More time to test ACE air manifest. U.S. Custom’s five-week postponement of mandatory filing of electronic air import manifests through a new IT system is actually a positive development and reflects well on the agency’s ability to manage the rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment, air industry officials said.

The manifest delay has an indirect impact on customs brokers and importers, explained Elizabeth Connell, vice president of product management at Integration Point, a global trade compliance software company.

Air manifest data is used to fill out special forms to move air freight from the airport to a foreign trade zone under bond without paying duties and companies will now have to wait to realign their processes for the new electronic form (called QP/WP) until June 7. Also on hold is a new CBP requirement for three extra data elements from the manifest for an in-bond permit to transfer cargo within the same port limit.

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Supply-chain security can be segmented into two buckets: government compliance and internal risk assessment. Software can help with both

“Paying attention to supply–chain security involves implementing good business practices,” adds Karen Lobdell, director of Global Solutions at Integration Point

Integration Point has expanded software developed to automate compliance with C-TPAT into a risk-assessment tool for business-partner management. “The tool allows users to automate what is usually an administrative chore to identify vulnerabilities with business partners so that they can understand the biggest potentials for risk,” says Lobdell.

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Inbound Logistics surveys the market to determine the latest logistics technology trends - and chooses 100 IT providers that are leading the way.

The pace of change in the logistics technology sector over the past several years has truly been revoluntionary. Cloud computing has changed the way IT vendors engineer solutions, and how buyers approach capital investment in new technology.

"Traditional logistics technology was applied top down, a most evident example being the ERP system," shares one logistics technology company. "The new trend in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers dynamic systems that are clearly intended as mid-level enterprise solutions, providing visibility and communication tools that empower operations."

Inbound Logistics' annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what's going on in the industry. More than 200 IT solutions companies were solicited - all different shapes and sizes - to document some of the trends that make this space so dynamic.

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When orchestrating international shipments, global trade management solutions help trading partners sing the same tune.

One benefit GTM solutions offer is consistency—they force all trading and service partners to use the same term to refer to the same product. "You need a single point of truth about each commodity," Irmen says.

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. In addition to helping companies execute day-to-day transactions, GTM solutions can reveal opportunities that strategists might otherwise miss. Those benefits arise thanks to the mass of data the system manages, including data from shippers and their partners, as well as information on trade regulations and agreements.

Smaller companies might not need a full GTM suite. But certain modules—such as tariff classification—can be worthwhile for shippers with simple global operations. "Even small companies want to ensure the data they're using internally is what brokers are using for their filings," Irmen says. "They want visibility into their ultimate entries, and the ability to assess compliance."

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, is pleased to announce the 15th annual listing of Pros to Know in the Supply Chain industry.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes Provider Pros and Practitioner Pros (including Teams). The Provider Pros to Know is a listing of individuals from a software firm or service provider, consultancy or academia who have helped their Supply Chain clients or the Supply Chain community at large prepare to meet the significant challenges in the year ahead. This year's list includes more than 200 Provider Pros to Know.

Integration Point is represented on this list by:

  • Claudio Marques
  • Jeff McCauley
  • James Meares

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Are there benefits to integrating zone operations with a company’s overall global trade compliance operations? Yes. Integrated zone automation tools and global trade management solutions provide benefits advantageous to the zone and the company.

Having all trade compliance data and processes on one platform that can be easily accessed across the organization and throughout the supply chain, instead of using disparate systems, is the best choice for companies looking to get a competitive advantage while maintaining compliance.

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