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Ben Bidwell — Director of U.S. Customs

Ben joined C.H. Robinson in 2004 and became a Licensed Customs House Broker in 2007. Ben has consulted and resolved a wide range of Customs disputes for clients involving classification, country of origin, marking violations, seizures, and protests and for products ranging from hospitality goods, automobile tires, apparel and textiles, toys, and other consumer retail goods. Ben is director of U.S. Customs and is located in C.H. Robinson’s Corporate Headquarters.

2019 Tariff Changes: Expectations and Supply Chain Strategies

If you’re currently navigating the impact of tariff changes as well as the potentially additional billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, we have the information you need to understand what’s changing—and just as important—what you can do about it. » Read More

Trade Acronyms as a Second Language

Everyone is talking about trade and tariffs—and the potential impacts on businesses and countries. But do you feel lost in a sea of jargon as you listen to the talk? People don’t mean to be rude. But as they explain what’s at stake and recommend courses of action, they may take for granted that you can speak what is essentially a foreign language as well as they can. » Read More

China, Tariffs, and Trade Policy. What’s Going On?

China, Tariffs, and Trade Policy. What’s Going On? | C.H. Robinson

If changes in trade policy have been giving you and your team whiplash lately, you’re not alone. A lot has happened recently on the global stage, and there is a lot to sift through. We compiled some of the top concerns we hear from customers. Read this summary, and consider how you will manage potential disruptions to your supply chain as developments continue to unfold. 
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Red Alert! A Customs Audit May Be Closer Than You Think

A Customs Audit May Be Closer Than You Think | Transportfolio

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is stepping up enforcement of import trade compliance. As more and more companies are experiencing a Focused Assessment, you have to wonder whether your company might be next. Here’s a primer on who’s likely to be audited, and what you should do before, during, and after a visit from CBP.
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Global Logistics and Trade Programs: An Update on GSP and C-TPAT

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Updates and adjustments to global trade programs have been capturing headlines and creating uncertainty for several months. Even with NAFTA negotiations moving into 2018, there are still other possible global trade updates on the horizon that shippers should keep an eye on. Here’s a brief check-in on two important global trade programs that are on the cusp of potential change.
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Countdown to Black Friday: 2 Tips to Help Ease the Customs Process

Countdown to Black Friday: 2 Tips to Help Ease the Customs Process.Transportfolio

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As consumers eagerly anticipate the Black Friday deals that are only weeks away, shipments of the products they can’t wait to purchase are still making their way to store shelves. But before they get to retail locations, imported goods need to clear customs.
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4 Key Takeaways from the Global Supply Chain Summit

4 Key Takeaways from the Global Supply Chain Summit.Transportfolio

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Discussions about customs automation, the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and infrastructure status and its trade implications swirled in Washington, D.C., at the 4th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In case you weren’t able to be there, these were my takeaways from the event.

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5 Reasons to Look Forward to ACE Cargo Release

Tblog_AirCargo“Now that we are able to clear via eSTBs, our paperwork turnaround time is amazingly fast.”
“We can clear more shipments, earlier.”

These are just a few of the things C.H. Robinson employees are saying about piloting U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) software. While it’s taken CBP nearly a decade to develop the trade software, ACE is meant to streamline trade facilitation and support President Obama’s executive order mandating that all trade be facilitated electronically via a single platform by December 31, 2016. But what will this mean for your customs filings? » Read More

A Big Week for U.S. Trade Legislation: Updates on TPA & GSP

Gov UpdateSome of us in the trade community have felt the U.S. trade agenda had been neglected for the last five to eight years by a Congress that is focused more on domestic issues. While it sometimes wasn’t pretty, over the last 10 days, trade was suddenly the only topic in Congress and it resulted in some significant legislation. While the final version is still being published and we are continuing to review it, here is a summary of what has passed and the alphabet soup of acronyms:

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