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China Rolls Out Measures to Ease Import and Export Restrictions

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By Weida Li China rolled out measures to further its opening-up policy and boost trade at a Li Keqiang-chaired executive meeting of the State Council in Beijing on Tuesday. In order to maintain steady growth in both the import and export sectors, China will advance trade facilitation by shortening its customs clearance times, reducing the costs involved and minimising the documents required. In addition, companies will be able to get customs clearance documents processed online...
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U.S. Import Prices Post Largest Drop in More Than One and A Half Years

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices recorded their biggest drop in more than 1-1/2 years in August amid declines in the cost of fuels and a range of other goods, suggesting a strong dollar was curbing imported inflation pressures. The Labor Department said on Friday import prices fell 0.6 percent last month. That was the largest decline since January 2016 and followed a downwardly revised 0.1 percent dip in July. Import prices were previously reported...
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Abha Bhattarai

Almost All Shoes Sold in the U.S. Are Imported- Now the Industry Is Terrified of Tariffs

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Vans, the 52-year-old brand best known for its unassuming slip-on sneaker, is on a tear. Vans' annual revenue topped $3 billion last year, up nearly tenfold from a decade earlier, propelled in part by cheap and plentiful manufacturing in Asia. But looming tariffs could ground Vans and other footwear brands. Ninety-eight percent of shoes are manufactured abroad, with nearly three-quarters of those imports coming from China, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, making...
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Jennifer Diaz

U.S. issues additional Chinese Tariffs – Is Your Product on the List?

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On June 15 , President Trump kept true to his  May 29th promise  of imposing additional tariffs against Chinese goods. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has officially released the “ Section 301 Product List ”. The additional duties are effective on or after July 6, 2018. History We previously proved advised our readers of  President’s Trump directive is based upon the USTR Findings of the Investigation into China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices...
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Rick Chappel

Tariffs: Manufacturers are Ill-equipped for Raw Material Cost Hikes

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The import tariffs on steel and aluminum, as  confirmed  by President Trump on May 31, exacerbated worries for B2B manufacturers—and their customers. The implications for  employment  and the  economy  are significant, but most manufacturers are also grappling with practical questions, such as: How will this impact my per-unit costs? How can we effectively pass these changes on? How will customers react to an across-the-board price increase? How can we hold the line on margin erosion...
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Niall McCarthy

Where Fireworks Are From In the US [Infographic]

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For people aiming to "buy American" for Independence Day this year, it might prove difficult to obtain U.S.-manufactured fireworks. Most of the bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks on sale across the country trace their origin to  China . Last year, China accounted for nearly 96 percent of total U.S. fireworks imports, amounting to approximately $268 million, according to  website ValuePenguin .  Given that there are almost  14,000 fireworks displays  every 4th of July,...
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Marisela Molina

5 Requirements for Importing Goods into Mexico

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In order to be successful, companies that manufacture within the borders of Latin America’s second-largest economy must be knowledgeable regarding the requirements for importing goods into Mexico. Although much has been done in recent years to simplify the process, those that are importing goods into Mexico must know the applicable rule in order to avoid complications that may include delays and fines. Those that are importing goods into Mexico must remember that: 1. A Mexican...
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Mikah Wisner

Import Compliance Basics: 5 Things You Need to Know

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If you’ve been tasked with getting your company’s import compliance under control,  these five steps will get you quickly up-to-speed Taking on a new position at an importer usually means sifting through the remnants of your predecessor’s activities and policies and trying to come up with a way to work better, smarter, and faster. These goals aren’t always easy to achieve in the import space, which tends to move quickly and expect a lot from the people who...
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Laurel Delaney

How a Letter of Credit Can Boost Profitability

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MasterCardBiz with Laurel Delaney One of the most important things to negotiate before closing on an export sale is how payment will be made. Short of asking for payment in advance, securing payment with a letter of credit is the next best option. Sure it’s a little more expensive–typically 1/8 of 1 percent of the total transaction price plus incidental fees related to any amendments that might have to be made–but it’s worth it to...
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U.S. Imports Of Fresh-cut Flowers

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U.S. imports of Fresh-cut flowers increased 5 percent from $1.05 billion to $1.1 billion through the first 11 months of 2017 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. The category ranked 279 through November among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 271 for the last full year with a total value of $1.13 billion, a...
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Ten Supply-Chain Predictions for 2018

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By Global Trade A new report from the market research firm  IDC , “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Supply Chain 2018 Predictions,”  posits that  digital transformation  (DX) is the key overriding theme in IDC’s worldwide supply chain top 10 predictions for 2018, including the impact for supply chain planning, supply chain execution/fulfillment, and procurement and supply chain security. While the predictions largely focus on the near term to midterm (2017–2020), the impact of many of these predictions...
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Lisa M. Richman

Update on the NAFTA Renegotiations: What You Need to Know

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The cancellation of US involvement in the TPP, and its potential withdrawal from NAFTA have sparked considerable anxiety over the loss of protections and opportunities both investment treaties afford. But there are alternatives. The Trump Administration has proposed substantial changes to the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a multilateral trade and investment agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. During five rounds of negotiations, the representatives of the parties to...
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Managing Global Trade: A Look Beyond the Surface

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In association with KMPG LLC, Thomson Reuters. During the recent years, global trade regulations went from a sleepy niche to a major driver of mainstream news.  In 2016, one major world power withdrew from a historic trade pact and another ditched the European Union.  Figures in many countries used protectionist rhetoric to obtain power.  The possibility of sanctions, “trade wars” and other deployments of soft power increasingly replaced calls for military might. Get The 2017...
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