There is a lot to think about when considering business applications in the cloud. However, leveraging software in the cloud has many advantages, especially when managing and automating your import/export compliance processes. As more and more Customs Authorities and government agencies move to a paperless environment, we will see more and more relying on a single window where the exchange of data can take place seamlessly and effortlessly.

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There are various measures to assess when exporting products internationally. An exporter must exercise “reasonable care” in checking the safety and purpose of the goods being exported, as well as maintaining compliance across borders. Not only must you comply with domestic customs authorities, but also foreign customs of the countries to which you are shipping. In order to avoid fines, removal of export privileges or jail time, remember to perform the following five export processes to proactively ensure your goods are efficiently moving through your supply chain.

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Supply chain can be as complex as a Gordian Knot, but none of us has the sword of Alexander the Great to slice it into a simple length of rope. Whether dealing with the ever-changing world of procurement, the volatility of fuel prices, managing the always-present risk (natural or man-made) or any of the myriad issues of supply chain, it takes the best minds to keep products flowing smoothly.

With this year’s Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know we’re honoring the best and brightest in supply chain, whether Providers, Practitioners or a Team. With almost 400 entries, the editorial committee had a difficult time winnowing it down to around 200 men and women.

Integration Point is represented on this list by:

  • Carrie Liptrot
  • Zoe Martinez
  • Kris Kay

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The world of supply chain is ever-evolving, becoming more complex seemingly by the day. To keep up with the volatility and the demand-driven needs of customers, supply chain solution providers, consultants and other organizations must be flexible enough to react to change, but also visionary enough to prepare for the future.

This year the magazine focused the criteria for its 100 feature on supply chain transformation projects that have met these responsibilities and achieved success.

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Because global trade involves international borders, GTM solutions also address a whole other dimension: trade compliance. When you ship goods into or out of a country, GTM software helps meet your obligations toward the relevant government agencies. It can, for example, conduct denied party screenings, assign product classification codes, determine duty and tariff obligations, file customs documents, and transmit data required by agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

If the company that exports a product gives it a different identification code than the carrier that transports the product, that could cause problems when the shipper files trade documents. “One product might require an import license, while the other one doesn’t, for example,” says Ken Peters, director of global solutions at Integration Point. “Both partners need to work off the same sheet of music, so they don’t run into discrepancies.” GTM solutions ensure that everyone sings in tune.

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