Nearly three years ago, C.H. Robinson’s President of Managed Services, Jordan Kass, spoke before Congress to detail industry concerns over the U.S. government’s role in supply chains. Today, amid an uncertain trade situation on the U.S.-Mexico border, his words seem unusually predictive.
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On March 27, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a notice detailing the re-assignment of over 750 officers from various ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border to help process people crossing the border. This past weekend, rhetoric increased significantly regarding the potential of closing the border completely. While this threat is not new, it certainly feels different this time around, and specifically raises questions for those involved in regular cross border freight movements. With the news that Secretary Nielsen is cutting short a trip to Europe, what can supply chain professionals anticipate regarding cross-border operations?
Did you know that the U.S. – Canada border is one of the most important borders in the world?
Canada is the number one market for U.S. exports and 60% of Canada’s overall trade is with the United States.* Last week, the United States, Canada, and Mexico struck a new tri-lateral agreement to replace NAFTA, now called USMCA. Once ratified by all three countries, USMCA ensures the U.S. and Canada will remain strong trade partners into the future.
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
Trade regulations are always changing, with daily updates to old rules and the addition of new ones. When I’m helping companies with issues related to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), people are often curious about what causes fines and penalties and what they can do to prevent them. Here are the answers to the most asked questions. » Read More
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
You’ve paid your import duties. Now, you’ll receive a retroactive refund for duties on entries eligible for Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) treatment that were filed between July 31, 2013, and July 28, 2015. There is a catch that can mean you’ll never see those refunds. Here are the details of this change and what you’ll have to do to get everything you’re owed.
Some 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:
Nearshoring, the act of transferring manufacturing and production lines away from its foreign location and closer to the United States, is increasing in popularity. More U.S. parties show significant interest in better understanding the cross-border shipping process. The increased interest has exposed many misconceptions within the shipping community, which otherwise cloud the fundamentals of cross-border transportation. Clarifying these assumptions helps improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and grow U.S./Mexico trade relationships. Listed below are three common and incorrect assumptions shippers make about the cross-border shipping process. » Read More
On a personal level we’ve all thought about chartering an entire plane to some far off, exotic locale at some point or another. Not having to deal with long lines, cramped leg room, and strangers in the next aisle over sounds like paradise, especially for people who fly often. For many of us, this will only ever be wishful thinking because many times the negative aspects of flying via private plane outweigh the positives. However, that may not be the case when shipping your cargo. » Read More