2011 Customs Update: Balancing global priorities

Updated Incoterms, new trade agreements, and increasing demands for improvements in supply chain security are putting more pressure on global logistics managers. Our compliance expert offers an update on the evolving compliance scene and best practices for developing a “value chain” model for overcoming these challenges.
image

Border Patrol Agents routinely conduct searches of trains entering the U.S. from Canada.

By Suzanne Richer, President, Customs & Trade Solutions, Inc.
January 14, 2011 - LM Editorial

Global supply chain and customs compliance professionals are now forced to wear many hats; and it appears that the evolving regulatory environment in 2011 will add a few more.

This year will find the introduction of updated Incoterms along with a new South Korea/U.S. trade agreement and continued demands for sustained improvements in supply chain security. And there’s little doubt that these mounting challenges will require a focused approach to managing current and emerging global compliance programs.

Taking a strategic approach towards managing global compliance trends supports a strong risk assessment model—and more importantly, adds value to a corporation’s bottom line through reduced costs. By installing a series of steps focused on cost savings, regulatory compliance, and an increased awareness of how a product is brought to market, companies can transform their regulatory compliance programs into a “value chain” model that supports a stronger bottom line to the corporation.

Click below for related articles. 

U.S., Korea make progress on trade pact

2010 retail container volumes expected to be up nearly 15 percent, says Port Tracker

Supply chain security in a high-risk world

 



About the Author

Suzanne Richer
President, Customs & Trade Solutions, Inc.

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Working with research partner, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,023 global procurement executives from 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

U.S. Carloads were down 7.8 percent annually at 259,544, and intermodal volume was off 15.7 percent for the week ending February 21 at 213,617 containers and trailers.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Logistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in December 2014 was up 5.4 percent annually at $95.8 billion. This marks the 11th straight month of annual increases, according to BTS officials.

While the volume decline was steep, there was numerous reasons behind it, including terminal congestion, protracted contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and other supply chain-related issues, according to POLA officials.

Truckload rates for the month of January, which measures truckload linehaul rates paid during the month, saw a 7.9 percent annual hike, and intermodal rates dropped 0.3 percent compared to January 2014, which the report pointed out marks the first annual intermodal pricing decline since December 2013.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA