This article was published on the Adam Smith Project website on April 24, 2017. For the latest investigative analysis of trade policy, compliance, and supply chain technology, visit adamsmithproject.com.


Uncertain times for trade compliance pros call for "what if" planning and accurate data

If one thing has been profoundly clear in the three plus months since America’s 45th president was sworn in, it’s that the world of global trade compliance has become one rife with unanswered questions. I can’t remember a time in my career when I’ve been so glued to media outlets.

I’m constantly reading news stories about the latest possible change to regulatory positions, wondering what this change or that announcement might mean for our clients and our industry on a larger scale. We are regularly hearing the same sorts of questions from those customers too. “No more TPP?” “Renegotiate NAFTA?” “What’s a BAT?” “What exactly does that antidumping executive order mean for me?”

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