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Drawback: The Forgotten Opportunity

 
Drawback is the refund of certain taxes, duties and fees paid to Customs on imports for certain exports from the U.S. Long considered “the most complex commercial program” of U.S. Customs, recent simplifications of the drawback law should make drawback claims somewhat easier to prepare. Unfortunately, drawback is a forgotten opportunity for many United States exporters.
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Why is delivery of my shipments so often late?

 
(But was it really?)
 
On-time delivery of shipments to your customers is essential to the smooth operation of your business – not to mention maintaining the confidence and loyalty of your customers. Are you ever frustrated by late delivery of shipments? Let’s look at the reasons why your deliveries may not happen within the timeline you were expecting.
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How can I reduce the amount of damage my shipments incur?

 
There's nothing quite so frustrating as inspecting a delivery and discovering shipping damages. While it's impossible to guarantee no damage at all from the shipping process, there are several things you can do to greatly reduce it.
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The Future of Canadian Trade Agreements: Why Canada is Seeking More Trade

 
Why sign trade agreements with other nations? Canada has several trade agreements in effect that aim to give its companies an advantage over the U.S. and other countries. With a trade agreement in place, such as in Panama (where the U.S. does not), Canada receives more benefits in the shape of preferential access to various industries and, of course, reduced costs of importing goods.
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Now and Then: U.S. Customs Brokerage Associations

 
As far as the evolution of the customs brokerage industry goes, what you don't know might just surprise you. Here are eight surprising facts about this service.
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Canadian Customs: Absolute Liability and Penalty Considerations for Small Business Importers

 
Everything from machinery to fresh produce crosses the U.S./Canada border every day of every year, and the regulations governing such movement are complex and often confusing. 
 
With Canadian international trade measuring in the tens of billions of dollars for both imports and exports, small business owners are drawn to the industry's promise of significantly increased revenue. According to a recent article in CBC News, small businesses account for about 25% of all Canadian exports with an annual value of more than $65 billion.
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U.S. Customs: When does "not knowing" become "negligence"?

 
Like trying to find your way through a gargantuan hedge maze, navigating the labyrinth of U.S. Customs rules for importers/exporters can feel overwhelming. Yet the tantalizing promise of increased revenue from international trade continues to drive small business owners to try their hand at understanding the rules – or getting around them.
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Overseas data processing: A means to an end or an END to a means?

 
Though we, as a company, do not engage in overseas data processing  mostly based on principle  there are many companies in the Canadian brokerage industry that certainly do, and we would be remiss not to address this growing trend in our business. Let's discuss the actual reasoning behind overseas data processing (though it should be obvious as to why it happens so much in our industry), as well as go over the advantages and disadvantages of the practice.
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Why Incoterms Matter: Stop Leaving Your Profits in Others' Pockets

 
They're not legal terminology, so why should you care about using Incoterms?
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Are logistics acronyms getting more confusing or is it just me?

 
The simple answer is: No. It's not just you.
 
Logistics providers have the same difficulty in communication as any other intensely regulated industry: no one outside their industry has a clue what people are saying.
 
Consider this:
 
 
And you thought the fact that you can hold entire conversations at work without using any actual words wasn't funny!
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