Keep Up with the Latest NAFTZ Annual Conference News

Integration Point is currently at the NAFTZ Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. If you’re there, don’t miss the sessions presented by Integration Point : “FTZ 101 Session: Zone Calculation Workshop”, “Industry Only CBP Site Visit Check List” and “ACE Transition: Automation is Not Optional”.

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Global Trade News Summary – Happy Monday!

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FTA News from Around the World – August 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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Brazil’s Single Window – What Do You Need to Know?

In April 2014, Brazil Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) announced the launch of the Single Window for international trade operations.   This new Single Window unifies all systems involved in importing and exporting goods in Brazil while streamlining and simplifying customs procedures in Brazil as well.   The goal of this Single Window is to reduce export operations from 13 days to 8 days by 2016, and import operations from 17 days to 10 days by 2017. But what does this all really mean for the trade?  What does your company need to know in order to import from or export to Brazil and be in compliance once the Single Window is fully implemented?

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Are You Using the Most Current CBP Bond Forms?

Don’t forget that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped accepting outdated forms as of September 1, 2014. CBP’s forms CBP 301 (bond form) and CBP5106 have both been updated and only the newer forms are being accepted.

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EU Proceeds with Sanctions Against Russia

Despite a warning of retaliation from Russia, the European Union (EU) has decided to proceed with sanctions against Russia. The sanctions are expected to be adopted within the coming days.

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Global Trade News Summary – Happy Monday!

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Proposed Tariff Changes for WCO

At its 123rd/124th Sessions, held in June 2014, the World Customs Organization (WCO) Council adopted a Recommendation that lists suggested amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature which will enter into force on January 2017 (HS 2017). Since the current HS 2012 list came into force, the HS Committee has been steadily revising it and HS 2017 will be the sixth version of the list since it came into force in 1983.

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What is the SPS Agreement?

Often seen within terms of free trade agreement negotiations, the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) may not have struck you as anything particularly out of the ordinary. That is, until you stumbled upon the word ‘phytosanitary.’ So, what is the SPS Agreement?

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Jordan Continues FTA Talks with First Latin American Partner, Mexico

As of August 27, 2014, negotiations between Mexico and Jordan for a free trade agreement (FTA) have concluded. The negotiations, held in Amman, Jordan, are a reflection of the two nations’ mutual interest in promoting their cooperation in economic, political and social realms. The FTA will be the first that Jordan has signed with a Latin American country.

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