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Making Sure Your 10+2 Adds Up

Making Sure Your 10+2 Adds Up Stepped-up enforcement makes compliance critical   Just like bad weather, a delinquent document can create havoc for shippers.   Consider, for example, new concerns regarding an old rule affecting container shipping. Around the horn, we are hearing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is tightening enforcement of the Importer Security Filing (ISF) – the so-called 10+2.   In a nutshell, the rule requires a batch of information to be filed with the agency at least 24 hours before goods are loaded onto a container ship headed to the United States. The disclosure document – which can be filed electronically -- is intended to enhance security by identifying low-risk and high-risk shipments.   The rule – with a history reaching back two decades – has been unevenly and intermittently enforced. Lately, however, customs officials have been getting tougher.   The team at ICAT Logistics DTW learned of a domestic company recently penalized for failing to appropriately file an…

SHIPPER BEWARE: What you need to know about ELDs

SHIPPER BEWARE: What you need to know about ELDs Paper logs are vanishing from the seats next to America’s truck drivers, replaced by ELDs – electronic logging devices that track time, location and movements. It’s all part of a years-long campaign – driven by new technologies and federal regulations – to make America’s roads safer and the trucking industry more efficient. For shippers, it amounts to a call to action for blending modern gizmos with proven experience to add precision and speed. For customers, the challenge is to know that their shippers are in compliance with the new regulations, or they risk having their shipments delayed, costing time and money. Here’s what both sides need to know about ELDs. To read this entire whitepaper and learn more about ELDs complete the form below.

Know the International Bottlenecks Before You Ship

Know the International Bottlenecks Before You Ship They could cost you money – and much more Cargo moves on trucks, trains, boats and planes – and paper. Throughout the process and around the world, border compliance and red tape can snag shipping as surely as bad weather and equipment failures. Clearing some borders is a breeze, as long as your documentation is in order. But some countries are notorious for inefficiency and regulations that cause delays and additional costs. It’s important to understand where the bottlenecks are and how you can avoid them. Delayed shipments can cost money in many ways. And for a program manager in charge of an important new project, a supply chain disruption could cost them their job. In a freshly-published global survey, the World Bank measured the time for border and documentation compliance. Differences among regions and nations are striking, and worth knowing as you develop your shipping strategy. Time is money The World Bank’s “Trading Across Borders” research tells us... To read this…

How To Select A Company To Move Your International Freight

How To Select A Company To Move Your International Freight FIRST RULE OF THUMB: BE PREPARED.   The Boy Scout motto provides bottom-line relevance when it’s your job to select a company to ship freight all over the world. Much can go wrong on the way to getting the right product to the right place at the right time at the right cost.   Preparation is key as you begin your search for a partner with the logistics skills and experience necessary to navigate the increasingly complex workings of custom international shipping. Your “prep work” before asking for a quote will clarify the process and help deliver a successful outcome. Ever painted a house? If so, you know that cleaning and scraping the walls, ceilings and trim — before taking a paint brush in hand — is essential to a job well done.   As you begin the process of global shipping, it’s best to take time to ask yourself some important questions, determine what you need from a shipping partner, and understand the basic terms essential for freight forwarding.   To read this whitepaper…

Understanding Your Responsibility in Export Transactions

Understanding Your Responsibility in Export Transactions If you or your company benefit from an export transaction, the Foreign Trade division of the U.S. Census Bureau defines you as U.S. Principal Party in Interest (USPPI) — a role that comes with a number of significant responsibilities.   A USPPI’s duties help ensure government regulators and your freight forwarding partner that you are being transparent and properly identifying and handling the goods you are selling outside of the country.   To read this whitepaper and learn more about how you meet your USPPI responsibilities, fill in the form below to download the PDF.

Using Lean Principles to Improve Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Using Lean Principles to Improve Logistics and Supply Chain Management Introduction What is the measure of a company’s competitive strength? Simply put, it is the value of its products or services as perceived by its customers. And value creation is the focus of the lean philosophy, first adopted from Toyota’s famed Production System in the late 1980s. An organization applying the lean approach pursues greater value for customers while using fewer resources. Whether lean is embraced completely and embedded into the culture of an organization, or used as a tool to improve specific aspects of a company’s operations, it has the potential to knit together the parts of a supply chain so that it becomes more than a sub-optimized collection of siloed technologies and processes. In lean’s early days, only large volume manufacturers, particularly automakers, found application for their production processes, especially where those processes were repetitive. The target of lean was seen mainly as the elimination of waste in manufacturing. If a company required…

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