Ascent Global Logistics Blog


Insuring Overseas: Your Guide to International Cargo Insurance

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Nov 4, 2019 4:05:14 PM

Trading globally involves risks, but having international cargo insurance is one of the best ways to offer peace of mind to both the buyer and the seller. Ascent Global Logistics wants your shipments to be monetarily safeguarded against physical loss or damage while in transit. If you have shipped many times before, or are new to the international shipping trade, it is worthwhile to review how insurance can help your company be protected.

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Topics: INCOterms, Export, Import, Cargo Insurance, Trade, Compliance, International

Compliance Circular: October 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Oct 8, 2019 12:46:32 PM

Section 321 Entries – Voluntary Pilot in Place

In the Tariff Act of 1930, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorized an exemption of duty and taxes under Section 321(a)(2)(C) for goods not over a designated value. Originally, that value was $200 - one $200 shipment per person per day, with minimal documentation required for entry. On February 24, 2016, the de minimis value was increased to $800 – one $800 shipment per person per day. This increase was part of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) and CBP implemented and met all TFTEA requirements by August of 2016.

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Topics: Trade, Compliance, International Trade Commission, International

Compliance Circular: September 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Sep 3, 2019 11:45:48 AM

Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality: Who Can See Your Information?

With varying regulations governing the disclosure (Freedom of Information Act) or confidentiality (Department of Homeland Security) of certain records, it can sometimes be challenging to know who can have access to what information in the international world of trade. Importers and exporters, along with their brokers, forwarders and ocean carriers, must follow certain guidelines as to what information must be disclosed and what must be kept confidential in the commercial environment.

19 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 103.31 Subpart C provides guidance on vessel manifests, including who can be privy to that information. Members of the press, including newspapers, commercial magazines, trade journals and similar publications are allowed to review the vessel manifests of imports and exports and the following data associated with them:

  • Name and address of the shipper
  • General nature of the cargo
  • Number of cartons/packages
  • Gross weight
  • Carrier Name
  • Port of Export
  • Port of Destination
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Topics: Export, Import, Customs, Compliance, Shipping, International

Compliance Circular: August 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Aug 1, 2019 2:50:53 PM

CBP Promises Transparency and Commitment to National Security at 2019 Trade Symposium

Over 1,200 members of the trade community including importers, exporters, customs brokers, forwarders, carriers and various supporting businesses descended on Chicago July 22-24, 2019 to hear from the top leadership of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service. Speakers included Mark Morgan (Acting Commissioner of CBP), Kevin McAleenan (Acting Secretary of DHS) and Brenda Smith (EAC from the Office of Trade). Also in attendance were speakers from CBP, FDA, DOC and USTR.

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Topics: Compliance, International

Compliance Circular July 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jul 1, 2019 11:30:33 AM

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently held their annual CTPAT Conference in San Antonio, TX, with an attendance of over 1,500 CTPAT members – from importers and exporters to Canadian and Mexican foreign manufacturers, from highway carriers and sea carriers to brokers and freight forwarders. A sea of people converged upon the seventh largest city in the nation and CBP did not disappoint – providing valuable information  regarding the updated Minimum Security Criteria as well as how security in our agriculture is vital to our economy.

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Topics: Compliance, International

Compliance Circular June 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jun 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Tips for a Lower-Stress Travel Experience This Summer

One of the busiest travel seasons has arrived, with travelers preparing to take trips that will have them transiting through airports both domestically and internationally, as well as crossing various international borders and possibly interacting with different customs officials. Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) share tips to help make those encounters go more smoothly and quickly.

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Topics: Compliance, International

Compliance Circular May 2019

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on May 15, 2019 10:38:52 AM

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, which amended the Shipping Act of 1984, went into effect on May 1, 1999. This shipping act combined non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) and ocean freight forwarders under one category labeled "ocean transportation intermediary" (OTI). An intermediary is defined as "a person who acts as a link between people in order to try to bring about an agreement." 

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Topics: Compliance, International

UPDATE: EPA, TSCA And Wood Products

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Apr 4, 2019 11:28:09 AM

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, also known as the TSCA Title VI, was fully implemented as of March 22, 2019 following a nine-year waiting period.

Composite wood products required to be certified as emission compliant by CARB and EPA recognized Third-Party Certified (TPC) starting on May 22, 2017. From May 22, 2017 through March 22, 2019, products regulated by TSCA Title VI had to be labeled as TSCA Title VI or CARB ATCM Phase II compliant.

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Topics: Compliance, International

Power Of Attorney: Critical To International Shippers

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 5, 2019 1:08:35 PM
When people hear the phrase "Power of Attorney," they often think immediately of a Medical Power of Attorney or a Dependent Power of Attorney. However, Powers of Attorney are crucial to the International Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage world. Powers of Attorney are the mechanism by which the importer or exporter authorizes the forwarder or broker to act on their behalf in customs related transactions. 
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Topics: Compliance, International

Give Thanks To Your Broker! Our Brokers Are At The Heart Of Our Industry

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Feb 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

In February, we often celebrate Valentine’s day with candy and flowers for the people who have a special place in our heart. This month’s compliance circular is going to focus on some of the people at the heart of the international freight forwarding industry, the Customs Brokers. As early as 1799, Customs Brokers were called “known agents or factors” and could make entry on behalf of cargo owners who were unable to do so, for a variety of reasons.

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Topics: Compliance, International