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Trade and customs compliance and regulation news that affect import, export, transportation, logistics, and supply-chain industry and how you do business.

NAFTA Insights

Since the last NAFTA Insights, there have been comments via social media about the potential for US withdrawal from the Agreement and scrutiny of dispute resolution mechanisms, labor standards and local content rules. With Eurasia Group providing the latest developments from Round 2 of the NAFTA renegotiations, this edition considers whether the US President can withdraw from NAFTA – and the ‘all bets are off’ scenario that you should build into your business planning. On...
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Victoria Vessella

How Stockouts Can Hurt Your Business (And How to Prevent Them)

A customer walks into their local grocer looking for their favorite kombucha brand, only to find that it’s out of stock. Frustrated, this patron considers her options: choose another brand, choose another store, choose to postpone the purchase, or choose not to buy the drink at all. None of these scenarios are favorable to the beverage producer. Sales, brand image, and future planning efforts are all damaged as a result of out-of-stocks. Suppliers should do...
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Lost Bill Of Lading Requirements & Procedures

This article is informational and describes requirements if ever found in an unpleasant situation, such as misplacement or loss of the most important document in the shipping industry. As the title suggests, the procedures and requirements surrounding a lost Bill of Lading are both very complex and detailed. Contracts of Carriage are commonly issued in two forms: OBLs (Original Bills of Lading) and Seaway Bills. The lost or destroyed OBL process is not applicable to...
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Lalo Solorzano

"Alexa, thank our customers for their support."

Build it, and they will come Last month we announced our new Alexa Skill (app) on the Amazon store. We hope you have had the opportunity to install this free feature for your Amazon Echo and have had time to use it. Along with the launch, we thought we would have some fun and give away an Amazon Echo. We did not expect the overwhelming amount of entries and response to our Trade Skill. We...
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Jennifer Diaz

CTPAT “Your Supply Chains Strongest Link”

I attended the  2017 CTPAT conference  in Detroit (August 29 – 30, 2017). After 2 days of CTPAT’ing, here is a list of my top 10 takeaways including the changes I see coming to the CTPAT program. There is a new name. Notice the – is officially gone, no more C-TPAT (despite all of us conditioned to using the -, it is no more. CTPAT it is. There is a new slogan – CTPAT “Your Supply Chains...
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