Packaging your product for your international customers can vary widely from packaging for the U.S. market. These suggestions may help.

Success in global markets requires meticulous attention to detail. When it comes to exporting products from the United States, one of the most important considerations is proper labeling and packaging. Exporters must ensure that their products comply with local market regulations, as well as any specific labeling requirements for their particular industry.

The rules for marking and labeling are dependent on where your product is being sold. “The first thing you need to consider with marking/labeling rules is what is your country of origin, also known as non-preferential rules of origin," says Angela Chamberlain, vice president, global trade content at Integration Point. “These rules are used to determine the nationality of a good when entering the country."

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Trade agreements offer many opportunities for importers and exporters alike. To maximize the benefits of a trade agreement, traders must know how to successfully apply the agreement rules. This article summarizes some basic preferential treatment rules and describes some variations and challenges companies engaging in global trade face in realizing these benefits.

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The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) has asked Customs and Border Protection to delay the planned Sept. 16 transition of the Application for Foreign-Trade Zone Admission and/or Status Designation (e214) to the ACE.

The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) has asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to delay the planned Sept. 16 transition of the Application for Foreign-Trade Zone Admission and/or Status Designation (e214) from the agency’s legacy computer system to the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) platform.

NAFTZ President Erik Autor told the agency in a Sept. 7 letter that a number of foreign trade zone operators have experienced “a disturbing number of systemic problems and new issues that need to be addressed before the rollout of e214 in ACE.

“Currently, new issues appear to be surfacing daily, and the certification environment is being constantly updated in response to these issues,” Autor said. “Each time the environment is updated, all testing must be redone to identify any new issues.”

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Fast-changing policies within the global trade stage have stirred predictions of a large trade vacuum to fill. A number of exporters and importers are looking for stronger trade ties to the Asia Pacific region to complete what may be a large void. That leap may just pay off. As of April, the Asia Pacific region has noted some of its best export gains in recent years – a move that has been essentially blocked by policy makers’ thoughts about the future direction of global trade.

One part of the world looking to take a leadership role is the Asia Pacific region led by the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2014, its total GDP reached US$2.6tr, making it the seventh largest economy in the word, while its total trade was US$2.5tr –the majority of which was intra- ASEAN trade. To help bolster further growth and cooperation across the region for growth, Asia has a number of new and existing trade deals in the works to boost imports and exports in the near future.

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After three days of invigorating discussions on the latest trends and the emerging developments in the world of border and IT supply chain management, the 2017 WTO IT Conference & Exhibition was concluded on 9 June. The announcement by Secretary General Mikuriya that the WCO has decided to make the source code of the WCO Customs Targeting System (CTS) publicly available and that it will be placed on an open source before the end of 2017 was very well received by the participants of the conference and extensively relayed through social media.

Over 550 delegates from more than 80 countries gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, to attend one of WCO’s prime events, co-hosted by Georgia Revenue Service and the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. The Conference was supported by more than 40 sponsors and exhibitors, including Smiths Detection as the corporate sponsor, while the agenda included 73 speakers who spoke under 8 keynotes, 14 round tables and various panels. In the year when “Women in Customs” is being celebrated, gender equality has stayed high on WCO’s list of priorities, with half of the 16 moderators being female!

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This article was published on the Adam Smith Project website on June 7, 2017. For the latest investigative analysis of trade policy, compliance, and supply chain technology, visit adamsmithproject.com.


Foreign trade zones programs exist around the globe for companies willing to understand their differences

Many importers and exporters throughout the United States have participated in or are aware of our nation’s nearly 90-year-old Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) program. Foreign-Trade Zones are secure areas under U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) supervision, but considered outside CBP territory so that they can provide significant duty and related savings to U.S. manufacturers and distributors.

Foreign and domestic merchandise may be moved into a zone for operations that include storage, assembly, manufacturing, and other processing. Under zone procedures, payments of duties are not required on the foreign merchandise until it enters CBP territory for domestic consumption, at which point the importer generally has the choice of paying duties at the lower rate of either the original foreign materials or the finished product. Deferring and/or inverting duty to the lower rate can result in savings in the millions of dollars for many companies.

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