by a variety of affordable solutions, including ecommerce platforms and...
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Enhanced Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, New Petitions

Enhanced Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, New Petitions
1. Executive Orders President Trump issued two Executive Orders on March 31, 2017, signaling the new administration’s opposition to unfair trade practices. The first Executive Order (See Original Document Here) directs the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) and the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) to conduct a broad review of differential tariffs, non-tariff barriers, injurious dumping, injurious government subsidization, intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, denial of worker rights and labor standards, etc. The second Executive Order (See Original Document Here) aims at the collection of antidumping and countervailing duties. Both address  enforcement of violations of U.S. trade laws. The U.S. estimates that uncollected AD/CVD duties for 2015 reached $2.3 billion. CBP is directed develop a plan requiring  “covered importers” of subject merchandise who pose a risk to the revenue of the United States to provide security through a bond or other legal measure. “Covered importers” are defined as new importers or importers...
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Purchasing Trends Of Small-And-Medium Sized Importers

Purchasing Trends Of Small-And-Medium Sized Importers
UPS announced the results of its 2017 UPS Business Monitor™ Export Index Latin America (BMEI) report. The study focuses on the purchasing behaviors of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a segment representing more than 90% of companies in Latin America¹. It reveals insights about importers that will help exporters sell and supply products to this growing sector. The insights include importer’s preferred methods to evaluate and contact new suppliers, the criteria they use to purchase products, and factors in the supply chain that influence their purchasing decisions. “The BMEI study will provide importers and exporters with a deeper understanding of SME purchasing dynamics,” said Jose Acosta, president of Public Affairs, UPS Americas Region. “The SME sector in the Americas is playing a significant role in the region’s economic growth and global trade.”  The 2017 BMEI, a UPS study conducted in conjunction with the RGX Global Export Network, surveyed 2,170 importers from the industrial...
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What Do Small Businesses Really Think?

What Do Small Businesses Really Think?
Small businesses are on the front lines of growth, accounting for two-thirds of new jobs and half of our country’s economic output. Their experiences and perspectives tell us a lot about where our economy is headed—and what our leaders in Washington should be doing to help. To dive deeper into the attitudes and concerns of these business leaders, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce teamed up with MetLife to launch a new quarterly Small Business Index. The first edition, released last week, showed that small business owners are feeling bullish about prospects for their own businesses but are skeptical about the health of the American economy.Click here to read full article.
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12 consideraciones para cuando se declara producto bajo TLCAN

12 consideraciones para cuando se declara producto bajo TLCAN
(Because we are a global community, we have had requests for articles in Spanish as well. We took our extremely popular NAFTA tips article and translated in Spanish for this month’s blog. Hope you enjoy and as always, we welcome your comments and input.)Esta nota la publiqué en inglés hace un par de años. Recientemente, en parte por la publicidad de la nueva administración en Estados Unidos, nuestros clientes han solicitado información sobre el TLCAN en español. Esta información es muy práctica y sigue en vigor y relevancia, tal como cuando fue publicada en aquel tiempo.  Consejos prácticos de las ‘Primeras Fuerzas” del TLCAN A pesar de que su empresa ha estado declarando TLCAN durante años, siempre es bueno revisar las pólizas y procedimientos actuales que tienden a ser diluidos con los cambios de personal y administración. Según John Goodrich, instructor de nuestros cursos y autor del libro “NAFTA: A Practical Guide to...
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