US C-TPAT and Portal 2.0 Update – SVI Number & Exports

On Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, Integration Point teamed up with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to bring you the latest updates on CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. CBP officials Lauren Kaufer, Shawn Porter and Charles Marker highlighted the current status of the program, upcoming changes and what we can expect in the coming year.

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Decoding Origin Rules in the European Union

Do you need proof of origin to export goods from the European Union (EU)?  What about when importing them into the EU?  Much of that depends on the classification of the good and whether or not you will be looking at preferential or non-preferential origin.  But how do you determine that and does it really matter?

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US Exporters Get 180 Day Reprieve for AES Compliance

US Exporters now have an additional 180 days to come into compliance with the latest US Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) changes that came into effect on April 5, 2014. The Census Bureau, in accordance with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will give exporters until October 2, 2014 to educate themselves on new export requirements while avoiding penalties for errors in compliance to new regulations.

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Shark Fin Trade Loses Flavour in China

Shark fin soup may soon disappear from menus in China. Trade in shark fins between Hong Kong and China has decreased by 90 percent in 2013, as recently revealed by animal rights group, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The shark fins, sometimes from endangered specimens of shark, are used to make products, such as health supplements, but are mostly consumed – especially in the popular luxury Chinese dish, shark fin soup.

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Global Trade News Summary – Happy Monday!

Take a look again at the most important news and start the week fully informed with the news that Global Trade News brought to you last week in Twitter: Continue reading

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Register for AAEI Conference Now, Before the Early Bird Rate Expires!

Did you know that Minneapolis is no more than a three hour flight from anywhere in the US?  This means you’re not far from being a part of the American Association of Exporters and Importers’ (AAEI) 93rd Annual Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

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US Organizations Still Waiting on GSP Renewal

In our last update, on 4 December 2013, there were 375 US organizations calling for the immediate renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Congress allowed the legal authorization of the GSP program to expire on 31 July 2013. The GSP Supporter List now reports 530 organizations, of which, 79 percent are small businesses.

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FTA News from Around the World – March 2014 Round Up

With regulations ever changing and updates constantly being made, we understand keeping up with new regulations affecting global trade can be challenging. Therefore, Global Trade News has taken the information that we have gathered over the last month from governments around the world, and compiled it into a monthly summary, posted here for you. You can access this information, along with all related FTA posts at any time by visiting the Free Trade Agreement category on this blog.

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Support of Trade Sanctions Reveals Double-Edged Sword for Germany

In a show of support for Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that she is prepared to back the European Union (EU) if they should decide to issue trade sanctions against Russia as a result of its interference in Crimea.

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Global Trade News Summary – Happy Monday!

Take a look again at the most important news and start the week fully informed with the news that Global Trade News brought to you last week in Twitter: Continue reading

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