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  1. Exporting and Importing to and from Mexico: 4 Keys to Successful Cross-Border Logistics

    05/04/2021

    In 2020, Mexico became the leading trade partner for the United States for the first time in history. While the trading relationship between the U.S. and Mexico has always been fruitful, the recent increase in trade growth is impressive, with Mexico surpassing China and Canada to occupy the top trading spot.

    With trade activity between the U.S. and Mexico projected to increase in 2021, it's more important than ever to ensure that your shipments are properly packed, transported, and delivered with the required documentation. Below is a look at the top logistics challenges for U.S.-Mexico traders and the keys to successful cross-border logistics.

    What are the top challenges facing U.S.-Mexico traders?

    Mexico's geographic proximity to the United States makes it an ideal trading partner in many respects. But logistics challenges can complicate trade for importers and exporters who lack a strategy for cross-border shipping. Some of the top barriers to success for U.S.-Mexico traders are as follows:

    ·         Customs clearance issues

    ·         Cargo theft

    ·         Paperwork-related delays

    ·         Product damage

    ·         Missed deadlines

    How can a trusted trans-border logistics company help you overcome these challenges?

    Partnering with a trusted logistics company is the single best way to help you overcome the challenges above. Here are some specific ways an experienced trans-border logistics company can help ensure shipments between the United States and Mexico arrive safely and on time.

    1) Provide a secure warehouse on the border

    Partnering with a logistics company with a warehouse on the US-Mexico border offers a host of benefits. For starters, cross-border activity may involve unpredictable delays that can temporarily derail a shipment. The ability to temporarily store cargo at a secure warehouse close to the border prevents the sender from having to arrange a full return or abandon the shipment while any issues are resolved. Here are some other benefits of choosing a partner with a warehouse close to the border:

    Consolidation Services: Collect and organize multiple shipments from the same sender prior to cross-border dispatch

    Surveillance: Experience peace of mind knowing your products are safely stored and monitored around the clock

    Packaging Services: Provide a place to professionally package goods for safe cross-border shipment

    Cost Savings: The carrier can choose from a large network of carriers in the U.S. and Mexico to keep expenses low

    2) Adhere to CTPAT Security Criteria and Guidelines

    "CTPAT is open to members of the trade community who can demonstrate excellence in supply chain security practices and who have had no significant security-related events...In order to be accepted into CTPAT, your company must be able to meet certain security requirements." - United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

    Short for "Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism", CTPAT is a program offered through Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The program reduces inspections for shipments being handled by certified logistics companies. In light of their commitment to working closely with CBP to implement security measures and best practices, CTPAT-certified companies have increased access to Free and Secure Trade lanes.

    Working with a CTPAT-certified carrier is an excellent way to help your shipments reach their destinations in Mexico or the United States faster. Because CTPAT members must have excellent security profiles and strategies, they are deemed to be lower risk and are less likely to be flagged for time-consuming inspections at the border.

    3) Enable you to respond faster to client demands

    Being able to store your products in bulk at a warehouse close to the border enables you to meet your clients' needs faster than ever. Depending on the nature of your business, you can shave days or weeks off the total time it would take to prepare, package, and ship goods from your company facilities.

    For example, if a buyer in Monterrey, Mexico desperately needs ten security cameras manufactured by a company in New York, the process could take 10 days or longer - even if the equipment is in stock. Here is a hypothetical breakdown of the timetable:

    ·       Day 1: The supplier receives the client's order. If the order arrives late in the business day, dispatch often cannot occur until Day 2 at the earliest.

    ·       Day 2: The order goes through inspection, quality control, and packaging. Pickup is scheduled and the order is retrieved by a carrier.

    ·       Day 3: The first day of cross-country transportation occurs.

    ·       Day 4: Assuming there are no truck breakdowns or shipping glitches, the shipment arrives at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    ·       Day 5+: The shipment is inspected and moved to the recipient in Monterrey.

    Working with a company with a warehouse on the border can save at least four days for the client referenced in the example above. This could make a world of difference for the client and result in an increase in future business. 

    4) Provide five-star custom crating and packing solutions

    Some shipments must travel thousands of miles by truck, rail, or air before reaching their ultimate destination. For example, consider a shipment of respiratory ventilators shipping to Mexico to treat COVID-19 patients. If the medical equipment provider is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is shipping the ventilators to Mexico City, the ventilators will have to travel nearly 2,000 miles or more than 33 hours by truck

    Unless the shipment has been properly packed for cross-border transport, damage is likely to occur. This is especially the case with fragile goods such as medical equipment, electronics, and machinery. When you choose a logistics company that offers custom crating solutions, you can rest assured that your shipment will arrive safe and intact. You also convey a professional image to the recipient of the goods.

    What step can you take today to boost U.S.-Mexico trade efficiency?

    Clearly, there are many ways a trusted logistics partner can help you achieve a more efficient and seamless trading relationship. If you would like to put your company on the path to cross-border trade efficiency, then reach out to us at Aries Worldwide Logistics

    As a global leader in trans-border logistics, Aries has helped thousands of companies import and export goods across the US-Mexico border. Since 1984, our CTPAT-certified organization has strived to facilitate trade between the United States and Mexico. With our climate-controlled warehouses and an experienced team of bilingual trade specialists, our mission is to exceed our clients' expectations through safe, swift, affordable shipments.

    To learn how we can help you with your cross-border trade, we invite you to reach out to us at 888-502-7437 or complete our online request form. We look forward to serving as your trusted logistics partner!

  2. Headache Free Customs Clearance - Here's What You Need to Know

    04/06/2021

    With one of the most extensive and experienced customs clearance operations in the logistics industry, our goal is to provide our customers with a smooth and hassle-free experience when moving cargo from country to country. 

    To ensure the safe delivery of your goods to the destination, we strive to minimize risks across international borders and provide proven expert advice and guidance on matters related to customs. 

    Our dedicated customs department has a clear understanding of the intricacies of trade regulations and agreements at global, regional, and national levels and serves as the first point of contact with both customs authorities and our customers. 

    • ISF
    • Classification Review
    • Cargo Pre-Clearance 
    • 24/7 Service 
    • Duty Drawback 
    • Online Customs Processing 
    • FTZ Admissions  
    • Bonded warehousing clearances  
    • Temporary Import Bond (TIB) Entries  
    • In bond Processing

    Classification Review 

    When it comes to HTS (Harmonized Tariff System) Classification, there is no room for error.  Every January, a new version of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is published by the International Trade Commission (“ITC”).  And, invariably, some HTS #s that existed last year no longer exist this year. This can be a difficult thing to deal with, and companies find themselves at risk because of product misclassification. Our experienced professionals fully understand how to determine the correct Harmonized Tariff Number for imports and exports and will work with clients to assure that the correct HTS# is assigned consistently across all transactions. We can help you avoid penalties and guesswork, while you can focus on your core business.

    Pre-Arrival Processing

    Fast & efficient clearances, with personalized attention to your cross-border shipments.  The Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border cargo release mechanism for cross border shipments that expedites the release of commercial shipments while still processing each shipment through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), the Automated Commercial Shipment (ACS), and the Automated Targeting System (ATS). 

    Duty-Drawback

    Aries Worldwide Logistics can help exporters with the refund of certain duties, internal revenue taxes, and certain fees collected upon the importation of goods.  Such refunds are only allowed upon the exportation or destruction of goods under U.S. Customs and Border.  We can also assist with the pre-approval filing with US Customs prior to export.  

    Cargo Pre-Clearance

    We have the technology to help you significantly reduce transit time by utilizing the pre-clearance process. 

    As soon as the shipment is confirmed on a departed flight and the wheels are up, or 5 days prior to the vessel arriving, we transmit customs entry. U.S. Customs allows Customs clearance while the freight is in the air or 5 days prior to arrival at the destined port in the United States.  

    Pre-Clearance saves our customers up to 24 hours per shipment. It eliminates transfers of freight and documents. With a Pre-Clearance program, the freight is cleared prior to landing on U.S. soil. 

    Online Customs Processing

    Our online Customs processing allows us to electronically file customs entry directly with US Customs, enabling us to expedite the clearance process and the delivery of your cargo. Our dedicated licensed customs brokers have many years of experience with a focus on compliance with customs regulations and reduce cargo delays and costs associated with those delays.  In addition, we can electronically clear for other applicable partner government agencies such as Food & Drug Administration and others.

  3. 7 Reasons Why You Need Expert Crating Solutions to Protect Your Shipments

    03/11/2021

    As a supply chain manager or logistics professional, you know how vital it is to find a dependable transportation provider to handle your large shipments. But even if you find a great transportation company, your efforts might be in vain if the items you ship are not properly packaged or crated. Below is a look at the importance of custom crating and the key reasons why you need expert crating solutions to protect your shipments.

    Why should you hire a crating and packaging expert?

    Whether you handle procurement activities or oversee your company's supply chain, it's up to you to ensure that the goods you are shipping or retrieving arrive safely and intact at their destinations. Here are seven reasons why you should invest in custom crating and packaging solutions to protect your shipments.

    1) Minimize the risk of damage to your cargo

    The path to a satisfied client begins with a smooth, secure delivery process. An experienced crating and packaging company can help boost the chances that a shipment will arrive safe and sound. Here are some ways an expert can help you minimize damage to your cargo:

    • Evaluate the equipment, goods, or machinery you need to ship in conjunction with the item's ultimate destination.
    • Choose the best mode of packaging for your shipment. Common options include wooden crates, pallets, or skids.
    • Select the proper size crate, skid, pallet, or carton for your shipment.
    • Securely pack your product(s) using bubble wrap, packaging foam, and other packing materials as necessary.
    • Inspect your packaged product to ensure there is no movement of the contents prior to dispatch.

    2) Reduce shipping costs

    Larger, heavier crates generally cost more to ship than smaller ones. This is because they occupy more cargo space on a truck, plane, or shipping container. An experienced crating specialist will know how to pack your machine or equipment using the most compact crate possible without compromising the degree of protection the item receives.

    3) Avoid wasted time and critical errors

    Some companies decide to try to create their own machines or equipment in an effort to save money. Unfortunately, companies who try a do-it-yourself crating process are more likely to face three potential problems:

    • Wasted Time: It takes an inexperienced person much longer to build or pack a crate than a seasoned expert.
    • Costly Errors: Novice in-house employees may build crates that end up being too large or too small to provide maximum protection.
    • Delivery Delays: Lost time due to inexperience and mistakes can slow down the entire shipping process, leading to delayed arrivals.

    4) Provide cost-effective solutions to shipping roadblocks

    Crating gurus are resourceful. They can come up with fast, simple packaging solutions to help people adhere to shipping restrictions while controlling costs. This expertise can prove to be invaluable when trying to deliver life-saving equipment and machines.

    Consider a medical equipment company that needs to deliver anesthesia machines to Africa. Some airlines have a maximum pallet or crate height of 64 inches, which poses a challenge because anesthesia machines are tall. A crating expert may propose removing the casters and placing them inside the crate with the machine. This simple measure can shave several inches off the height of the machine, thereby enabling the crated machine to meet minimum height restrictions.

    5) Prepare shipments for export 

    There is no substitute for an experienced crating and packaging specialist when shipping valuables overseas. It is not uncommon for some multi-modal shipments to be housed in multiple trucks, rails, and vessels prior to arrival at their ultimate destination. Even a seemingly straightforward air freight shipment of a single crate may involve several trucks and placement on two or three different cargo planes.

    More importantly, crating and packaging experts have a strong working knowledge of the regulations that govern international shipments. For instance, they are aware of international packaging standards and can provide heat-treated crates and pallets if necessary:

    "Wood packaging material made of unprocessed raw wood is recognized as a pathway for the introduction and spread of pests. To limit the entry and spread of quarantine pest through international trade, the International Plant Protection Convention adopted the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade." - USDA

    6) Shield valuables from the elements

    Heat, sunlight, rain, snow, salt, and humidity can potentially compromise the quality of valuables during the shipping process. And if you plan to ship equipment and machinery overseas in a shipping container, the exposure to the elements is even greater. But if the equipment is wrapped, securely packed, and housed in a sturdy crate, you can help prevent the rust and corrosion that can sometimes occur when shipping by sea freight.

    7) Convey a professional image to your clients

    First impressions are critical to securing a client's repeat business. If a client's first order arrives damaged or poorly packaged, the client will be less likely to trust your business again in the future. But when valuables arrive neatly packed and protected in a customized crate, you are more likely to earn the customer's trust and confidence in your organization.

    Your trusted solution for transportation and custom crating

    Clearly, there are many reasons to invest in expert crating solutions to protect your shipments. But remember not all crating providers are equal. As you compare crating and packaging specialists, it's important to select an experienced company with a proven track record of success providing customized crating services. 

    As a premier logistics company, Aries Worldwide Logistics offers a one-stop-shop solution for organizations in need of packaging, crating, and transportation solutions. Since 1984, our award-winning team of professionals has helped companies across the globe ship and receive valuable cargo. We ensure that every shipment meets or exceeds compliance standards, and use only the highest quality heat-treated lumber when preparing shipments for ocean export. Most importantly, we work tirelessly for our clients to provide them with the safest, most secure shipping options at a price they can afford. 

    We invite you to contact us by phone at 888-502-7437 or simply fill out our quote request form online. We look forward to helping you save money and protect your shipments with our customized crating service!

  4. How Using an FTZ Can Save Your Business Money

    03/10/2021

    In many cases, importers and exporters can save significant amounts of money by utilizing the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program. Originally created in the 1930s, the purpose of the FTZ is to help improve the competitiveness of United States businesses on the global market by reducing costs from taxes and tariffs and customs duties and decreasing burdensome regulations.

    But many business owners and logistics professionals aren’t aware of just how much money they could save by utilizing an FTZ. When deciding whether the FTZ program is a smart move for your business, there are a number of important cost-saving benefits to mull over. Here are a few to consider.


    Duty Deferral, Reduction, or Elimination

    Of all customs programs, FTZs allow the most duty deferral. Businesses can ship and store imported goods in the FTZ without paying duties or inventory tax while they are stored in them. Customs fees are assessed only when goods enter United States customs territory upon consumption clearance and exit from the FTZ, and exports leaving the United States are not subject to import duties or taxes at all. Goods and products transferred from one FTZ to another are also not taxed.

    For example, a company can bring a product to an FTZ in the United States, make adjustments or be stored, and ship the product back out without being taxed, as the products never actually enter U.S. commerce.


    Savings on Inverted Tariffs

    If tariffs on raw materials or the component parts of an unfinished product are higher than on the finished product as a whole, a manufacturer in the United States who imports materials or unassembled goods may be at a disadvantage regarding cost savings.

    Among the benefits of utilizing an FTZ is the ability to pay the lower duty, whether that is on the materials or the finished product. Frequently there may be no tariff on a completed manufactured product, which gets rid of associated costs when importing materials or parts. Utilizing an FTZ is the only way to benefit from inverted tariffs.

    If tariffs on raw materials or the component parts of an unfinished product are higher than on the finished product as a whole, a manufacturer in the United States who imports materials or unassembled goods may be at a disadvantage regarding cost savings.


    Weekly Customs Entries

    Ordinarily, a business importing goods is required to file a customs entry each time a shipment enters the United States, but an importer taking advantage of an FTZ has the option to only file one entry per week. This generates savings on merchandising processing fees and allows for quicker filling. Additionally, it is worth noting that harbor maintenance fees are paid quarterly on goods that enter an FTZ as opposed to upon entry into U.S. customs.

    This benefit also allows companies to conduct their business around the clock. One place where Aries excels above and beyond the competition is customer service and availability, and this holds true with our warehousing and logistics solutions as well. In some cases, a customer may require immediate service, and we are available 24/7 – especially since we know customs is not one to wait.  


    Indefinite Storage Capability

    While other solutions like bonded warehouses only allow storage of goods for up to five years, a business can leave goods of unlimited size or capacity in an FTZ indefinitely, even if the goods are subject to quota restrictions. The items can then enter U.S. customs territory when the quota opens up. This can generate important benefits for companies in the area of cash flow management on imports.

    For example, if a U.S. business does not utilize an FTZ and has customers purchasing the goods to ship to Mexico, they will still do consumption entries on almost everything, and pay duties, taxes, and equity into the U.S. commerce. By correctly utilizing an FTZ, businesses can avoid paying duties and taxes on direct exports.


    Security Considerations and Insurance Costs

    An FTZ includes customs supervision and additional standard security protocols, which save businesses utilizing an FTZ from incurring additional costs on security and insurance – and because the insurable value of goods and products in an FTZ does not include customs duty, insurance costs, in general, are often lower.

    Additionally, because FTZs necessitate careful tracking on receipt, processing, and shipment of goods and products, companies utilizing an FTZ often see fewer errors in data, decreased waste and scrap, and increased accountability.

    It is also worth noting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through Customs and Border Protection, has designated the use of FTZ inbound admission procedures a secure supply chain best practice.


    Making Tough Logistics Challenges Easy

    Aries Worldwide Logistics is a strategic partner committed to helping you engineer your end-to-end supply chain strategy and achieve maximum performance. Aries has built a reputation based on proven expertise in logistics and product flow management and a demonstrated ability to execute reliably in many supply chains, logistics, and information technology models, despite today’s challenging and complex business environment.

    To learn more about FTZ warehouses and discover whether this logistics solution is the right fit for your business, contact Aries today.

  5. 2021 Brings New Aluminum License Requirements. Here's What Importers Need to Know.

    03/30/2021

    Importers, you will want to be aware of the new aluminum license requirements going into effect on June 28th, 2021.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has adopted the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system. The AIM system will have an online aluminum import license platform that will require importers, customs brokers, or their agents to apply for and obtain an import license for each entry of certain aluminum products into the United States through the website.

    The list of aluminum products, as well as their HTS codes, these regulations affect can be found on the International Trade Administration website.

    You can also find detailed information about the final rule on the Federal Register website.

    Need expert help? Aries is ready to assist in any of your import or export needs.

  6. Securing Valuable Cargo for Cross Country Trucking

    03/10/2021

    Most consumers are unaware of the incredible logistics that go into moving high-value freight by truck across this country. They shop at places like the Apple Store and purchase gasoline at the pump, but they rarely stop to wonder about the infrastructure that makes these modern miracles possible. For instance, when shipping electronics and computer parts across country by truck, you need to attend to dozens of details, from precisely managing humidity and temperature levels to protecting cargo from theft. When moving oversized oil and gas pipeline components, meanwhile, you may have to map out your route in great detail to make sure your truck can haul the load safely on the road. Delays and inefficiencies can cost companies thousands of dollars. Packing and shipping errors can cause accidents.  

    What best practices can protect your valuable freight? 


    Use Trained and Experienced Drivers 

    A trusted team can ensure that high-value freight is carefully packed, loaded, and attended to during transit. Responsible drivers abide by the rules of the road. They plan ahead so that they don’t overexert themselves and put the cargo (and the lives of others) at risk. They communicate when problems occur. Their experience gives them strong intuition about which routes and highways to take as well as how to handle unexpected events, such as bad weather, mechanical problems with the vehicle, and minor accidents. They also follow protocol when parking or resting to make sure the cargo is secure. Logistics companies that use veteran drivers also build solid relationships with these people. A genuine partnership—as opposed to a “gun for hire” arrangement—means everyone works as a team. Drivers understand the concerns of the stakeholders and take them to heart. 


    Go Fast and Stay in Control 

    The longer your freight lingers in transit, the more time there is for accidents, theft, and inefficiencies in the supply chain. In some cases, delays of a few hours or even a day are manageable. But just in time supply chains need to operate like clockwork. Your trucking logistics company should be set up to move your load from warehouse to warehouse with minimal friction and few intermediary steps.  

    Some brokers, for instance, don’t have packing, crating, or warehousing. Without these capabilities, it can be difficult to go fast without rushing the process and losing control of it. Going fast also means getting a quote as soon as you need one. Waiting too long to hear back on a quote can lead to costly delays. 


    Track Your Progress 

    At Aries, we’ve found that our customers who move high-value cargo love being able to stay in touch with us as needed. We provide 24-hour tracking and easy visibility of the process, so clients can manage expectations. Sophisticated tracking systems let you measure pressure, humidity, light exposure, and physical forces on the cargo over time.  


    Understand Your Route 

    GPS and other navigation tools can shave down shipping time. But knowledge counts, too, in surprising ways. Shipping costs shift over time and across the country. In the East Coast during winter, for instance, flatbed rates tend to be higher because drivers don’t want to be out in frigid weather. During produce season in the summer, getting freight out of Florida tends to be more expensive and harder to procure because of the rush to move oranges. Likewise, you must pay close attention to weather conditions. (Could your flatbed carrying refrigerated computer components wind up idling in the Texas heat?) And you need to be aware of local events. A marathon, protest, or city festival won’t appear in advance on your GPS but can snarl your cargo in traffic for hours. 


    Secure Your Cargo  

    High-value freight can include computer and electronics parts; pharmaceuticals; hospital and medical equipment; aerospace components and technologies; certain retail products; and oil and gas pipelines and equipment. You must keep your supply chain secure at every point in the process. Doing so requires advanced technology, quality control processes, risk management strategies, worker verification systems, and anti-theft monitoring. You also must use due diligence when recruiting and training anyone who will have access to the cargo—at a warehouse, during loading and unloading, and during transit. Depending on the nature of what’s being moved, you may also need to protect your cargo from exploding, melting, outgassing, or creating other hazards. 


    Work with a Trucking Logistics Team Known Excellent Customer Service 

    Ultimately, whether you’re shipping a commodity like corn or a multi-million dollar turbine for Boeing or Northrop Grumman, the key to success is finding people you trust. They should be committed to doing everything possible to help you succeed. At Aries, the foundation of our high-value cross-country trucking logistics is our team. We recruit, train, support, and celebrate people who demonstrate integrity, perform at a top-level, and treat everyone with respect. We begin each day by asking ourselves one question: how can we make our customers’ logistics easy for them? We believe this commitment translates into tangible benefits for companies that must ship high-value freight. It lets us develop long-term, respectful relationships with the best drivers in the industry. It allows us to respond rapidly when customers ask for quotes or want to know how fast-moving weather events will affect a shipment. It helps us help our clients track their routes, monitor their cargo, and keep freight secure.  

    You can request a job quote anytime by calling, chatting, or filling out our quote form.

    (888) 502-7437

  7. USMCA Replaces NAFTA: Overview

    03/10/2021

    The U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) will replace NAFTA entering into-force on July 01, 2020.


    Rules of Origin:

    The following are USMCA origin criteria used to qualify product:  

    1. The good is a good wholly obtained or produced entirely in the territory of one or more USMCA countries.
    2. The good is produced entirely in the territory of one or more USMCA countries using non-originating materials, if the goods satisfies all applicable requirements.
    3. The good is produced entirely in the territory of one or more USMCA countries, exclusively from originating materials.
    4. The good is produced entirely…. But does not satisfy the requirements (B) because both the good and its materials are under the same subheading or under the same heading not further subdivided into subheadings….
    5. The good itself, as imported, is listed in table 2.10.1 of the USMCA and is imported into the territory of the US from the territory of a USMCA country.

    HTS product classifications must be reviewed for products going to other USMCA Countries to assure proper origin.

    Some rules of origin for products that are not wholly obtained or produced or “exclusively made of originating materials” have been modified.

    New criteria for the Automotive and Auto Parts Imports are contained, including increases in RVC (Regional Value Content) and Labor Value Content.


    Regional Value Content Rules:

    RVC only applies when Product Specific Rules provide for it.  There are two optional methods: The Transaction Value Method and The Net Cost Method.


    The Transaction Value Method:

    RVC = (TV-VNM)/TV x 100

    RVC is the regional value content, expressed as a (%) percentage

    TV is the transaction value of the good, adjusted to exclude costs incurred in the international shipment of the good.

    VNM is the value of non-originating materials including materials of undetermined origin used by the producer in the production of the good.


    The Net Cost Method:

    RVC = (NC-VNM)/NC x 100

    RVC is the regional value content, expressed as a percentage.

    NC is the net cost of the good.

    VNM is the value of non-originating materials including materials of undetermined origin used by the producer in the production of the good.


    Certification for USMCA:

    Under this agreement, the Certificate of Origin has been eliminated, and instead of claiming duty free, the entry must be supported by containing a certification signed by the producer, exporter, or importer, at the time the claim is made, usually at entry.

    The Certification must contain (ANNEX 5-A) a minimum of data elements, they are:

    • Name, address, and contact info of entity submitting (producer, exporter, or importer) the claim.
    • Claim certifier’s name, title, address (including country) company and contact info (telephone & e-mail address)
    • Exporter’s name, address (including country) and contact info if different from certifier.  Note: This info is not required if the producer is completing the certification and does not know the identity of the exporter.
    • Producer’s name, address (including country), contact info (if different from certifier or exporter). In case of multiple producers, state “Various” or provide a list of producers. Note: The address of a producer shall be the place of production of the good in a party’s territory.
    • Provide, if known, the importers name, address, and contact info.
    • Description of product(s) and HTS classification to at least 6 digits. The description should be sufficient to relate it to the covered good.
    • Origin criteria under which product qualifies.
    • If a single shipment, include the invoice #. If blanket certification, include the blanket period.
    • Signature, date, and certification statement.


    Certification Statement:

    “I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification.” (Name, title, signature, date) THEREFORE: IOR better served in obtaining Exporter or Producer’s Certificate.


    USMCA Enforcement:

    Customs authorities in the country of import may send a questionnaire to the importer or producer, request a visit to the producer, or other procedures to verify the correctness of the certification.

    Each country may take criminal, civil or administrative actions for making false statements on certifications or related violations.

    Exporters may also be eligible for penalties for making false statements on certifications.

    The new agreement contains new provisions to combat AD/CVD evasion, and prohibitions on the importation of goods sourced from force labor.


    Changes Under USMCA:

    Customs has a deadline to issue a determination.

    Customs is required to notify the importer about the verification procedures implemented against the exporter or producer (except textiles).

    Customs is authorized to schedule an audit to the importer, exporter, or producer. However, the audited entity can negotiate (not recommended) a date postponement of the scheduled visit.


    Importance of Regulatory Compliance:

    Now, more than ever, strong compliance efforts are essential. You need to not just attend USMCA training, but you should also read the treaty and the law and regulations.

    Update your manual, desktop procedures, and audit your entries to ensure compliance with the new agreement.

    Scrutiny of foreign suppliers, their products, documents, and declarations are essential.


    Compliance Guidance:

    CBP urges the trade community to monitor CBP.gov/Trade, the Cargo System Messaging Service, and @CBPTradeGov on Twitter for updates on USMCA implementation dates; regulatory drafting; Frequently Asked Questions and other compliance resources.

    The USMCA contains provisions relating to the prohibition of the importation of goods sourced from forced labor. For additional information on CBP’s enforcement against this prohibition, please visit the Forced Labor webpage.


    USMCA Agreement, Final Text:

    https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/united-states-mexico-canada-agreement/agreement-between


    USMCA Implementation Act (Public Law 116-113) https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5430/text


    Interim Implementation Instructions https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/usmca-interim-implementation-instructions

  8. It's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    03/10/2021

    This year has been filled with unique challenges. This week, we collectively thank our truck drivers because they kept the supply chain in motion and the world moving.

    Every year, the American Trucking Association drives the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week campaign to bring awareness to this critical profession.

    This year's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19, 2020.

    Thank you ALL truck drivers!

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